Q&A with Yankees 22nd Round Pick Nick Goody

Goody is good friends with Bichette Jr.

Nick Goody, a right-handed pitcher from State College of Florida was drafted by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft. Goody, who has the option to choose either LSU or to go pro next season, sat down with us and talked about his draft day experience, his best baseball moment and how his arsenal of pitches is steadily growing.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Nick Goody: To be honest I was in the outfield doing some body squats because this summer I'm playing in the Northwood League and one of my buddies ran over to me and told me I was drafted by the Yankees. I honestly thought he was joking and then I saw it online and was lost for words. It's been a great experience.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? Had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?

Goody: I wasn't too surprised, I talked to a couple Yankees scouts leading up to the draft and didn't know if was going to be the Yankees, Giants or Orioles but I'm happy it was the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?

Goody: A little bit. I know they play in Tampa. I don't know too much else but one of my good friends, Dante Bichette Jr., also got selected by the Yankees in the first round and he called me saying, "we are going to be teammates!" I'm looking forward to finding out more about the organization.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?  Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Goody: I throw a fastball and when I start it usually sit anywhere from 89-92. When I close it sits 91-93. I also have a slider which is one of my biggest pitches and sits usually 79-81; I've been up to 84 with it. My changeup is really starting to come along, some teams I worked out for liked it a lot. It is still a new pitch for me. I also have picked up a cutter but that's a work in process.

PinstripesPlus.com: Can you talk about your cutter a little more?

Goody: I definitely want to work on it to give me another pitch in my arsenal and to break it out whenever I need it.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Goody: I've always liked the Braves for the longest time and it's kind of funny, my family is from Boston so I kind of like the Redsox, [laughing]. I like the Sox and the way the play but I have a new favorite team now and that's the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Yankees' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Goody: Mentality-wise I would go with Brian Wilson, he's got that bulldog mentality and as far as pitching-wise I would go with Roy Oswalt, just because of the pitches he possesses in his arsenal.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Goody: It's got to be getting drafted by the Yankees, I'm stoked. If we're talking about on the field accomplishments I would have to say playing in the Ju-Co College World Series with State College of Florida in 2010. I got to pitch in front of about 10,000 people and it was pretty cool.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you believe you gained experience playing in the Ju-Co World Series that will help you at the next level?

Goody: Absolutely, I pitched 2 and 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and there were so many scouts in the stands, the crowed was literally full of scouts. I ended up hitting 94 that game, and playing in front of all those people really gets your adrenaline flowing. It was a phenomenal experience for me.

PinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Goody: I'm not really too sure. I'm going to finish up baseball this summer and see where it takes me. I don't have a definite mindset; I'm just going to take it day-by-day.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?

Goody: If you let it be a problem and hang on to every word someone might say it could be a problem. Personally I'm a guy who thinks I'm only human and I make mistakes and then you leave the rest up to God. You have to take things one at a time and not get too high, and not get too low.

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