RC was in Cedar Rapids over the weekend, where we got a chance to speak with the three Burlington…
RC Interview with 3rd rounder Tyler Sample
Tyler Sample: That's right. It was exciting. My agent told me that I was gonna go a little bit higher than I did. When I got the call, it was really exciting.
RC: Where were you expecting to go in the draft?
TS: My agent was kind of saying pick 45 through 55. That's what he was thinking.
RC: Did you know the Royals were really interested in taking you?
TS: I had actually talked with the Royals' area scout the most, so I figured they probably had the most interest.
RC: Could you give me a little scouting report on your game. What pitches do you throw, and what speeds do you generally work at?
TS: My four-seam fastball is about 90-92, and I top it out at about 95 mph. And then I'm working on a two-seamer, and I think that's about 88-90. I also throw a spike curveball, and that's about 78-82. And I'm working on a changeup that's about 80-83.
RC: What would you say is your best attribute out on the mound? What makes you a successful pitcher?
TS: Just being able to repeat my delivery and throw strikes.
RC: What would you say needs the most work?
TS: Definitely my changeup. I need to be more consistent too.
RC: I understand you had Tommy John surgery and missed your sophomore year in high school. Could you talk a little bit about your recovery from that?
TS: Yeah, I'm doing great now. The rehab and the surgery weren't that bad. I didn't really notice that it was that bad. But just being away from the game for as long as I was was the most difficult part of it.
RC: I've read that you worked extensively with [Red Sox scout and professional instructor] Darryl Milne on your mechanics and pitches. What were some of the specific changes you worked on?
TS: Just being more consistent with it. Like whenever I flew out on my front side, he'd tell me, and I'd just repeat my delivery with him watching.
RC: Are there any big leaguers you look up to or try to model your game after.
TS: Yeah, a local guy would be Roy Halladay. He's a great pitcher. And then Josh Becket and all those guys. Power guys.
RC: So what's next for you? When do you ship out?
TS: I'm leaving Tuesday for Surprise, Arizona.
RC: Great, well like I said, congratulations again, and thanks for talking with me.
TS: Thank you.
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