Seth Elledge may not be a name on the radar for most Seattle Mariners’ fans. He was drafted with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and is an extremely talented pitching prospect. While he may not be a big name in the organization right now, it won’t take long for him to start receiving more hype.
Standing in at 6-foot-3, the right-handed pitcher is most well-known for his mid-90’s fast-ball that has excellent late movement. He is working on a handful of other pitches, but his fastball will be his moneymaker.
During his brief 15-game stint with the Clinton LumberKings last season, Elledge finished the year by showing off some of his potential. He compiled a 3-0 record and five saves to go along with a 3.00 ERA. He struck out 35 batters while walking just six.
There is no question that Elledge has the talent to become a major leaguer in the fairly near future. He has a top-notch work ethic and a passion for the game that will help him work his way through the Mariners’ organization quickly.
Seattle has been building their farm system well over the past couple of years. Elledge is one of many talented prospects that the Mariners will be hoping to build around to get back into World Series contention in the future.
Evan Massey of Lifestyle Sports 101 had the chance to interview Elledge. If you are a Mariners’ fan that has not paid attention to Elledge just yet, this article will be highly informative and will get you an idea of what to expect from Elledge, straight from the pitcher himself.
First up on the agenda was to find out how the Mariners’ organization has been treating Elledge so far.
“Being a part of the Mariners organization has been a great experience for me so far. For starters, I’m very thankful that they gave me the opportunity to play professional baseball. That was a dream of mine growing up and the Mariners made it a reality. The Mariners are huge on development, so I am looking forward to my first full season so that I can keep growing as a baseball player.”
Next, he talked about what the draft process was like for him and how it feels to see his hard work pay off and to finally be a pro baseball player.
“My main goal during the draft process was to focus on how I produced on the field, because that was the only thing that I could control. I tried to go out on the field and pitch to the best of my ability to put myself in a position to play professional baseball. Draft day was awesome, but it was just the beginning of a long journey. It feels great to be able to compete at the highest level and I am thankful for the opportunity to play against some of the best baseball players in the world.”
If you haven’t had a chance to see Elledge pitch, he was happy to describe what he brings to the mound.
“I would describe myself as a big time competitor. I love to pitch aggressively and attack hitters with my fastball. I take pride in throwing strikes and going right after the hitters. I usually pitch at the end of games, so my main goal is finishing off a victory for my team.”
At this point in his career, Elledge opened up about what his biggest strengths and weaknesses are.
“My biggest strengths would be my ability to fill up the zone and compete with my fastball. I am still working on developing my off speed pitches, but I have made big strides with my curveball since joining the Mariners organization.”
Elledge has also set some big goals for himself looking ahead to the 2018 season.
“My goal for 2018 are to continue to develop as a pitcher and to compete at whatever level I am at. I am excited for my first full season because I will have a chance to prove myself with whatever role I am given.”
There are quite a few players that Elledge could be compared to, but he has tried to model his game after one superstar closer in particular.
“I model my game after Craig Kimbrel. He pitches fearlessly with a plus fastball and a great spike curveball. I try to take that same attack mentality and use it in my game.”
Growing up, Elledge told us who his favorite team and player were.
“Growing up in Dallas, TX I was a Rangers fan. My favorite player was Michael Young.”
Elledge also has advice for young players who have dreams of playing professional baseball in the future.
“My advice would be to keep your head down and work every day. Keep the end goal in mind, but be in the moment and compete with your best effort wherever you are. Control what you can control.”
Finally, Elledge gave a shoutout to his college team to end the interview.
“I’ll give a shoutout to the boys at DBU Baseball. I couldn’t think of a better place to play college baseball and I’m excited to see how their season turns out this spring.”
We hope that you have enjoyed this interview and will follow Seth as he plays his first full professional season in 2018. He has star potential and the Mariners’ fan base should begin getting excited about his future.