Recently, I had the opportunity to do a Q&A interview with Cardinals minor league utility man, Mason Katz. Katz attended Louisiana State University, and was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Below are a few questions and answers from our interview. Enjoy!
Q – At what point in your life did you really get serious about baseball?
A – I’ve always been very serious about baseball. Growing up, I played a lot of sports. Golf and baseball were my main sports and I had to decide to give one up coming up through high school. I chose to stop golf at the time and focus on baseball, because I could always return to golf. I learned golf before baseball, so it was a tough decision for me, but I love baseball and would never trade that decision. Golf is still an important part of my life and my getaway.
Q – Who was your favorite team/player growing up?
A – My favorite player growing up was Ken Griffey Jr. He always looked like he was having so much fun playing. I always wanted to enjoy the game of baseball as much as he did.
Q – Throughout your baseball journey, who is someone you have always looked up to?
A – I’ve always looked up to my father throughout my career. I’ve had a lot of great times, but also some tough times. He has always been there for me through the successes and failures. With my recent injuries, I wouldn’t have been able to fight through it without him. He keeps me positive and moving forward every day.
Q – Which current or former player do you compare your game to most?
A – I try not to compare myself to anyone. Everybody has their own skill set and is unique. I just try to be the best version of myself that I can every day.
Q – In your baseball career, what has been your most memorable moment? If not the same, In your first few years in the Minor Leagues, what has been your most memorable moment?
A – My most memorable moment would probably be the weekend I was drafted. It was the same weekend that we won the super regionals in college to go to the World Series. Both of those in the same weekend is tough to top.
Q – What was it like being drafted by an MLB Franchise, not to mention the Cardinals?
A – Being drafted was a dream come true. Seeing all the hard work pay off is an incredible feeling. Going to an organization like the Cardinals makes it even more special. The tradition, history, and respect this organization has makes it an honor to be a part of.
Q – What has been your favorite part of the offseason?
A – My favorite part has been seeing and feeling the progress of my rehab and workouts, to come back from my injuries. It has been a long and tough process, but it is exciting to feel the progress to get ready for 2017.
Q – During the offseason, do you pay attention to any of the rumors of possibly being included in a trade?
A – I try not to pay attention to it too much. It is always interesting to see things like that, but I just focus on the things I can control. All I can worry about is getting myself healthier and stronger for the upcoming season, whichever team that would be with.
Q – What do you think of the big league club heading into 2017? With the addition of Dexter Fowler.
A – I think it will be an exciting season. A lot of young talent with great veteran players and leadership. Dexter Fowler was an important piece to the Cubs World Series victory, and adding him can be a nice piece to the club.
Q – What are you most excited for in the 2017 season?
A – I am most excited to be healthy and play a full season. I have had a lot of injuries the last two years and I am just ready to play again. Staying healthy is the most important thing to me and I’m ready to have an exciting 2017.
Q – Do you think Opening Day should be a National Holiday?
A- Oh yeah! Let everyone enjoy the opening day of baseball season.
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