Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

The Forums

Front Page: Twins Game Recap (9/19): Nelson Cruz Crushes...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:14 AM
That’s more like it. The Twins averaged nearly six runs a game through August, but entered Thursday averaging just 4.4 runs per game so f...
Full topic ›

Front Page: Should Eddie Rosario Be Benched for Not Hustl...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:03 AM
Eddie Rosario is one of five Twins hitters to hit 30 home runs or more this season to help the team set a new standard at the big-league...
Full topic ›

Front Page: Arizona Fall League Preview: Royce Lewis Head...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:03 AM
As of your reading of this article, the Arizona Fall League season has gotten underway for the 2019 season. If you’re thinking that seems...
Full topic ›

Front Page: The Underappreciated, Hard-Luck Legacy of Kyl...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:00 AM
From the very beginning, Kyle Gibson's career was defined by injury and disappointment. Coming out of the University of Missouri in 2009,...
Full topic ›

Game Thread: Twins vs KC 4:40 PM PST (6:40 PM CDT) 9/19/19

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:14 AM
The Twins took two steps forward toward the goal of winning the division during the series of games against the Sox. Unfortunately, after...
Full topic ›

Baseball Hotbed Produces Another Hurler: Q&A with Matt Canterino

Texas is synonymous with baseball talent, and Rice University has long been one of the greatest cultivators of said talent. Minnesota waited until the second round and the 54th overall pick, but they were able to nab the Owls ace. Having excelled for every team and in every league he’s played in Matt Canterino brings quite the track record to Minnesota.
Image courtesy of Image courtesy of Maria Lysaker of Rice Athletics
Selected right after fellow Conference USA competitor, and Cape Cod teammate Matt Wallner, Canterino joins the Twins organization with some familiarity on his side. One of the things most obvious about Canterino is his unique delivery, but whatever questions remain about it, the results seem to provide plenty of answers. Here’s some answers to the burning questions we had for the newest draftee.

Twins Daily: As a Texas kid going to a baseball power like Rice, was playing for the Owls always one of the benchmarks or goals in your baseball career?

Matt Canterino: Rice was always my first choice for college ever since my older brother, Daniel, looked at it while he was applying for college. I knew that Rice was a prestigious university and had a great pedigree in baseball also, so it felt like a perfect fit. I was so happy that Rice was my first offer for baseball, and I have had no regrets about the University.

TD: Having dominated Conference USA for the last two seasons what would attribute your success too? Both your fastball and slider have been noted as strong pitches, but what about the way you attack hitters or prepare has set you up for success?

MC: I believe that I know the game relatively well. I can keep up with what’s going on and understand the nuances of various parts of the game, such as pitch calling and pressure situations. My philosophy is that I make sure I put in all the preparation I need to succeed. That preparation has resulted in the quality stuff that I have, such as my slider and fastball. Now, it is just about having the confidence to use that stuff to my advantage in games.

TD: You have faced fellow Twins draftee Matt Wallner plenty over your college career. What can you tell us about his presence in the box, his ability, and him as a competitor?

MC: Matt Wallner was always somebody that stood out on our scouting report and was someone that we felt like we had to plan extra for. He and I are similar in the fact that we have both had relative success since our freshman year, so you can just see his confidence grow and grow after each year as well. We played with each other over the summer too and got to know each other as teammates, so I know he wants to win just as much as I do.

TD: Pitching has become more than just a feel on the mound, or trial and error type of process. With Edgertronic cameras and a focus on things like spin rate to find analytical advantages, have you been able to incorporate any of the new technology into your preparation?

MC: I have had limited interaction with the next-level technology that is being incorporated into baseball. I am, however, extremely excited in becoming more familiar with it. It has helped so many pitchers refine their stuff just from numbers on a screen. It’s a new approach to the game of baseball that can improve most anybody to some degree, if analyzed correctly.

TD: You have a unique delivery and it no doubt creates a level of deception on the mound. Has there been any big leaguer you've emulated or modeled your game after over the course of your career?

MC: I have had my unorthodox delivery since my junior year of high school, and it just was something that came about in order to keep my top-half and lower-half in sync. I did not start doing it in order to emulate someone in particular. The part of my game that emulate after professionals the most is how I attack hitters. I love getting ahead with all my pitches and putting hitters in uncomfortable counts. In that way I think I might be similar to someone like Kyle Hendricks or maybe Jon Lester.

TD: A 3.99 GPA is no joke and doing it within a Mechanical Engineering field is only that much more impressive. How has your level of intelligence allowed you a competitive advantage on the diamond? Are there specific or unique ways in which you prepare to attack an opposing lineup?

MC: While being a good baseball player and a good mechanical engineer are obviously very different tasks, I think both are similar a bit in terms of a lot of adjustments are needed in order to succeed. I think this is one of my strengths when I pitch. I know the scouting report well when I go out on the mound, so I have a game plan. Then, when I see something that doesn’t quite add up, I am able to change that game plan so that it improves and gives my team the best chance to win. Baseball is a game of failure for hitters, so my job as a pitcher is to try to exploit that by maintaining that advantage.

TD: Being selected by the Minnesota Twins, have you been to the state before? Target Field? What do you know about the organization?

MC: I have never been to Minnesota before, but I have heard nothing but great things about the Twin Cities and Target Field. I know that two of the past three Rice pitchers to pitch in the MLB have been with the Minnesota Twins in J.T. Chargois and Tyler Duffey. I want to be able to keep that legacy going and improve upon it.

  • JW24, operation mindcrime and DannySD like this

  • Share:
  • submit to reddit
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

8 Comments

Great article. He sounds like a smart person who will do all that he can to succeed.

    • DocBauer likes this

Great article, Ted.Rice University is one of America's finest.A 3.99 gpa while participating in a sport is just flat unrealistic.Matt must be one heck of a young man.Hopefully, he will stay healthy and rise quickly towards his opening day at Target Field.

    • glunn and DocBauer like this
Photo
Aerodeliria
Jun 08 2019 07:26 AM
Very nice report. Being a top-notch athlete and maintaining a 3.99 is hard to fathom really. He must be extremely disciplined, which bodes very well and for continued development.
    • glunn likes this

 

Great article, Ted.Rice University is one of America's finest.A 3.99 gpa while participating in a sport is just flat unrealistic.Matt must be one heck of a young man.Hopefully, he will stay healthy and rise quickly towards his opening day at Target Field.

That 3.99 GPA is impressive, but I'm trying to figure out how one gets that. Your standard degree is 120 credits. If you get all A's except a B in a 3-credit class, it's a 3.975 (round to 3.98).If that 1-credit Library Skills class messed up a 4.0 for a Mechanical Engineering student, that would be sad (and pretty funny.)

    • glunn, rdehring and Aerodeliria like this

That 3.99 GPA is impressive, but I'm trying to figure out how one gets that. Your standard degree is 120 credits. If you get all A's except a B in a 3-credit class, it's a 3.975 (round to 3.98).If that 1-credit Library Skills class messed up a 4.0 for a Mechanical Engineering student, that would be sad (and pretty funny.)


Not all classes.carry three credits plus an engineering degree is likely more than 120, as was the case with my son.
    • glunn likes this

 

That 3.99 GPA is impressive, but I'm trying to figure out how one gets that. Your standard degree is 120 credits. If you get all A's except a B in a 3-credit class, it's a 3.975 (round to 3.98).If that 1-credit Library Skills class messed up a 4.0 for a Mechanical Engineering student, that would be sad (and pretty funny.)

 

Could also be an A-, which often counts 3.7.

    • glunn, gil4, 70charger and 1 other like this
Sounds like a highly intelligent young man. And I would never dismiss high intelligence when it comes to pitchers. We all know it's more than just pure stuff that makes the good ones successful.

I'm very curious about his delivery and confess I haven't had time to watch film yet. I hear there are concerns. But if it works for him and he's been doing it since Jr High, is there really anything to be worried about?
    • glunn and brvama like this

 

Could also be an A-, which often counts 3.7.

I haven't seen that at schools I have been to, but that would make sense. I still had fun speculating about the other possibility.


Similar Articles


by Ted Schwerzler , Yesterday, 01:24 PM
Photo


by Andrew Thares , 17 Sep 2019
Photo


by Ted Schwerzler , 16 Sep 2019
Photo


by Ted Schwerzler , 15 Sep 2019
Photo


by Matt Braun , 12 Sep 2019
Photo