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Q & A with San Francisco Giants 2018 Draft Pick, Matt Frisbee

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: A detail view of baseballs to be used during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: A detail view of baseballs to be used during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 18: Joey Bart, the number two overall pick in the draft by the San Francisco Giants, waves to the crowd during the Giants game against the Miami Marlins at AT&T Park on June 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

We caught up with Matt Frisbee, and discussed over the phone the many topics below. Enjoy!

Q: What was getting drafted like? Did you have any inclination that the Giants might be the ones to pick you?

A: Actually, I had no idea it was gonna be the Giants. That’s one team that I didn’t really talk to that much going through the whole process. I knew Donnie Suttles (Giants area scout in North Carolina), he lives in McDowell county which is probably 30 minutes away from me. I knew him growing up in high school and through college, but I never really sat down and talked to him about it. Through the draft process I never thought the Giants would be the ones that drafted me. So, that was unexpected. But, I’m glad they did.

Q: What was the first thought you had when you found out it was the Giants?

A: I didn’t see anything about it on social media. I wasn’t paying much attention to it on a Thursday, but I got a call from Donnie Suttles. I had his number saved and I thought, “This is it.”

Q: How did you see your evolution as a pitcher during your time in college, especially being a three year starter?

A: At first I didn’t think I was going to be a weekend starter my freshman year. There were a couple upperclassman they were looking at to be the ‘Sunday guy’. When I went through the fall everything really worked out for me and I was lucky enough to be in the weekend rotation with three upperclassmen. That being said, it took me a little bit to get adjusted to the game, especially the way Coach Edwards called the game. I had to trust my pitches, and have the confidence to go up there every weekend.

I think that’s the one thing I gained the most through college was the confidence part, and the mental side of pitching. Obviously you’re going to get stronger, your fastball velocity is going to increase. But can you go up there and be mentally prepared every weekend? That really took me until my junior year to really find that and work on that.

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