Q&A with Mets 2010 30th Round Pick Josh Edgin
InsidePitchMagazine: First I'd like to say congratulations on being selected by the Mets. Can you give a glimpse into what went through your mind when you were drafted?
Josh Edgin: I was very happy. I went into the draft after my senior year and I really just wanted my shot. It was one of those things with emotions you can't really explain. I was really happy, my parents were really happy and I'm looking forward to getting out there and see what I can do.
Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you and the organization have any discussions leading up to the draft?
Edgin: I had talked to my area scout a little bit, but it wasn't that much talking. We had maybe one or two phone conversations. Being a senior, I went to the Braves last year in the 50th round but didn't sign. This year, I figured being a senior I may have needed to go through the free agent road but I was surprised when my name came up in the 30th round.
Inside Pitch: Well this certainly sounds like it isn't your first time going through the process. Now that you're a senior and you were drafted, do you have any ideas on what the Mets farm system is like?
Edgin: I hear it's okay. I haven't had a chance to do any research or anything. I had to get up early for work this morning and went to bed early last night, so I didn't really know anything about the draft until this morning. I know there are teams in Brooklyn, Kingsport and of course the Gulf Coast League. As far as that goes, that's all I know right now.
Inside Pitch: How do you feel your amateur days have prepared you to make a jump to pro ball?
Edgin: I feel like college prepared me pretty well. I think my preparation goes along with the way I pitch. Going from an aluminum bat league to a wood bat league will be interesting to see because I like to pitch inside a lot. That may help make things easier, not saying it'll be easy, but maybe easier because I already like to pitch inside. I played in a wood bat league last summer and I think I actually had more success there than I did in my last season of college ball. I feel like it has prepared me. The competition we had was pretty good.
Inside Pitch: Being a left-hander, can you explain what kind of pitcher you are and what kind of role you may see yourself fitting into?
Edgin: My scout texted me before the club picked me up and asked me about a bullpen job. Now, I've always been a starter but I consider myself a bulldog out there and I just keep going at people and don't try to finesse anything. I can hit my locations. I don't have that outstanding breaking ball that will completely throw someone off.
Inside Pitch: Will the breaking ball be one of the first things you work on when you get started? Can you describe the rest of your repertoire?
Edgin: I have a fastball, cutter, slider and changeup. My fastball is my best pitch. I have trouble with the slider. Some days it will be really good and other days I just can't find the same spot or feel for the pitch as when it feels really good. That's something I need to work on. I think I have a pretty decent changeup, but that too will need work. I could always use work.
Inside Pitch: Is there a big league player out there today whose style you take something away from? Is there a player out there you see some of yourself in?
Edgin: Just the way I pitch I think is like Jeremy Bonderman, but I'm not exactly sure whose style I look like. I think I just have my own style where I just out there and throw and attack.
Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and who was your favorite player growing up?
Edgin: I'd say my favorite player growing up was always Cal Ripken Jr. I wouldn't say I really have a current favorite. I just like to watch, critique and examine the game.
Inside Pitch: Obviously the hard work you put in could someday get you to New York. Have you given any thought to the prospects of one day playing in New York?
Edgin: It has crossed my mind. I've been to New York City two times and I loved being there. It's just an extraordinary place that's very different than where I come from. It'd be an honor to get a chance to play there someday.
Inside Pitch: Being a four-year senior, is it safe to say it's your intention to sign and get your career started?
Edgin: This whole time I just wanted a shot and get into a system. If it works out, it works out and if it doesn't, it doesn't but I will know that I gave it my best shot. So yea, I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing what I can do. Having the opportunity to play means a lot to me.
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