Q&A with Yankees 18th Round Pick Brady Lail

Lail grew up a Yankee fan

The New York Yankees selected pitcher Brady Lail in the 18th round out of Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah. The 6-foot-2 right-hander sat down with us for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Yankees, his commitment to the University of Arizona, his power curve, and a whole lot more.

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

Brady Lail: You know it's been my favorite team growing up, watching all the players and all the development that they have through the organization. You know right now I'm trying to gather it in I guess and I'm so proud and so honored to be even considered a Yankee and right now I'm just trying to take it all in.

PinstripesPlus.com: You're from Utah. How did the Yankees become your favorite baseball team?

Lail: Umm, well in Utah we don't really have a professional baseball team. I mean we have a Triple-A team the [Triple-A Salt Lake] Bees with the Angels. But just growing up and hearing Yankees all the time and me and my older brother have been Yankees since we first picked up a baseball and we're loving it.

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

Lail: You have to love Derek Jeter. I love Derek Jeter, just the way he plays the game and how passionate he is for the love of it. Just growing up watching him, its been unreal.

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

Lail: I was surprised because [Tuesday] they actually called me to be a tenth round guy and the money didn't meet but earlier [Wednesday] morning they called just saying we're going to take you in the eighteenth round and I was surprised. It was awesome.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Lail: I have a fastball that I can touch to 94, that's where I topped out at. I'm really consistent from 89 to 91 with that and it's a 2-seam fastball. I throw a power curveball, a slider, and I don't know what there speeds are. Then I have a changeup that is like 78 to 79 that drops off the table pretty well and still trying to develop that a little bit.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Lail: I think my power curve and I just think throwing the slider and fastball, kinda getting it by them and kinda getting ahead and they are not expecting the power curve and it kinda gets them. I definitely need to work on my slider and my changeup at the next level, I believe. I kinda started to pick up the slider this year and a changeup just been developing, and I've been changing a lot about it these past couple of years and I am just ready for that and a little bit of help I guess.

PinstripesPlus.com: What is your college plan? Have you been in contact with the school?

Lail: I signed with the University of Arizona. I haven't been in contact with them today. I talked to them yesterday and they're just sitting back and kinda taking it in I guess and seeing that it will come down to how I feel. Coach Lopez is awesome about that and they're just hoping I am a Wildcat but you never know what happens from now on.

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

Lail: Yeah I am going take time and make sure that it feels right and make sure that I am completely ready and just kinda enjoy it again as well, and see how I really feel in the next couple of days and will go from there.

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?

Lail: I love Tim Hudson. Tim Hudson from the Braves is a guy I grew up watching and again the way he approaches the game and controls the game and just keeps those batters unbalanced. I love the fact he can go out there no matter what knowing that he is the best and he keeps going.

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

Lail: I haven't really thought about it. Hopefully I can do what I have done since I was four and five-years-old and I know it's a lot different [laughs] but hopefully through the organization I can develop and make sure I am calm and ready to go.

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