Q&A with Mets 2010 16th Rd Pick Ryan Fraser

Fraser was selected 482nd overall

With their 16th round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, the Mets selected right-hander Ryan Fraser out of the University of Memphis. Inside Pitch conducted a Draft Day Q&A with Fraser to learn about his pitching style, his repertoire, what he would like to make of his career, and more.

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Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you and the club have any discussions leading up to the draft?

Ryan Fraser: It wasn't really a surprise but at the same time I didn't know that out of all the clubs I talked to who I was going to get drafted by. I talked to my scouting agent and he talked to me a lot and a few times in person and he liked me enough to give me a chance.

Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?

Fraser: Just what I've looked at on the internet. I did some research and read a lot about them.

Inside Pitch: How do you feel your amateur days have prepared you for the jump to professional ball?

Fraser: Well being a senior and pitching at Memphis as well as in junior college has really prepared me to face the best of the best.

Inside Pitch: What type of pitcher are you? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?

Fraser: Basically I'm a two pitch guy and I'm still working on my change up…at this time I'm not sure what my role is going to be.

Inside Pitch: Did you have any ideas or projections of where you may go in the draft or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?

Fraser: Both….I've heard anywhere between the 5 and 20th which is a very broad range.

Inside Pitch: Can you describe your repertoire? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and what do you think needs the most work?

Fraser: My fast ball is between 90-94….I throw a power curve ball anywhere from 78-80.

Inside Pitch: To give our readers, and Mets fans, a better image of what you look like on the mound, is there someone at the big league level you could compare your style to?

Fraser: Roy Halladay because he was one of the best in the game. I hope to be a Hall of Famer one day under successful career like him. He worked his butt off everyday and he had a great career…just like me.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?

Fraser: Atlanta Braves and John Smoltz

Inside Pitch: What would you say was your best baseball moment by far?

Fraser: Pitching in a complete game against Tennessee Tech. To go that far and to have such a successful game is a good feeling. It was an away game and they had a lot of fans so that made it even better.

Inside Pitch: I'm sure you know New York is known for its high-intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of playing in New York one day?

Fraser: I'm definitely excited. I couldn't be more excited. I'm just ready to work my way up through the system.

Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and get your career started immediately?

Fraser: Yes

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