With their 31st round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Mets selected shortstop Vance…
Q&A with Mets 35th Round Pick Brad Markey
Brad Markey: Well, it's a funny story. I was actually at the baseball field for picking up my bags and some of my gear and when I got back to my phone I realized I had missed a bunch of calls and texts. That's when I found out I had been selected by the Mets. It didn't really hit me at first, but when I realized what happened I just couldn't stop smiling.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: That must have been an amazing feeling. Were you at all surprised that it was the Mets that selected you? Had you talked to any scouts before the draft?
Markey: I talked to them probably a week before and after a couple rounds I thought, "well, I guess maybe not year." So I was really surprised when I heard that I had been drafted.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Do you have any idea what the Mets organization or farm system is like?
Markey: To be honest, not much. I'm actually not too familiar with the farm system but I'll just see what happens.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Give us a sense of how you play. 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?
Markey: Well, my fastball is usually within a 90-94 mph range. My two-seamer is usually a couple miles per hours below that, like 89-91. My curveball is around 80-82 and my changeup is around 75-80 mph. I would say that my strengths lie in my commands. I'm not afraid to throw any pitch at any time. But right now I really need to work on throwing pitches that'll get me into the later innings and that will keep the other team off balance—that's what I plan on working on this summer.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
Markey: I'm actually from Baltimore, so naturally I'm an Orioles fan and my favorite player had to Cal Ripken Jr. But over the last couple years, and especially as of recently, the Mets are definitely at the top of the list.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Mets fans would love to get a feel for what you're like on the mound. Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level and why?
Markey: That's actually a really tough question. When you take my height into consideration and my pitching performance, I honestly think it's really hard to make a comparison. I don't think I could name a player that I try to emulate.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us about your best moment in baseball and why?
Markey: Best moment? When I was in high school, helping my team be state champions was a great moment. When I went to Santa Fe, we made it to the conference playoffs, but I think my favorite moment so far has been being being drafted.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: This must be an immensely exciting time for you. Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
Markey: Well, I would love to sign right no, but it all depends on how things go with the Mets. I'm just going to see what happens.
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