Q&A with Yankees 15th Rd Pick Matt Richardson

Richardson only started pitching this year

We sat down with Yankees' 15th round pick, Matt Richardson, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-hander from Lake Mary High School says about being drafted by the Yankees and moving from the infield to the pitcher's mound.

PinstripesPlus.com: Congratulations on being drafted. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

Matt Richardson: It was pretty exciting. They were the team I wanted to take me overall. My whole family was pretty pumped about it. It'll probably hit me even more later on. It was really exciting. I mean, they have a firm no facial hair, a socks up policy and I can't grow facial hair and always wear my socks up so it works out good.

PinstripesPlus: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Richardson: Mostly, I have a pretty strong arm and hopefully they can bring me up as a pitcher. I just started pitching this year, so hopefully they can slow me down and get me to calm down on the mound because I get a little excited.

PinstripesPlus: When did you move from the infield to the mound?

Richardson: I used to play as a shortstop, but I started pitching more this year. It just came naturally to me and I just needed to slow down whenever I was pitching.

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

Richardson: I throw a fastball, curveball and changeup. I'm consistently 91-93. I've hit 95 once. My curveball is 78 and my changeup is 82.

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

Richardson: I went to a workout with the Yankees about two weeks ago, and I threw well. I was surprised they took me. They talked to me [on Thursday], and we did not really have an agreement and then they had not really talked to me very much, then all of a sudden my name disappeared, so I was pretty surprised that they took me.

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

Richardson: Probably winning the state championship when I was tean for the AAU team. We came back in the last inning with a walk-off base hit and I was the one who actually scored the winning run. It was so exciting, and we had a dog pile and everything.

PinstripesPlus: Who was your favorite team while growing up?

Richardson: I'm from Illinois, so my favorite team is the Chicago Cubs, but I've always been a fan of how the Yankees run their organization. They are always first class.

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?

Richardson: I'm not really sure who I would compare myself to, but I'm pretty intense on the mound. I really get into the game. I like to play the game the way it's supposed to be played and I get pretty involved.

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

Richardson: I would like to sign quickly. If we can come to an agreement that would be great for me, and great for everybody. Hopefully I can get to Tampa and start playing.

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

Richardson: I usually do pretty well with high pressure situations. I've had a lot of people at my games when I'm supposed to do well, and I usually do, so I don't think it should be that much of a problem. I know it's a difference of 60,000 to a few guys that come to watch me, but I think I'll be okay.

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