With their 12th round pick in the 2013 First-Year player draft, the Mets selected shortstop Jeff…
Q&A with Mets 15th Round Pick Colton Plaia
Colton Plaia: It feels great, all this hard work has been tough, but it's paying off.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
Plaia: I see myself as just a more defensive-minded player, but I'm working on becoming an offensive threat and I think it works well with the Mets, just helping them win games. Whatever I can do to help win games.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Plaia: Strengths are defensively. I think I play better on the defensive side of the ball. And weaknesses, I just got to work on being more polished at the plate and more of a threat period at the plate. Just being a better offensive presence at the plate.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: How about your defensive game, can you go a little bit into detail there?
Plaia: I think I can call a good game and manage pitching and manage the defense and throw people out when they steal.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who would you compare your game to at the major league level so the Mets' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
Plaia: I don't know. I'd like to consider myself getting to a level of a Yadier Molina-type person. But I think with a little less offense right now, but working at it I think I can get there.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?
Plaia: It was definitely a surprise. I hadn't really talked to anybody with the Mets and when I got a call from them and they said they wanted me, it was definitely a surprise. But it was a nice surprise.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Plaia: I think I'm going to pretty much stay as a catcher and see how far that goes and if they want to move me and that's what they think is best for me and best for the organization then I think that's what we'll do.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Have you in your past played any other positions or has it always been catcher?
Plaia: I've been predominantly a catcher since high school and all throughout college. InsidePitchMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Plaia: Best moment in baseball happened this last season. One of our guys threw a no-hitter and I got to catch a no-hitter. So that was pretty cool.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Plaia: My favorite team and player growing up … favorite team, I probably liked the Cubs and the Angels, just because my family is from Chicago and the Angels were the hometown team out in California. And then the player that I looked up to was probably Pudge Rodriguez. If he was still around I'd probably say I model my game after him.
InsidePitchMagazine.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Obviously you are a senior, are you trying to sign and get your professional career started immediately?
Plaia: Yeah, I signed my contract [Thursday] and I'm out in St. Lucie right now with some of the guys and I think we're heading up to Brooklyn [on Friday].
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