Q&A with Mets 10th Round Pick Paul Sewald

Sewald likes the movement on his pitches

With their tenth round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Mets selected right-handed pitcher Paul Sewald from the University of San Diego. In this exclusive Draft Day Q&A, he talks about his process of being drafted by the organization, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, if he's looking to sign quickly, and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Mets.

Paul Sewald: The Mets are a great organization and I'm really excited to have been drafted by a team with a lot of promise and good ownership.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? Had you and the Mets talked much before the draft?

Sewald: I was a little surprised, but it seemed more and more like it was going to be Mets before the draft because we did speak a few times on draft day.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Do you have any idea what the Mets organization or farm system is like?

Sewald: I have a very general idea. I had a friend or two go through the Mets organization. I'm really just looking to learn about the organization and I'm excited to see whatever they give me.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Sewald: I throw a 4-seam and a 2-seam fastball at speeds of 88-91 MPH. I also throw a slider at speeds of 79-81 MPH and a changeup at speeds of 76-78 MPH. My favorite and strongest pitch is my slider because it gets most [of the] strikeouts.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Sewald: I've been a Dodgers fan my whole life and my favorite player is Matt Kemp. If I'm given the opportunity to face him, it will be a dream come true.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Mets' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Sewald: The closest comparison would be Derek Lowe from the Cleveland Indians. He doesn't throw exceptionally hard but he throws pitches that move. He's been a great pitcher for years and I would say my repertoire is close to his.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Sewald: I would have to say that [Tuesday], being drafted, was my best moment. It was the most rewarding day and it showed that all of my hard work paid off. I am so excited and so fortunate; [Tuesday] felt like it was all worth it.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: As a senior I'm sure you are looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away.

Sewald: Yes, I want to sign in the next couple of days and get to St. Lucie. I want to get playing as soon as possible since playing on the big leagues is my main goal.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What (if anything) would you like to improve the most on?

Sewald: I want to get bigger and stronger — that, to me, is the most important thing. That way, I can improve on my pitches as well as build up endurance for a 162-game season. I'm looking forward to doing whatever the Mets want me to do. I'm so excited to be working with Mets instructors because Major League instructors are the best in the world.

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