The Orioles fourth round selection in the 2011 draft, Simon enters his first full professional season and is the opening day starter for the Frederick Keys. Simon, 21, made eight appearances with Aberdeen and Delmarva and went 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA last season.
The former Arizona product discussed his expectations for the season Wednesday at Frederick Keys media day.
On being named opening day starter
Simon: “I’m pretty excited! I haven’t started in pro ball yet, but i’m ready to make my first start especially for the defending league champions.”
On off-season preparation
Simon: “It’s honestly just been a lot of working out my arm. I threw close to 150 innings last year in college and pro ball. I rested my arm and it’s all rebooted and ready to grind out another 150 innings this year.”
On the developmental process of his arm
Simon: “At most times I really don’t throw at max speed.I usually get quick innings and low pitch counts, which gives me the ability to eat up innings.”
On the pitches he throws on the mound
Simon: “I throw a sinker roughly 88 to 93 mph, a slider and a change-up along with my fastball.”
On seeing pro camp for the first time
Simon: “It was more laid back and all on yourself rather in college you were more so on a schedule. I like it more because it’s more on your own because some are going to exceed and some will fall back. It’s mental preparation and it separates a lot of guys.”
On expectations to start this year
Simon: “I mean it wasn’t that much of a surprise. I’m ready for the challenge. I had a good spring training building from last year getting promoted from Aberdeen to Delmarva and now here. I’m ready for this level and ready to get past it in as many starts as I need here.”