Q&A with Yanks 15th Round Pick Tyler Molinaro

Molinaro likes his power game

The Yankees selected outfielder Tyler Molinaro in the 15th round out of Pittsburgh Community College. He sat down with us for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Yankees, which big league player he most resembles, if he's looking to sign quickly, and a whole lot more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

Tyler Molinaro: It's pretty much a dream come true. I mean, it's arguably the best franchise in the history of sports. I've been dreaming of becoming a professional athlete since I was a little kid and to finally have it become a reality is pretty sweet.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and where do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Molinaro: I'm a power hitting, left-handed hitter. I think I can hit for some average and I definitely have a lot of power from the left side, first base, corner outfield.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Molinaro: My strength is that I think I can make adjustments pretty quickly. I can recognize and understand the game pretty well and make adjustments when necessary. Weaknesses, I would probably say that sometimes I expect too much out of myself and I do too much reaching rather than let it happen.

PinstripesPlus.com: On the draft tracker it had you listed as a right-fielder; do you play any other positions?

Molinaro: Actually, at my junior college I played first base all year, but I think I'm projected as a corner outfield, left and right field. I play left field, right field and first base.

PinstripesPlus.com: How is your defensive game?

Molinaro: The outfield is fairly new to me, that I'll kind of learn more as I get into it in coming years. First base I've been playing for lots of years and I feel pretty comfortable at that position and whatever comes my way there, but I'm looking forward to learning a new position out there in the corner outfield and becoming a better outfielder. I don't mind either one so playing either one is fine with me. Wherever they put me and wherever I can help the team out the most is what I'll be happy with.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the major league level so the Yankees fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Molinaro: I would have to say a left-handed hitting Jason Werth.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

Molinaro: I talked to them quite a bit over the last month or so. I knew it was between them and one or two other teams. They were definitely on my radar and every time their name came up on the draft screen I was paying attention.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who were your favorite team and player growing up?

Molinaro: My favorite team, I would have to say it a foresighted Pittsburgh Pirates. I have strong ties to the Pittsburgh area so I'm a Pittsburgh fan by heart, but my favorite player without a doubt is Ken Griffey Jr.

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

Molinaro: My best moment in baseball other than being drafted would probably have to go back to my twelve year old year in a little league game when we won a championship game off back-to-back homeruns that me and one of my buddies hit.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Molinaro: I don't know. We'll talk to them tomorrow and hopefully I'll have a better idea of what their plans for me are and I'll be able to weigh all my options and hopefully make a decision here sometime in the near future.

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