Q&A with Mets 15th Round Pick Colton Plaia

Plaia signed with the Mets on Thursday

The Mets selected catcher Colton Plaia out of Loyola Marymount in the 15th round of the 2013 First-Year player draft. In this exclusive Draft Day Q&A, Colton talks about his strengths and weaknesses, his best moment in baseball, his future with the Mets, and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Mets.

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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