Q&A with Yankees 26th Round Pick Blake Monar

Monar likes his secondary arsenal

We sat down with Yankees' 26th round pick, Blake Monar, for a post-draft Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from South Spencer High School says is his best pitch, how he thrives in pressure situations and how he feels about being drafted by the Yankees.

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

Blake Monar: Well, I was actually playing in a baseball game, and I did not really know, but people sent me a lot of text messages and once I saw it I was happy. The Yankees are definitely who I wanted to be drafted by.

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

Monar: I talked with them quite a bit, I was not too surprised. There were some other teams that expressed more interest I thought, but the Yankees were the ones that ended up taking me.

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

Monar: I know that the Yankees have a lot of resources for their farm system. I have not really looked at the big picture yet, I'll just see how the summer goes and then I can see how everything will work out.

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

Monar: I have a decent fastball and my offspeed pitches are well above average, so that's why I got drafted. I have a slider, changeup and curveball that are all developed. My fastball is decent, but that's not what most scouts like about me.

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

Monar: My favorite player was always Ken Griffey Jr. so I liked the Mariners, but when he went to the Reds I started to like them too. I was always a Cardinals fan too, but I've more or less been a baseball fan in general.

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?

Monar: I think I'm kind of similar to Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee.

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

Monar: Probably winning a state championship. We had gotten beaten in sectionals for the two previous years so it was kind of a nice feeling that it was finally happening.

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

Monar: It really depends. It's either way for me, I'm just waiting to really sign, but if I can sign right away that's what I'll do.

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

Monar: Oh not at all. I actually thrive in pressure situations; I like pressure and big games so it won't be a problem at all.

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