2013 Draft Prospect Q&A With Jonah Wesely
I was in touch recently with one of the top pitchers in the 2013 draft class, Tracy lefthander Jonah Wesely. Over the summer, Wesely pitched in the Perfect Game All-American Classic and, recently, was one of the most impressive players at the WWBA in Jupiter. For more information on Wesely, check out his draft profile.
Matt Grabusky: How old were you when you started playing baseball?
Jonah Wesely: I was 4 years old when I started playing baseball. I have loved the game ever since. I started pitching at the age of about 12 and since then it’s been my life passion.
MG: At what point did you realize that you had a legitimate chance at a future in the sport?
JW: I started the realize I had a good chance of playing baseball past the high school level my freshman year when I was throwing in the mid to upper 80’s. I’ve tried to work very hard to reach my potential throughout high school.
MG: Can you discuss your pitches and where you think they are in terms of their development?
JW: My 4 seam and 2 seam fastball are my most consistent pitches. I try to spot them on both sides of the plate and pitch to all quadrants. My change up has been developing slowly but surely and I’m hoping for it to be a plus pitch for me next spring. My curve ball and slider are turning out really well for me and I hope to see them progress.
MG: Is there a pitcher in the Majors who you would compare yourself with or who you model yourself after?
JW: I try to model my game after CJ Wilson and Clayton Kershaw. Those are 2 very good leftys in the MLB today. I’m always looking for ways to improve my game and I feel I’m eyeing the right guys.
MG: Who has had the most influence on your baseball career?
JW: My family has had the biggest influence on me in my baseball career. I try to be the best I can be and they’ve always been there alongside me.
MG: What are the best experiences that you have had on a baseball field?
JW: -Throwing 3 no hitters last year during my high school season and winning the PerfectGame All-American classic for the west team!
MG: You have played with many of the top players in the country. What players really stood out to you this summer?
JW: -Playing in the PerfectGame All-American Classic really opened up my eyes to all the talent out there. There’s a lot of other really good left handers.
MG: If baseball ended tomorrow, you would?
JW: I would probably attempt to get my communications degree.
MG: What is something that baseball fans would be surprised to learn about Jonah Wesely?
JW: They should know that I’m a very hardworking athlete and thankful for my opportunities
I would like to thank Jonah for taking the time to answer these questions for BLF and our readers.