Q&A with Lugnuts Reliever Jordan Timm
Jordan Timm: I always consider my strength to be a control pitcher. In my career, I haven't walked a lot of guys. I don't throw real hard, so I can't afford not too. I throw a fastball that runs a lot, a slider and a change up. My change up has gotten better this year.
ITD: You were drafted after your junior season in college originally. What were some of the factors that went into your decision to go back to school?
Jordan Timm: Well there is a long story behind it and you could probably write a ten page article. Basically, what it came down too was my junior year, I was a first team All-American, and I was 11-0. I had a really good year and our team went to the World Series. Two days before the World Series, I got sick and I ended up being hospitalized throughout the World Series. That turned off some scouts and my stock dropped. I was expecting to be drafted between the fifth and seventh round or somewhere around there. There was some discussion about my health because I lost something like 30 pounds in two days. Basically, I just wasn't going into it healthy and I got drafted in the 15th round. Basically, what it came down to was that they thought it was about the money and it wasn't, it was about security. Going into a career not healthy is not a smart thing to do. I had a great team to go back to college, so it wasn't a hard decision. I just want to set up myself up to succeed. I felt that I would get a chance in pro ball regardless. I was confident that I was going to be able to come back and I did. I don't regret the decision that I made.
ITD: You went to the University Of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, which is a Division III school. How was the transition initially for you from a D-III program to the professional ranks?
Jordan Timm: Well there was a little bit of a transition when I was drafted my junior year. Instead of signing, I went and played in the Alaska Baseball League. That was really a taste of facing some guys with wood bats that are really good hitters. There are quite a few first rounders up there, so I got a taste of it. But when it comes right down to it, it's about knowing how to pitch and hitting your spots. In fact I think it was easier to pitch to wood bats instead of metal.
ITD: How did you decide on Wisconsin – Oshkosh to continue your playing career after high school?
Jordan Timm: Well in high school, I was recruited by only one school. It was going to be Oshkosh which was 44-4 that year, so it wasn't much of a decision. I had no intentions of going to college. I had no intentions of being a pro-ball player. I didn't know that I could. I came from a small town and I wasn't really noticed out of high school. I just went to a camp my senior year at Oshkosh and they saw me throw and that was it. I learned a lot up there.
ITD: One thing that I've noticed is that the Blue Jays seem to take some chances on some of the lower level guys. Jason Armstrong and Joey McLaughlin also came from some lower level programs and you all are performing well here in Lansing.
Jordan Timm: That just gives credit to the scouting that they (Blue Jays) have. They are able to take chances on guys like us and realize that you don't have to be a D-I baseball player to play baseball.
ITD: You were a starter last year, but have been used out of the pen so far here in Lansing. How big of an adjustment has that been for you and your arm?
Jordan Timm: My first outing was probably the worst outing of my career coming in from the bullpen. When it comes down to it, you need to realize that you are still throwing a ball 60 feet and 6 inches. There's a little difference because you don't know when you're going to pitch and I always had a routine. All I had to do was find a routine, and I found one that has been working so far.
ITD: Looking back at your experience in extended spring, what sort of things did you work on down there?
Jordan Timm: Well, this time last year, I was throwing 86-90 and this whole year, my velocity has been down. I have been working on arm strength and a long toss program. My velocity hasn't gone up as high as it was last year, so I've really had to learn how to pitch even more with my velocity down. That is really what I worked on, trying to get my velocity up while competing and getting outs too.
ITD: Looking ahead to the off season, do you think that you may need to make any adjustments in your off season conditioning program?
Jordan Timm: I've already made plans about that. I have a degree in exercise and fitness management with a minor in strength and conditioning, so I know what goes into it and I know what things that I might have missed out on last year and what things I will incorporate this year. It will be more swimming and more arm band stuff. Just get the muscles in my arm back up to strength and hopefully I will be throwing as hard as I was last year, next year.
ITD: What sort of things do you think you need to work on and improve in your game as you finish this season here and look ahead to next year? It sounds like you want to really focus on arm strength and increasing your velocity.
Jordan Timm: Well my college coaches used to always say that if you are not getting better, you are getting worse, and so it comes down to trying to improve everything. I always watch what is going on and pay attention to hitters and learn something new every single day.
ITD: I know that you are still focused on this season and what is going on here in Lansing, but have you had a chance to think about a goal for where you would like to start next season?
Jordan Timm: Honestly I don't even think about that. There are certain things in this game that you can't control. All you can control is how hard you work and just go out there and compete. It's not my job to place guys, it there guys up there (Toronto), and all I can do is go out and compete and try to be in a higher spot next year.
InsideTheDome would like to thank Jordan for taking time to talk with us and with him the best of luck in the future.
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