Affton HS (MO) pitcher Anthony Herron, Jr., a 32nd round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2014 MLB Draft, spoke to Redbird Rants.
Daniel Solzman: Thanks for joining Redbird Rants today. How are things treating you?
Anthony Herron: Things are treating me well this evening.
Daniel Solzman: Can you describe what it felt like when you found out that the Cardinals were selecting you in the 32nd round of the draft?
Anthony Herron: I was thrilled when I received the call. I was mind blown at the moment.
Daniel Solzman: When did you find out that the Cardinals were interested in selecting you?
Anthony Herron: I found out that the Cardinals were interested in me the winter of my junior year.
Daniel Solzman: What’s the reaction been like on Twitter and social media since the Cardinals drafted you?
Anthony Herron: I’ve gained a lot more friends on Facebook and a lot of followers on Twitter.
Daniel Solzman: How has Affton coach Rob Uthoff helped prepare you for the next level?
Anthony Herron: He showed me what being a family really means in the baseball world.
Daniel Solzman: With being drafted out of high school, you have the option of playing college baseball or turning pro by signing with the Cardinals. With a pitching-rich organization from top to bottom, how much of a weight is that as you come to make a decision?
Anthony Herron: It makes the decision even tougher because their farm club produces elite pitchers plus they’re the hometown team.
Daniel Solzman: Should you decide to sign with the Cardinals, is there a veteran or coach you are really looking forward to meeting next year during Spring Training?
Anthony Herron: I would love to meet Dave Duncan I would love to talk pitching with him.
Daniel Solzman: The Cardinals’ Hall of Famers always make a visit to Jupiter during Spring Training. Is there anyone in particular that you are really looking forward to meeting?
Anthony Herron: Bob Gibson because I believe he was one of the greatest African Americans pitchers in MLB history.
Daniel Solzman: What’s something that you like to do for fun when you aren’t playing baseball?
Anthony Herron: I hacky sack when I’m not playing baseball.
Daniel Solzman: Who was your favorite player growing up?
Anthony Herron: Barry Bonds.
Daniel Solzman: What is something that Cardinals fans should know about you?
Anthony Herron: My main focus is my team because I’m a team player.
Daniel Solzman: Thanks again for joining us and best of luck as your make your decision. Any words for the best fans in baseball?
Anthony Herron: Go Cardinals!