First-Year Player Draft

[Intervew] A Chat with Draft Prospect Kevin Gowdy

Kevin Gowdy is currently thought of as one of the best high school pitchers in the upcoming MLB draft. Gowdy was recently ranked as the 41st best overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and the 30th best prospect by MLB.com. Overall Gowdy is thought to be one of the best, if not the best, prep pitcher in California. Gowdy was actually profiled on this site previously.
Below is an interview I conducted with Gowdy:
I’ve seen you listed at of 6-foot-4, 170 lbs is that accurate?
“Yes I am 6’4 170 pounds.”

 When was the first time you realized you could do something with baseball?
“I first realized I could do something with baseball around my freshman or sophomore year of high school. Growing up I dreamed of playing professional or college baseball, but never realized it could be a reality for me until then.”

 Do you play any sports competitively other than baseball, what would you say was your favorite sport growing up?
“I also played basketball, soccer, and tae kwon do which is a martial art when I was younger, however baseball always stood out to me as my favorite. I don’t play any other sports competitively in high school, but I love to play basketball with friends on the weekends.

Growing up, one of my favorite players was Zack Greinke especially when he was with the Royals. My dad grew up in Kansas City, so he’s been a Royals fan forever.

I throw a 4 seam and 2 seam fastball, a slider, and a change up. I would say my game is comparable to Jacob deGrom with the Mets, because we have have similar builds and also good command.

My best baseball memory so far has been winning a gold medal in Osaka, Japan with the 18u Team USA this summer. Just the overall experience of going to compete in a foreign country, and also overcoming the adversity our team faced is something I will never forget.

The draft is something that’s exciting to think about, but something that I’ve tuned out so far. It can be distracting, so this spring I’m just trying to have fun and help my team win, and we will see what happens once the season ends.

I met with most of the teams this winter, but once the season started I’ve really tuned most of it out to help me focus and just play my game.

The Kansas City Royals have been my favorite team growing up. My dad has been a Royals fan his whole life, and one of my first baseball memories is my Grandpa taking me to Royals games in Kansas City when I was really young. I also love watching the Dodgers because they’re a Southern California team and the closest to where I live.

Like I said you really just have to tune out all the distractions. That has really helped allowing me to enjoy my senior year and still have fun out there pitching. As for the pressure, I think I’ve done a good job of not paying attention to it and just pitching. I like to tell myself there’s no pressure because if the draft doesn’t work out, I have UCLA in my back pocket which will be an amazing opportunity for me and something I am really looking forward to.”


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