Q&A with Yankees 2nd Round Pick Peter O'Brien

O'Brien is all about sticking behind the plate

We sat down with Yankees' 2nd round pick, Peter O'Brien, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the catcher from the University of Miami says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, and much more.

PinstripesPlus.com: So how does it feel to be selected by the Yankees?

Peter O'Brien: It's awesome, you know. I'm looking forward to being a Yankee and playing for the greatest organization in baseball.

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

O'Brien: I'm definitely a leader. I'm a winner. I love being back there behind the plate. I definitely have a lot of power. I got a good arm. I just got to work on the things I need to work on and help the team win some World Series'. I'm definitely going to want quite a few.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say your weaknesses are?

O'Brien: I wouldn't say necessarily I have any weaknesses. There's things I have to work on. You really have to work on everything. Everybody always says catching defensively. I'm a pretty big guy - I'm 6'5 - so I'm definitely working on my flexibility and my receiving and stuff like that to be able to stick behind the plate. But I'm a hard worker, and I never take no for an answer so that's definitely something I'm going to work on, and I'm going to exceed on back there.

PinstripesPlus.com: What about blocking balls, and things like that. How do you feel about those skills?

O'Brien: That comes along with the flexibility. I haven't been catching for a long time. I've probably been catching since my senior year of high school. As I'm back there more, and as I get in more games, I'm only going to get better with time.

PinstripesPlus.com: As far as watching other major leaguers, who would you compare your game to the most just to give fans an idea?

O'Brien: I wouldn't say there's necessarily one person I can compare my game to most. You can definitely throw out guys like Matt Weiters; he's a good guy, lot of power, good arm. He's a great catcher defensively, also. I'd say that's probably one of the guys that's closest to my game. You can throw Mauer in there, also.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised being drafted by the Yankees? What were your expectations going into it?

O'Brien: It was awesome. I was a long day yesterday, long day today. Just being able to sit in front of the computer and hear my name called it was really a blessing.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think you're going to stay at catcher for a long period of time, or do you see the Yankees moving you around?

O'Brien: I definitely think I can stick behind the plate. It's whatever they feel I'm going to succeed in the most. But I was drafted as a catcher, and I feel that's my strongest position. Not only because I have the tools to be back there, and have the work ethic to be back there, but I have the natural leadership to stick behind there, and run a ball club, and run a pitching staff.

PinstripesPlus.com: Looking back on your career and everything you've done, what would you say your best moment was?

O'Brien: I couldn't tell you. This year in Miami was definitely a good year. I enjoyed it. Playing in the Team USA, being in the Cape Cod league. I wouldn't say it's as much sort of a greatest moment. I would say it's just the opportunities that have opened up for me, and everywhere I've gone that baseball as taken me, and everyone that I've met.

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

O'Brien: [laughs] I'm going to say it's the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter, for sure.

PinstripesPlus.com: Now that you've been drafted, what are your immediate plans? Do you plan on signing and playing right away?

O'Brien: Definitely, I'm really excited I was drafted by them. I'm just looking forward to getting a deal done quick, and getting out there and sticking behind the plate.

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