Q&A with Tigers prospect Adam Wilk

Adam Wilk was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round of the 2009 draft. The former Long Beach State "Dirtbag"  recently went back and got a degree this past off-season. A great draft selection by the Tigers, many see him getting his chance in Detroit this year. 

BYB: Talk about when you were drafted, where were you and what were you doing?
Adam Wilk: I was at home when I was drafted. School was over so I listened to the draft on my computer and was fortunate enough to hear my name called over the loudspeaker.

BYB: Some writers, including me, see you possibly in a Detroit Tigers uniform sometime this season, who’s one player in the majors you’d love to strikeout? 
Adam Wilk: I think it would be pretty awesome if I got to face a few of the ex-Dirtbags, maybe Tulowitzki or Longoria. A little one on one against a former Dirtbag who played before me would be a great experience.

BYB: You were born in Anaheim, CA…so does that make you an Angel’s fan?
Adam Wilk: I was definitely a fan of the Angels while growing up. The stadium was close to me so I went to many games.

BYB: Who was a ballplayer you loved growing up and someone you looked up to? 

Adam Wilk: I have always been a fan of left handed pitchers, so I can narrow it down to 4 pitchers for you: Mark Mulder, Tom Glavine, Chuck Finley, and Jarrod Washburn

BYB: Who’s a fellow player that has helped you along your career, either in West Michigan, Lakeland, or Erie?
Adam Wilk: I couldn't name anyone specific but many of the players have been very helpful in the transition to professional baseball from college baseball, especially the older players.

BYB: What have you been doing this off-season? Anything you’ve been working on to prepare for Spring Training.
Adam Wilk: I went back to Long Beach State to finish up my last semester of college and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. I have been working out pretty hard along with getting my body and arm ready for another spring training and baseball season.

BYB: What kind of pitches do you throw and do you have a favorite go to pitch?
Adam Wilk: I throw a 4 seam fastball, a 2 seam fastball, a changeup, a curveball, and a cutter. I would not say I have a go to pitch because I am a control pitcher and confident to throw any of my pitches in tight situations.

BYB: Do you have any pre-game rituals and/or meals?
Adam Wilk: For a pregame meal I tend to keep it small on what I eat, normally a peanut butter jelly sandwich or a sub sandwich with some fruit. I would say most of my life is run through routines so I am weird when it comes to everyday living, but nothing changes on the start days. I do the same stuff everyday.

BYB: You’ve been moving up the Tigers farm system pretty rapidly, where do you see yourself this season?
Adam Wilk: I honestly do not know where I will start the season. It is up to the front office where they want to start me. I’ll give everything I have during Spring Training to give myself the best opportunity to start in Detroit, but ultimately the final decision is up to the organization on where they place me.

Thanks to Adam Wilk for taking time out of his busy days to answer some questions! Best of luck this season!

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