-The K Zone-
December 9th 2016
In 2015 Imani Abdullah received a call from Magic Johnson while in his 3rd period class at Madison High school to be told he was selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round. Two years later he has just come off a very strong season with the Great Lake Loons (Dodgers A affiliate) pitching 72.1 innings while having a 3.61 era and a 1.13 WHIP (walks+hits/Innings Pitched). I hope you enjoy my interview with Dodger prospect Imani Abdullah!
Mike Duffy: What was it like finding out you were drafted during school??
Imani Abdullah: It’s was crazy! A Dream come true. I found out during my third period stats class!
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite thing about being a dodger?
Imani Abdullah: The dodgers are big on building strong relationships and I love that.. I also like the fact that they treat/evaluate all players equally regardless of who you are or what round you got drafted…
Mike Duffy: What was the moment this season?
Imani Abdullah: The best thing I did during the season was celebrate after we won the Midwest league championship!
Mike Duffy: What was it like winning the championship?
Imani Abdullah: Absolute amazing… coming together as a team and winning the Midwest league title was one of the best feelings in the world.
Mike Duffy: Who is the toughest hitter you have faced?
Imani Abdullah: Eloy Jimenez…….
Mike Duffy: Best thing about pitching?
Imani Abdullah: For me, the Best part about pitching is that you’re in control and you’re the leader. When you’re on the mound you play a big part of that teams win or even loss.. (hopefully a win lol).
Mike Duffy: Hardest thing about pitching?
Imani Abdullah: Trying to find a way to get outs without having your best stuff
Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto?
Imani Abdullah: I don’t really have a motto..
Mike Duffy: Who are your role models?
Imani Abdullah: I’ve always looked up to my parents as role models. They have always guided me in the right direction and they always support me in the decisions I make.
pic credit: The Great Lakes Loons’ Imani Abdullah pitches during the Loons’ game against the Lansing Lugnuts at Dow Diamond on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Josie Norris | MLive.com File) (Josie Norris | MLive.com File)