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Q&A with 25th Round Pick Jason Monti
Jason Monti:: Actually around the twenty-fifth round my computer decided to crash. So we didn't get to hear it, but we saw it on draft tracker and then they called me right after. It was a long sigh of relief.
InsideTheDome: Why do you think you will be an asset to the Blue Jays?
Jason Monti:: I'm just looking to go out there and compete, play my hardest and give my team a chance to win.
InsideTheDome: Can you talk a little bit about your repertoire on the mound, what pitches you throw and how hard.
Jason Monti:: My fastball is usually around 90-92, my slider around 70-79, the change up around 82-83, and my knuckle curve is around 80-81.
InsideTheDome: Which pitch do you consider your best?
Jason Monti:: My fastball, I can throw it at anytime at any count, and I'm usually able to put it where I want.
InsideTheDome: So is that a two or four seam fastball?
Jason Monti:: It's usually a four; I throw it better than the two.
InsideTheDome: What do you want to improve on most?
Jason Monti:: My change up. I finally just got a change up this year, and I've been working on that.
InsideTheDome: Is there any other part of your game you are looking to improve on either mentally or physically?
Jason Monti:: I just want to be able to compete everyday and move up threw the minors and hopefully be able to play in Toronto one day.
InsideTheDome: Who in the majors would you model yourself after?
Jason Monti:: One kid who graduated from my high school, Robbie Bell, (currently in Triple-A with the Orioles) in 1995 he was picked up and he made it to the show. Since then he's been up and down in the show, so he's been someone I look up to because it's a small town and he's someone who has been there before.
InsideTheDome: Did you anticipate being selected by the Blue Jays and in this round?
Jason Monti:: Yes, I got invited up to their pre-draft work out in Toronto, I couldn't make it, but I got the invitation along with 25 guys who were brought up. Then they saw me pitch in Florida which was a shut out win against Notre Dame which put me on the radar.
InsideTheDome: Are you going to accept the offer?
Jason Monti:: Yes. I'm leaving tomorrow to head down to the training facility in Dunedin and then after our physicals on Tuesday I'll sign.
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