21-year old Martin Agosta was San Francisco’s second round pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Agosta, a three-year starter at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, won 19 games as a Gael, leading the West Coast Conference in wins his junior year with nine. The six-foot, one-inch right-hander, humbled by the opportunity to play for his favorite team, is this week’s Player Interview.
With San Francisco being your favorite team growing up, describe the emotion that went through your mind when they called you on draft day.
Honestly I was completely shocked and had no idea what to say to my family but it is a great honor to be selected by such a great organization.
What was the process on that day? Were you sitting at home with your family watching the draft? Describe what that was like for you.
I woke up and sat on my couch as my family and girlfriend were watching pick by pick go by until the Boston Red Sox called and said they were considering taking me with their next pick but literally as soon as I hung up the phone the Giants pick came up on the TV.
Were you anticipating being selected where you were?
Actually I was. I heard rumors of being selected anywhere from late supplemental to third so mid-second was perfectly fitting.
What’s your status at the moment? Last I heard, you were had just signed with San Francisco.
I am in the AZL (Rookie-ball) right now and I believe the plan is to stay here until instructionals but there is no plan set in stone that has been brought to me.
Describe your style of pitching and then if you could, who would you compare yourself too?
Personally I love to work fast and find that groove but it’s hard to really compare myself to one pitcher. All pitchers have a different strength that separates each other from one another. I can’t pinpoint one pitcher, though.
What are some goals you have for yourself heading into professional ball?
My goals are just to get stronger and continue to get better each day. It is pretty cliche to everyone but I’m just trying to show what I know I can do.
Do you work more on upping your velocity? Or location and control of your pitches.
I work on all. In order to be successful at this game you need to be a well-rounded player with many tools so to have velocity, location, and control of pitches is key.
How excited are you to be in the same organization as your old high school teammate Andrew Susac?
It’s pretty crazy actually. Small world.
How much are you looking forward to the possibility of having him catch you in future games?
It will be awesome to throw to him again. As great and talented of a player as he is, it is going to be hard to catch him because he is going to be moving up quickly, but hopefully one day I can throw to him again.
I heard you recently met Willie Mays. How incredible was that? What did you say to him? How was he encouraging to you?
It was really eye-opening to meet such an iconic figure in Giants history. He was actually really funny and fun to talk to. Meeting him really showed me what a great opportunity I have and how grateful I am to have it.