Q&A with NY 38th Round Pick Andre Del Bosque

Del Bosque has a new favorite team

We sat down with Yankees' 38th round pick, Andre Del Bosque, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from the University of Houston-Victoria 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.

Andre Del Bosque: This is probably the most amazing experience I will ever experience actually. Being drafted in general is awesome but when the Yankees call you and tell you congratulations, that is just a different story.

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

Del Bosque: I had somewhat of an idea because I had been talking to the scouts the whole time, but I was also talking to other people.

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

Del Bosque: I am sure it is the best in the world. Other than that I am not too familiar with it.

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?

Del Bosque: I throw a fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup. I usually throw my fastball anywhere between 92-94. My slider is 85-87. My changeup and curveball is usually in the low-80s. Honestly, my strength is probably my slider. I think that is one of my best pitches; I always go to that pitch. I throw that more than my fastball. I need to work on developing a better changeup.

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

Del Bosque: It was the Astros but not anymore. Now it is the Yankees. Mariano Rivera was my favorite player. The past two years I fell in love with the guy.

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?

Del Bosque: I would say Jose Fernandez except he throws a little bit harder than me; actually a lot harder.

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

Del Bosque: That phone call [on draft day] was probably the best.

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

Del Bosque: No not at all. It shouldn't be too bad. I grew up in Victoria and played for the University of Houston at Victoria. The news crew and the camera were all over me so I am kind of used to it.

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