IronBirds Q&A: RHP Sander Beck
Severna Park native Sander Beck is starting his professional baseball career with the Aberdeen IronBirds after a college career at Maryland.
Sander Beck is in his first season of professional baseball.
Patch caught up with the 6-foot-5-inch, 224-pound Beck about a week before opening day. Check out what he had to say:
PATCH: How different is the experience here with the IronBirds than playing with the University of Maryland?
Beck: At Maryland it is more of a smaller atmosphere and playing in front of 6,000 fans every night will be a little bit different. I'm used to playing in front of a lot of fans, but coming from a smaller environment in Maryland just to be able to play in a bigger atmosphere will be really nice. There is a very professional attitude going around the clubhouse, which is very nice to see and I'm just excited to move along with the professional aspect of baseball.
PATCH: Are you nervous for this year and the experiences you will face?
Beck: Not much. Playing in the ACC for four years really helped me. You know, getting used to playing with really good competition is nerve-racking. The first couple days you've gotta meet everyone and just get comfortable.
PATCH: What did it feel like to be signed by the Orioles?
Beck: I signed after the draft and it was very exciting. It was kind of nerve-racking after the draft to hear if I would get signed. I stayed in contact with [Orioles area scout] Dean Albany. I was really excited to get the call and hear he got it done and to know I was playing in Aberdeen, which is close to my hometown Severna Park, was exciting.
PATCH: Will you be staying with a host family?
Beck: Because I live close to home, I am lucky enough to commute from there.
PATCH: What are your goals this year?
Beck: I want to develop as much as I can and learn a lot about minor league baseball. It's definitely going to be a bit of a different game compared to college baseball just in terms that the pace of the game might be a a little different. The first couple weeks I just wanted to get my bearings a little bit and hit the ground running, throw strikes, and let my defense work and try to win some ball games.
PATCH: What are your long-term goals?
Beck: I think everyone wants to play in the major leagues. We will see how the next couple weeks go. Obviously I want to be a major league pitcher.
PATCH: Would you like that to happen with the Orioles?
Beck: Being raised in Maryland, obviously playing for the Orioles would be my dream. What you have to understand is that this is a business. Front offices have to make business decisions and that's ultimately out of my control and I will take it one day at a time and the results will take care of that itself.
PATCH: Do you have any superstitions or rituals before the games?
Beck: Not really. I'm not sure if this is a stupid thing, but I have a superstition and it's not to have any superstitions. Let things take care of themselves. There are some things I do subconsciously, but nothing that really sticks out in my mind.
PATCH: Who is your biggest inspiration?
Beck: It has to be my brother. He went to University of Maryland with me and he was a major factor in me playing baseball. He just works really hard for everything he wants and every time I feel like the work out is too hard or maybe I'm a little down on baseball, I think of him being in the same situation and how hard he would work through it.
PATCH: What do you do in your free time?
Beck: I work out a lot, I love physically activity. I also like to play video games. I'm still a college kid in that regard. I just like to do the typical college stuff. Ping pong, video games, just hanging out and watching movies. I'm just excited to see what happens to me professionally.