Yesterday I got the opportunity to interview Diamondbacks pitcher Jordan Watson. Watson was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 MLB draft by the Diamondbacks. Watson is making his first start of the 2017 season, after suffering from Tommy John. He is going to make his rehab start This Friday, August 4th in Rookie ball. I expect great things from Watson as his career moves forward.
Q: Explain what it took to get to where you are now?
A: “It took discipline. I haven’t made all the best choices growing up but one thing I never did was take a repetition off. I was once told that it doesn’t matter if they believe in you, it only matters if you believe in yourself. I’ve always believed in myself and that allows me to never give up.”
Q: Growing up who did you admire the most? And why?
A: “I would probably have to say my younger sister. She had a kid when she was 19 years old, and she straightened her life up and became very ambitious the day she found out she was pregnant. She provides for her son and puts him before herself and I admire that.”
Q: In your opinion what is your best pitch? And why?
A: “My best pitch can be any of my pitches on any day. I base how good each pitch is by the confidence I have in it that day.”
Q: If you could say one thing about your college coach, what would you say?
A: “He gave me a second chance at life. When nobody would give me a second chance, he did. I wouldn’t be playing professional baseball if it wasn’t for him. He held me accountable for my actions but was always there for words of wisdom if I was ever in a hard time. Just a class act.”
Q: What is your pregame routine?
A: “Nothing too crazy. Just like to warm my body up by running a little, and then some plyometrics, after that I use a weighted ball to help loosen my arm up before catch.”
Q: What Motto/Quote do you live by?
A: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t mark hard. In professional baseball everybody is good and the only thing that separates us is health and effort put into your craft.”
Q: If you could give any advice to kids trying to make it to this level, what would you tell them?
A: “The odds are stacked against you but don’t let the odds decide what you want to do. Nothing comes easy, stay the path and embrace the process.”
Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?
A: “Pitching in the World Series at USAO was surreal!”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do if you’re not playing baseball?
A: ” Playing 2k! Nobody wants to catch me on the sticks, I’m a force that can’t be beaten.”
Q: What is your favorite food and drink?
A: “Filet Mignon, mashed potatoes, with asparagus. Off to the side, I’ll have a Modello.”