Q&A With Twins 3rd Round Pick Bobby Lanigan

Lanigan has a lot of upside.

The Minnesota Twins drafted Bobby Lanigan in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft. A well-rounded right-hander from Adelphi University, Lanigan sat down with TwinCitiesDugout.com for a draft day Q&A.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What was it like hearing your name called on draft day?

Bobby Lanigan: It was exciting to hear my name called. It was a mix of a relief from worrying the rest of day that I wouldn't go day one and all these people were at my house. (Lanigan laughs) But also it was gratifying to be with my family, and some friends, and coaches to here my name and get to celebrate with those at my house of the accomplishment of being in the top 100 picks.

TwinCitiesDugout.com:Were you glad it was the Minnesota Twins?

Bobby Lanigan: Of course. Going into the draft I had no one team that I wanted to go to, and really had no teams I wouldn't want to go to. But with the history the Minnesota Twins have had in developing pitchers through their system, I knew it was a good fit for me.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: You are in the arguably the best farm system for pitchers, does that excite you?

Bobby Lanigan: As stated above, the track record speaks for itself. Rick Knapp, the pitching coordinator, has a great reputation and I have heard about how great it is since Thursday.

TwinCitiesDugout.com:Tell us about your arsenal, what do you consider your outpitch?

Bobby Lanigan: For those that have seen me pitch, they know my slider is my out pitch. I have a good fastball and trust my command with the fastball and slider in any count. I also have a changeup to my repertoire and am looking forward to developing that pitch further.

TwinCitiesDugout.com:Who has helped you most in your development?

Bobby Lanigan:My college coaches.

TwinCitiesDugout.com:Do you feel playing in college is going to help you in pro ball?

Bobby Lanigan: Absolutely. Playing in college has developed me both on the field and off the field. I have matured into an accountable pitcher who has achieved much of his success on hard work and guts, and college has allowed me to develop into the pitcher I am now. I think back 3 years ago and see the pitcher I was then, college has made me this much better. I look forward to seeing how much better I get three years from now.

TwinCitiesDugout.com:How do you prepare for each start?

Bobby Lanigan: My routine is too complex to type. (Lanigan laughs)

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What are your goals, do you plan to sign?

Bobby Lanigan:I do plan to sign, and my ultimate goal is to get to the big leagues and win Minnesota a championship.

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