Q&A with Yanks 12th Rd Pick, Manuel Barreda

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We sat down with Yankees' 12th round pick, Manuel Barreda, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Sahuarita High School in Arizona says about his size, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, if he's looking to sign soon, and more.

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

Manuel Barreda: I was working out for the Yankees recently but I was still shocked. It's just an honor for me. As a little kid, you always dream of playing for the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? I mean, had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?

Barreda: I had some contact with them and talked to some of the Yankees' scouts. I was just sitting at my coach's house and wasn't really paying attention and we heard my name followed by the Yankees and it was awesome.

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

Barreda: I have no idea, honestly. My friend Jim Armstrong told me good things about the organization. Other than that, I have no clue.

PinstripesPlus: Talk about your stuff if you wouldn't mind. What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Barreda: My fastball gets in there at around 92, 94 MPH. It topps out at 96. I also can throw a slider, a curveball, and a changeup.

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

Barreda: Not really. I just saw who was doing well and liked them. As soon as I hit high school though, I liked Pedro Martinez. He reminded me of myself as far as size.

PinstripesPlus: 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?

Barreda: I really don't have a comparison. I just pitch my own way and be myself. I try not to set my mechanics to anyone else's.

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

Barreda: Winning the state championship my sophomore year of high school. To do that with the group of guys I was with was just awesome.

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

Barreda: I'm definitely looking to sign this year. I want to go to Tampa and be able to start my [professional] career right away.

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

Barreda: No, I'm not overly concerned with that. I think I have the will and desire to succeed in any environment.

PinstripesPlus: Some scouts think you lack the size to be durable at the Major League level. How do you respond to that?

Barreda: It doesn't matter to me. I'm going to go out there and try my hardest regardless of what scouts say. Some scouts try to point out flaws in your game but it's never been a big deal to me.

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