Q&A with Yanks 32nd Round Pick Jordan Ramsey

Ramsey isn't so sure about signing

We sat down with Yankees' 32nd round pick, Jordan Ramsey, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington 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: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Ramsey:: It's cool, I mean, the Yankees are kind of like the face of baseball. They've won more championships than about the top other teams combined. It's a true honor to be selected by them knowing the history and quality of Hall-of-Fame players that they've produced.

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

Ramsey: It was a big surprise. I had talked to their area scout before the draft, maybe a week or so before, but I hadn't had any conversations on the first day or second day of the draft with him until he called and I saw that I had been selected. I had talked to him before, but nothing on the days of the draft.

PinstripesPlus.com: Are you a little disappointed to be taken in the 32nd round this year as opposed to the 28th in 2011?

Ramsey: It was obviously a goal of mine to be selected a lot higher than 32nd, but some things happen in the year that you can't control. But it's an honor to be picked in the draft. I mean, it was a ton of great players, so I guess I'm not really too disappointed. I had hoped to be picked a little higher, but you can't really complain with the talent of baseball players across the country.

PinstripesPlus.com: What made you decide to not start your professional career then?

Ramsey: Just knowing that I had needed to get better physically and mentally, I think three years of college would help you out with that. I haven't decided if I'm signing with the Yankees this time or not, but coming out of high school I felt like I probably wasn't that ready for pro ball and needed to go to college and get bigger and stronger and become a better pitcher and more mature.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?

Ramsey: Yeah, actually I know a little bit about it. I know one of my friends has played on the Yankees. I think he's at Charleston right now, or maybe Tampa. I know a few of the farm teams and I don't know too much about any other ones. Yeah, I'm familiar with about two or three: the Tampa Yankees and the RiverDogs. I've actually seen the RiverDogs play before.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Ramsey: Fastball. I think it's been anywhere from 90-95. I think that's what they've had me clocked at this year, maybe a 96 once. I throw a slider. I'm not sure the exact speed of the slider and the changeup. My strengths are fastball command, pitching off my fastball, and I need to work on my offspeed pitches and repeating my delivery.

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

Ramsey: To be honest with you, growing up, when I was young, being from North Carolina, I'd always kinda liked the Braves a lot when I was younger. I wouldn't say I have one specific favorite player. I like to watch a lot of different pitchers.

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?

Ramsey: I like [Kris] Medlen with the Braves, before he got hurt. But comparison? I don't know. That's a tough one. I'd have to say, maybe, like Zack Greinke [who] pitched a lot of outs throwing two-seam fastballs. Or [Clay] Buchholz. I know he's a Red Sox, but [he] pitches with two-seam fastballs mixed with speeds.

PinstripesPlus.com: Would you have a problem pitching relief innings? Why or why not?

Ramsey: No, I've actually pitched in relief with Cape Cod after my freshman year, and, actually, I did pretty well doing that. I mean, it's a lot different than starting. It's kind of a big adrenaline rush when you get your name called from the stands. So, I actually kinda like doing that too, as well as starting. I don't really have a huge preference on which one to do, just whichever way I can help anybody out.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Ramsey: I would have to say in my freshman year at Wilmington, after we won the conference championship. It was just cool 'cause a group of seniors hadn't won the conference championship, and so it was good to win that one for the first time in a while for the school and make a regionals for that group of seniors. So that was really cool.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem? Do you think it will be difficult to adjust to the NYC lifestyle? And why?

Ramsey: No, I don't think it would be too difficult to adjust. I've been up North for the summer playing baseball up there and I know there's good baseball fans up there and it's just something you have to live with. I don't think there will be any added pressure. [It's] just kinda gotta be pretty cool knowing that the fanbase is pretty good.

PinstripesPlus.com: How does a pitcher get out of a bases loaded jam? How do you approach that situation?

Ramsey: First off, just step off the mound, regardless of how you got the bases loaded. You just kinda take a deep breath and take it pitch by pitch. You can't get three outs all at one time. You just kinda gotta take it slow and slow down the game and work out however you can.

PinstripesPlus.com: What is your biggest career goal?

Ramsey: Obviously, ever since I was a little kid I wanted to play professional baseball, so that would be right at the top of the list.

PinstripesPlus.com: What advice would you give to kids who are aspiring to become a Major League Baseball player?

Ramsey: Just have fun and enjoy it. Don't ever put too much pressure on yourself. It's just a game. Have fun and just do all you can and give it your best.

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