Billy Bullock was drafted out of high school by the Los Angeles Dogers, however elected not to sign. He went onto have a successful college career with the Florida Gators, and was subsequently drafted his Junior year by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft. After a couple of successful years in the Twins organization–in which he moved from Single-A to Double-A in a matter of a year–Bullock was traded to the Atlanta Braves organization. Since the trade Bullock has made quick progress, working his way up through the ranks, as after starting the 2011 season with Double-A Mississippi, he ended the year with Tiple-A Gwinnett.
The 6′ 6″, 225 pound, power throwing righty tops the gun in the upper nineties. The ability to throw the heater past batters as well as his ability to get outs when he needs them, is what I feel will enable Bullock to hit the big leagues fairly quickly. The Braves can always use another elite relief pitcher, and I think Billy Bullock could be exactly that if he can keep up the hard work ethic and determination.
Billy Bullock–relief pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization–took the time recently to answer some of my questions:
1.) At what age did you first become interested in baseball?
I started playing at three, in tee ball, and haven’t stopped since.
2.) Did you always want to be a pitcher?
No, at first I wanted to be a position player but quickly realized I couldn’t hit. So that made that change a no brainer.
3.) What made you go to college over starting your career after high school?
I wanted to go to college from the beginning but it made it easier when I didn’t get drafted where I wanted to out of high school.
4.) What does it feel like to be having such success this early in your career?
It’s a really good feeling knowing that so many people have confidence in my ability to push me and promote me thru the system, although no real success is had until the day I get to the big leagues. Then I can look back on my minor league career and access success. Until then, it is just part of the process.
5.) Do you collect anything? If so, what? And why?
I don’t really collect anything other than sneakers. I’ve been known to be called a sneakerhead before.
6.) If you weren’t playing baseball, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be working to overtake day to day operations of my grandfathers farm and nursery operation.
7.) Favorite TV show?
8.) Favorite car?
’70 Chevelle SS.
9.) Favorite player growing up? Why?
Ozzie Smith for the passion and the love. He played the game with each and every day.
10.) Favorite moment of your baseball career thus far?
Sending Miami home two straight years in the NCAA tournament. Nothing like in state rivalries.
Big thanks to Billy Bullock for answering my questions.
You can follow him on twitter: @BillyBullock