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Q&A with Yankees 35th Rd Pick, Greg Holle
Greg Holle: It's insane! You sit there and wait to see if your name is going to be called and then when it finally comes up there is a big sigh of relief. For that team to be the Yankees, it makes it that much more special, knowing that they are the most respected and successful sports franchise in the history of sports.
PinstripesPlus: Were you surprised it was the Yankees who picked you or did you have the opportunity to talk to the Yankees prior to?
Holle: It's always a big surprise when something of this magnitude happens to you. The Yankees, however, were the team that I felt I had the best opportunity to be picked by. I attended both of the Yankee workouts and played well. The second time, which was the week prior to the draft, was at the pre-draft workout. I was able to meet the top guys in the Yankee organization when it came down to making the selections. Damon Oppenheimer was straight to the business end of it when I met him and we began to discuss the possibility of being selected. Matt Hyde [area scout] followed and coached me at different times throughout the summer and when he called when I was selected, it made it that much better knowing that we could come to an agreement possibly by the end of the summer.
PinstripesPlus: Do you have any idea of the Yankees farm system? Where do you think you fit in their system?
Holle: That will be something that we will have to look at down the road as the summer winds down and we see if the negotiations are going to lead to a contract.
PinstripesPlus: Talk about your stuff. What do you throw, and at what speeds?
Holle: I throw two and four-seam fastballs anywhere from 92-95 MPH, a curveball in the 73-77 mph range, and a changeup in the 79-81 MPH range.
PinstripesPlus: Growing up, who was your favorite team, and favorite player. Why?
Holle: Seattle Mariners and Ken Griffey Jr was my favorite player because of how he handled himself on and off the field as well as the way he got the job done. He was all business had fun doing so.
PinstripesPlus: If you were to compare yourself to someone in the Majors, who do you believe would be the best comparison?
Holle: Kyle Farnsworth, he's my favorite pitcher to watch and I can relate to him because he was a two-sport guy who throws hard and is very competitive.
PinstripesPlus: What would you say [draft excluded] is your best moment in baseball thus far?
Holle: Pitching at Yankee Stadium, a place where the greatest players to ever live have played, and to do it twice makes it that much more special.
PinstripesPlus: How did that opportunity come about?
Holle: I got invited for just a summer workout at the stadium towards the end of last summer. It was awesome to see what the clubhouse is like and how they are treated as far as equipment, but also to be in the same place where all the great players got prepared for games as well as celebrated World Series victories in the past.
PinstripesPlus: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started?
Holle: In talking with the Yankees, I will not sign early as result of my back strain which made me only available for three high school starts this season. When negotiations come to an end and we see what they are willing to offer, we will take it from there.
PinstripesPlus: With the college offer currently on your plate, how does that affect your decision to sign with the Yankees or begin a college career.
Holle: I have a full ride to TCU so its definitely something that I have to look at it in determining my fate as a Yankee, but if the offer is right then we will be preparing for life as a pro ball player.
PinstripesPlus: Is there anything in particular that the Yankees can specifically provide you that might lean you towards signing a contract?
Holle: It is still so early so to say there are things that they will need to do to get me to sign would be me saying something that I do not know yet.
PinstripesPlus: The pressures of New York are something that has got to pitchers over the years. How do you believe those pressures would affect you as a player?
Holle: There is a long way to the top, but personally I feel I thrive on pressure situations but at a level like that, I don't think anyone is really 100 percent sure how they will respond.
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