Mack – I’ll thrilled to be talking today with one of the top lefties in the upcoming draft, Vanderbilt’s Kevin Ziomek. Hey Kevin. It seems like we just went through this process a few years ago, doesn’t it? J
Kevin: - Ha, ha, it sure does. Time has really flown by. It's been a great few years so far at Vandy, I'm really excited to see what next spring will be like for us!
Mack – As usual, my first question takes you back to that first day someone put either a ball or bat in your hand. Take us through the steps that led to this day.
Kevin - I have to say I can't tell you too much about my first time with a ball ha! My parents always told me that they always put a baseball in my left hand when I was younger. I will always be thankful to my dad for that!
Mack – I loved the scouting report from PG when you were in high school:
Was the competition at Amherst Regional challenging enough?
Kevin - I think whoever wrote that scouting report was being pretty generous! As a kid coming out of the Northeast, I think my experience was a lot different than the kids who play in the south or out in California. We have some good talent up there, but a lot of that talent is spread out and it can sometimes be hard to find the right tournaments and areas with a lot of strong competition. It was definitely a great experience for me to go down to Jupiter and some of the other big tournaments so I could see what competition would be like at the next level. There was definitely some good competition, I probably just didn't experience it on the regular basis that a kid from California might.
Mack – So, summer “travel teams” were very important in your overall assessment?
Kevin - I wasn't necessarily a huge traveler to be honest. I went to some of the bigger tournaments such as PG national and Jupiter, FL but I never really attended much else. In the summer I just played for a local legion team and high school ball during the spring. Other than that the only major tournament I attended was the Area Code Games out in California. I guess I just was fortunate enough to be invited to the right tournaments and had the right coaches see me!
Mack – Last question, Kevin (and thank you for your time). What are your realistic goals this year and how far can we expect Vandy to go?
Kevin - I'm really excited for this year. I think we have a great group of young guys coming in, and there is a good chance they can have an immediate impact. Hopefully we can make another run back to Omaha and bring back a championship to Nashville!
Mack – Thanks Kevin. We’ll check back with you mid-season.