Outfielder Eric Eiland was on the phone with InsideTheDome just hours after being selected in the…
Q&A with 4th Round Pick Brad Mills
Bradley Mills: It's great. I couldn't be more excited.
InsideTheDome: Why do you think you will be an asset to the Blue Jays?
Bradley Mills: I showed up in high school and college with nothing special, but then I worked my way up to be noticed. I want to show how hard I worked.
InsideTheDome: You turned down a 22nd round draft pick by Toronto last year. Are you still satisfied with that decision and how much more developed are you now then you were then?
Bradley Mills: Yes my last year of college was invaluable to me, baseball wise. It was important to me to get my education. I turned it down mostly because of academics, but I developed as a baseball player as well.
InsideTheDome: Can you talk a little bit about your repertoire on the mound, what pitches you throw and how hard.
Bradley Mills: My fastball is usually around 87-89 mph but I can hit 92. I also have a curve ball I use as an out pitch. This year I gained command of my change up as well. My thing is pitch-ability, but I can move them around pretty well.
InsideTheDome: Scouting reports show you've struggled with going deep into games, do you feel that is true or that you have a handle on it?
Bradley Mills: It was more of a problem last year than this year. I wasn't commanding my fastball as well then and if you fall into deeper counts, you get yanked. So it's better but I'm always looking to improve.
InsideTheDome: Which pitch do you consider your best?
Bradley Mills: Last year it was my change up, and I was upset about that because I felt I had a good curve ball. Without a doubt now it's the curve.
InsideTheDome: What are you looking to improve on as you enter pro-ball?
Bradley Mills: Fastball command, located better, get it down in the zone consistently.
InsideTheDome: Who in the majors would you compare yourself to?
Bradley Mills: Mark Buehrle, of the Whitesox. He doesn't throw very hard, but has good command. I watch a lot of big league guys and try to learn from them.
InsideTheDome: Did you anticipate being selected by the Blue Jays and in this round?
Bradley Mills: My family and I had hunch it would be Toronto. I had a face to face meeting with the scouting director and that went really well. I've always had great communication with their organization.
InsideTheDome: Are you going to accept the offer?
Bradley Mills: Definitely.
InsideTheDome: When do you expect to sign?
Bradley Mills: Not sure, whenever negotiations settle, but hopefully soon I'm ready to play.
InsideTheDome: A big part of draft discussion is signability, what kind of signability do you think you have to the Blue Jays?
Bradley Mills: Being a senior, I have a high chance of signing. I told them I just want to be treated fairly. I'm getting my degree in civil engineering, so I think there was a concern that I would give up after a couple years try out that, but I assured I'm here for long run.
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