A three sport star in high school, Parker Bridwell signed for an over-slot bonus of $625,000 as the Orioles’ 9th round selection in the 2010 draft. Now that he’s focusing on one sport, the projectable righty has the ability become a serious threat on the mound.
During the days leading up to his pro debut, Bridwell talked to me about his current set of pitches, how he thinks he’ll do playing strictly baseball and where he thought he’d go on draft day.
JT: What is your current set of pitches and how do you feel about each one?
PB: I throw a fastball, curveball, changeup and cutter. Last time I was on the gun I was clocked around 90-93 mph with my fastball and the changeup is my main secondary pitch. I feel good about them all.
JT: What do you feel is your biggest asset?
PB: Nothing really, just pitching I guess. I just go out there and pitch.
JT: Can you talk about the transition from baseball, basketball and football to strictly baseball?
PB: I think I’ll really excel in baseball now that I’m focusing on one sport. Just putting in more time and practicing strictly baseball should help me a lot.
JT: Do you think there’s anything from football or basketball that can help you with baseball?
PB: Not really, both are a lot different from baseball. The only similarities between the three is the feeling of winning, I hate to lose.
JT: In what round did you think you would get drafted and what was your reaction when you heard your name called?
PB: I thought I was going to be selected in the 20-something round (laughs). I didn’t even know I got drafted until about three hours after I did.
JT: Why did you think you would be drafted so late? Was that an indication from scouts?
PB: Well they told me it would be an earlier round but you know it’s reality. I didn’t really believe it coming out of high school.