2007 MLB Draft Q&A: Drake Britton

Drake Britton has already gotten a great deal of exposure, pitching in various national events including the AFLAC All-American Classic. The southpaw out of Tomball High School in Texas is also being touted as a potential first rounder in the 2007 draft. We recently sat down with Drake to discuss his college decision, his summer and much more.

Scout.com: First of all, I'm sure it was a summer of showcases for you. How you do you feel your summer went and what were you able to get out of it?

Drake Britton: I felt that my summer went very good. I pitched against some of the best players in the country and proved that I can compete with them.

Scout.com: Which event do you think you had your best showing at and why?

Drake Britton: The AFLAC All-American game because I had the opportunity to show multiple pitches and how I could handle adversity after giving up the home run. I continued to stay focused and pitch through the inning.

Scout.com: If you had describe your overall game, what are some important things you'd point out and basically what should people know about your style of pitching?

Drake Britton: I am an aggressive type of pitcher. I do not mind throwing inside to batters. I am comfortable in throwing any of my pitches in a full count situation but would prefer to throw my slider if given a choice.

Scout.com: What would you say is your strongest attribute as a pitcher and why?

Drake Britton: My strongest attribute is my ability to keep hitters off balance due to my different types of pitches.

Scout.com: Have you committed to a college yet? If so, which one and have you thought ahead about the decision you could have to make between going pro and college?

Drake Britton: Yes, I just verbally committed (10/4) to Texas A&M University. I have not given much though to the draft yet because I have been focusing on my college situation.

Scout.com: What do you feel are the most significant improvements you have to make over the next year and how do you plan to correct them?

Drake Britton: Being more efficient with my pitches. Keeping my pitch count down also. I also want to get better pitch selections, or sequences, and hit my spots.

Scout.com: It seems that you were a player that moved up a lot on many prospects lists this summer. What differences do you think there were in your game that got you the added attention?

Drake Britton: My body. I was told last year to get my body in shape and I have worked very hard on doing that. My average velocity has increased from 88 MPH to 93 MPH.

Scout.com: What do you feel is the most important thing an organization should know about you that they might not see at first glance?

Drake Britton: I like to work hard at baseball and I am always trying to improve myself.

Scout.com: What big league player would you best compare yourself to in terms of style and why?

Drake Britton: Roger Clemens. I stay balanced over the pitching rubber and I keep my body movements to a minimum.

Scout.com: Could you please describe your repertoire of pitches, the velocities of each and which is your best pitch, etc.

Drake Britton: My fastball is 94 MPH, my slider is 83 MPH, my curveball is around 75 MPH, my circle changeup is about 65 MPH and I think my best pitch is my slider.

Scout.com: If you had to look back at a turning point in your career, what would it be? In other words, when did you realize you could take your game to the next level?

Drake Britton: My sophomore year. I changed my work ethic and my approach to pitching. I began pitching and stopped throwing.

Scout.com: How do you feel playing against such strong competition has helped you as a player?

Drake Britton: It has made me become a better pitcher. It raised my level of intensity and gave me an understanding of what pitching at the next level will be like.

Scout.com: Has the pressure of picking a school and getting all the attention from scouts and things like that been difficult for you? What have you done to handle all of that?

Drake Britton: I was a little overwhelmed at first but I learned about the process and have taken things one step at a time.

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