Q&A with Yankees 12th Round Pick Luke Greinke

Luke says his stuff is different from his brother

We sat down with Yankees' 12th round pick, Luke Greinke, the brother of Kansas City Royals hurler Zack Greinke, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Auburn University says is his greatest attribute on the mound, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, and more.

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

Luke Greinke: I'm just real excited to get picked up by them. I've been talking to the Yankees a lot over the past few weeks, so it was good to get drafted by them. I knew I was on their list, I just didn't know if someone wanted to pick me up before that, but it ended up being them.

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

Greinke: I've been talking to a lot of the guys and they were saying some things about going to Staten Island, and start off there, but I'm not positive about that.

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

Greinke: I'm a fastball, slider, changeup guy, about 88-92 MPH with the fastball. I throw the slider to righties, and the changeup to lefties.

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

Greinke: I didn't really have a favorite team, but Ken Griffey Junior was one of my favorite players growing up, and then my brother pitches for the Royals.

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? Would you compare yourself to your brother?

Greinke: I'm not really sure if I compare to anyone out there. My brother and I have similar body types, but we have different stuff.

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

Greinke: The best thing that happened to me was this past summer when I won college player of the year in the Valley League where I hit and pitched that year.

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

Greinke: I'm ready to get started as soon as possible, so I don't think it will take long at all.

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

Greinke: My mom thought it would bother me, but I really don't think it will. As long as I go out there and do good, I shouldn't have a problem.

PinstripesPlus: Does your brother help you at all?

Greinke: He's helped me here and there. If I ever had any questions I would just ask him, and he's done a lot for me since he's been around.

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