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Any particular song or songs you listen to before a start?

Songs I listen to before a start- PYT by Micheal Jackson, anything by Alan Jackson

Well now, that would seal the deal for me. ;):D

Seriously, I hope the O's get a opportunity to sign him. I doubt they get that chance, though. Can't see him making it to #4.

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Well now, that would seal the deal for me. ;):D

Seriously, I hope the O's get a opportunity to sign him. I doubt they get that chance, though. Can't see him making it to #4.

He shouldn't have, but the Appel demands changed the world. Good Kid. Big Arm.

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From the conference call

Rajsich: Strikethrower with a power arm, one of the best conferences in the country, pitches on Friday night. Perform at a high level, appealed to us.

Britt: Makeup?

Rajsich: Everything we know about him is great. Oustanding citizen, great teammate, fierce competitor. Area scout clear on his makeup. Dave Jennings – drafted other players on roster, Markakis, Wieters, Avery – pleased to id another super player.

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Melewski: Was Appel factoring in late for you?

Raj: Appealing about both pitchers. We felt like we got the one we wanted.

Dan C: Congrats to Kevin, what has this day been like for you?

Kevin: Rollercoaster day, didn't sleep much last night, woke up this morning, didn't know what to think, with the draft sometimes you know who will take you, sometimes you don't. In my case I didn't know what was going to happen. With Appel, don't think anybody has the draft board happening like it did. Weird to sit back like it did. Bit of a shock. Obviously I was taken by Baltimore. Last pitcher taken this high was Ben McDonald. Has great things to say about Baltimore. All I keep hearing about is the crabs. Excited to get a shot at crabs.

Q: Could you talk a little bit more about the quirkiness? Relationship with Alan Dunn?

Kevin: I've always been weird. Eat four donuts between innings. A little weird. Started in middle school. I live my life, I like to be a little different than other people. AD came in here, I have a great relationship with him. He has a great work ethic, and I think he had something to do with this, background with Orioles. No one has a bad word to say about him.

Kevin: I was really immature when I got here. I didn’t know the pitching coach. Coming here and playing two years, I think it’s the best conference in all of college baseball, huge for me, big experience, every Friday night, we get about 9,000 here, especially in this postseason that we’ve had, it’s been pretty crazy. In my entire development I’ve matured leaps and bounds since high school. Not just on mound but as a person, faith, every aspect of my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself and developed myself as a person.

Melewski: Gary, scouting reports are favorable - scouts had some questions about his breaking pitches?

Gary: We think his breaking pitch is good. Some have seen it inconsistent but our scouts think it’s good and it’s a matter of making it more consistent.

Ongoing Reporter Conference.

Rich: Did you think you'd go lower or did you think you'd go higher?

Kevin: Didn't really know what was going to happen. Appel falling. Everyone saying he is the best pitcher, expected him to go before me. Honored that they decided to pick me. Excited to see where this goes.

Q: Expecting to pitch this season?

Kevin: I could throw another 25-30 innings, depends on that and how I feel. Been going at it for two years straight. That might have something to do with it. We'll sit down and figure that out in a later month.

Gary: Depends on how he feels, how many innings he's thrown

Dan C: How do you look at your breaking pitch? How are they developing?

Kevin: Like Gary said, I have it in there. I just started throwing true curve this season. Haven’t had much time to develop it. Slider has been going well for me lately. Some days I feel comfortable, others I have to work to find it. My development as a pitcher is going to depend on that. I’ll be a fastball-changeup guy my entire career, main difference is which breaking pitch I’m going to decide to throw, which will be bread and butter, and which one I’ll get away with.

Q: For both, about signability, Kevin, how important is it to get done? Do you have an advisor?

Kevin: Feel confident, they feel strongly about me or they wouldn’t have picked me. I do have an advisor, I think they’ll get a deal done. I feel confident about it. Excited to get to join the organization.

Gary: Has a chance to move through our system quickly, what we have for him is an opportunity to pitch in Baltimore very soon.

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