The Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Jordan Foley in the 26th round out of The Colony High…
Q&A with Yanks 15th Round Pick Tyler Molinaro
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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