As the 2017 MLB trade deadline came to a close, the Minnesota Twins traded Brandon Kintzler to the Washington Nationals for 20-year-old left-handed pitcher Tyler Watson. He is 6-5 with a 4.35 ERA in 18 games in Hagerstown, the Low A affiliate of the Nationals. In 93 innings he has 24 walks and 98 strikeouts. Most indicate that his prospect status has risen. He has a low-90s fastball that is projectable, so he could add more velocity as he grows. He’s also got a good curveball.
We are pleased that Tyler was willing to take time to answer some questions for Talking Twins.
Darrell Yates (DY) What was your initial reaction when you heard that the Twins traded for you?
Tyler Watson (TW) I got called into my managers office and my heart was racing cause he called our director of minor leagues operations and I was told I’m getting traded and it took me a while to actual process what was happening!
(DY) When did you start playing baseball? Was there someone who inspired you to play ball?
(TW) I started playing when I was 3 with tee ball, and my parents for sure. My dad was a pitcher in the Angels organization so baseball has been part of my life since day one.
(DY) You’re a very talented baseball player. Which other sports are you interested in?
(TW) I love baseball the most, but basketball is super exciting to watch to me.
(DY) Growing up, did you have a favorite team and/or player?
(TW) My dad is from Boston and I watched the Red Sox win the 2004 world series, I’m gonna have to say Red Sox.
(DY) What MLB pitcher, past or present, does your game resemble?
(TW) I’m not sure who my pitching resembles! I’ve always just tried to be the best version of myself.
(DY) What was your favorite baseball moment?
(TW) My favorite baseball moment obviously had to be signing, but in a game it was high school against our rivals the Basha Bears when I threw a complete game shutout.
(DY) At what point in your life did you realize that baseball could turn into a professional career?
(TW) I’ve always dreamt of becoming a professional baseball player but when I was in high school I thought I was going to be a hitter until my oldest friends Kyle Huckaby said, you’re a 6’5 lefty you know you’re going to be a pitcher right? And that’s when I realized he was probably right.
(DY) What areas would you like to improve on as you begin your journey to the Big Leagues?
(TW) If I could work on anything it would just be continue to have a consistent approach every day.
(DY) How would you describe the pitches within your arsenal? Which is your favorite?
(TW) I have a fastball curve and change up. My fastball cuts, my curve is 11-5, and my change is almost like a splitter.
(DY) What is your favorite baseball movie?
(TW) For Love of the Game!
(DY) What goals have you set for yourself?
(TW) To work hard than anyone else.
I really want to thank Tyler Watson for taking the time to answer a few questions for Talking Twins. After speaking with him, I’ve come to the conclusion that this young man has the right attitude, the confidence and the ability to successfully climb through the Twins’ organization. It’s a long journey, but he’s going to be fun to watch.