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    June 4th marks the 1st round of the MLB Amateur Draft. LSU So P Kevin Gausman figures to be one of the first names called. We had a chance to catch up with him today to talk draft, the season and donuts.

    Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions and letting us get to know a little bit more about you.

    Obviously, the MLB draft is different from other sports in that it happens while many guys are still in-season. How much thought have you given next monthís draft?

    Kevin Gausman: I try not to think about the draft, it is exciting, but I still have all my goals with LSU to achieve first and that is where my priority is.

    Youíre having a great season (8-1, 2.95) and you pitched quite a game yesterday (9 IP, 5 H, BB, 11 K) against Vanderbilt. Reports are that you threw 126 pitches. How has your workload been this year and how is your velocity both at the beginning and end of a long outing like this?

    KG: Iíve already thrown more innings then I did all of last year so I would say my workload is pretty big for a starter in college. My velo has stayed mostly consistent. Early on in games I can reach upper 90's, but then I settle into more of a mid-90's pitcher as the game progresses.

    What other pitches do you throw?

    KG: I throw five pitches. I throw a four-seam fastball and a one-seam sinking fastball. A split-change-up, curve and a slider.

    In college there are lots of scouts checking out lots of guys. Have there been any teams that seem to be paying more attention to you than other teams? Specifically, have you had any contact with the Minnesota Twins?

    KG: I think because college baseball has so many very talented players that teams spread out and pick when they are going to see certain players. I donít know who has been at my games and which teams have been there the most, but I have had a visit with the Twins Area Scout in this area.

    This isnít the first time youíve gone through the process, having gotten selected by the Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2010 draft. Now though, the CBA Ė specifically the draft rules around signing players Ė has changed to the point where itís going to be much harder to project how signable guys are, simply because teams arenít going to have a lot of flexibility in what they can offer guys. You also have a little extra leverage because youíre a draft-eligible sophomore; how is all of that going to play into your signability?

    KG: Obviously signability is huge to organizations, but right now Iím just focused on my task at hand and working towards bringing this team to Omaha and having the chance at a National Championship. I will think more about that after this season is over.

    You have a superstition of eating powdered donuts in between innings. Is continuing that superstition going to be a factor when it comes down to signing on the dotted line?

    KG: My superstition will have nothing to do with me signing or not signing. It is simply something I feel that works for me so that is why I continue to do it.

    Last question, assuming the Twins Ė or whichever team is fortunate enough to select you Ė get you signed. What kind of goals do you have in regards to advancing through the minor leagues and making it to The Show?

    KG: I have huge goals for myself. Obviously I would love to move as fast as I can through the minors and play in the big leagues, but I know that that is a little far-fetched. I will continue to work as hard as I can towards achieving my goals, but ultimately your movement through the minors is decided by the organization.

    Again, thanks a ton for doing this. Best of luck for the remainder of the season for both you and your team in your pursuit of the College World Series!

    This article was originally published in blog: Get to Know 'Em: Kevin Gausman started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Nice stuff! Way to go on these interviews!
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Nice. Right now, I'm hoping the Twins get Gausman.
    1. jtrinaldi's Avatar
      jtrinaldi -
      Quote Originally Posted by gunnarthor View Post
      Nice. Right now, I'm hoping the Twins get Gausman.
      He is the 3rd best player in the draft, 2nd Best college Arm. Itll be interesting if Appel goes 1 because the Twins would be able to take a pure hitter, but at the same time they have no ACE in the staff and Gausman May have ace Potential.
      1.Buxton
      2.Appel
      3.Gausman
    1. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
      twinsfanstreif -
      Quote Originally Posted by jtrinaldi View Post
      He is the 3rd best player in the draft, 2nd Best college Arm. Itll be interesting if Appel goes 1 because the Twins would be able to take a pure hitter, but at the same time they have no ACE in the staff and Gausman May have ace Potential.
      1.Buxton
      2.Appel
      3.Gausman
      I would argue that Gausman is better than Appel, I actually think Appel is the 4th best college arm behind Gausman, Zimmer, and Stroman. Appel is a pitch to contact guy and guys like that just don't have ace potential
    1. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
      twinsfanstreif -
      Also buxton is not a pure hitter, it is actually the weakest of all his tools.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I think it is great that he'd take the time out to do this interview. Super nice thing to do. No idea why we'd discuss if they should take him or not, in a thread he's likely to read.....
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      I think it is great that he'd take the time out to do this interview. Super nice thing to do. No idea why we'd discuss if they should take him or not, in a thread he's likely to read.....
      We're funny like that... especially since we're all draft experts, right?
    1. jtrinaldi's Avatar
      jtrinaldi -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfanstreif View Post
      I would argue that Gausman is better than Appel, I actually think Appel is the 4th best college arm behind Gausman, Zimmer, and Stroman. Appel is a pitch to contact guy and guys like that just don't have ace potential
      This has to be one of the Dumbest things I have ever herd. Stroman projects to be a bullpen guy in the majors so that Eliminates him. Zimmer has decent numbers but this is the 1st time ever that he has been on the mound, and at the #2 pick would be too risky because he hasnt done it up until this year.
      Consistency is a huge thing when you are going to pick #1 or #2, last year Appel's ERA was 3.02 Gausman's a 3.52

      As for your thoughts on Gausman this year stats....
      Batters are hitting .235 against Gausman, .223 against Appel.
      Appel has pitched 94 innings, allowing 28 Earned Runs
      Gausman has pitched 91 and 2/3 innings allowing 30 Earned Runs.
      Appel ERA:2.68
      Gausman ERA:2.95
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jtrinaldi View Post
      As for your thoughts on Gausman this year stats....
      Batters are hitting .235 against Gausman, .223 against Appel.
      Appel has pitched 94 innings, allowing 28 Earned Runs
      Gausman has pitched 91 and 2/3 innings allowing 30 Earned Runs.
      Appel ERA:2.68
      Gausman ERA:2.95
      Don't forget that Appel has one more year of college baseball experience. Gausman also plays in the toughest conference in America.

      I'll stand by what I said last week and still believe: The Twins have Buxton and Gausman as their top two guys, though I'm not certain what order they are in.

      I think it is great that he'd take the time out to do this interview. Super nice thing to do.
      Stand-up guy. Obviously my dealings with him have been minimal, but, in my opinion, little things like this go a long way in the "classy" category. Not taking anything away from any other potential draftee, but the Twins woud be fortunate to not only add his ability to the organization, but also his character.
    1. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
      twinsfanstreif -
      The only reason Stroman is "projected" as a bullpen guy is because of his size. He has the absolute most dominating stats and his stuff is great, don't go by hearsay. Lincecum had the same "projections". As far as the Appel vs Gausman goes it's hard to say one is drastically better because of a few minor BAA points and 2 runs. You have to take in account the competition they are facing and Gausman's missed more bats, 112 compared to 95 with the same #of BBs. There's no way by those stats that you could difinitively say that Appel is better. Like I said, I think he'll be decent, just not an ace. Zimmer does pose more risk but he has a higher upside with room to grow.I just don't see Appel getting much better than he is at now because he really hasn't gotten much better between this year and last, that's just my opinion, he may prove me wrong, nothing wrong with that.
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