Q&A with Yankees 28th round Pick Josh Dezse

Dezse hits the mid-90's with his fastball

We sat down with Yankees' 28th round pick, Josh Dezse, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Olengtangy Liberty High School in Ohio says is about his stuff, his favorite player and how he'll fit into the Yankees organization, and more!

PinstripesPlus.com: Can you give me your first thoughts running through your mind after being selected by the Yankees?

Josh Dezse: I was actually at Best Buy with my family and all my friends starting texting me saying "congrats, congrats" and I was like "what are you talking about?" I got online on one of Best Buy's computers and saw that I got drafted. I was just in shock. It's a dream come true, really. It's pretty cool. I don't really know what to think or what to say, I'm just in shock.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised you were drafted by the New York Yankees? Had you talked with them much, prior to the draft?

Drezse: Oh yeah, we actually hired an advisor to help me through the process, but I had actually been talking to Mike Gibbons, the scout for here in Ohio for a while now, along with other scouts so I didn't know exactly who was drafting, but I have been talking to Mike for a while and now I get to talk to him more and more, so I'm pretty pumped.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you know anything about the Yankee organization or how the farm system works?

Dezse: To be honest, I have no idea. I talked to a bunch of scouts about what it would be like if I do sign, so I have a general idea about playing rookie ball, but I'm not really sure where I fit in right now. I just have to sit down and figure that out. It basically comes down to if I sign or not.

PinstripesPlus.com: What pitches do you thrown, and what speed are they?

Dezse: I throw a four-seam and two-seam fastball, usually sits around 92-94 but I've hit 96. I have a curveball that is about 77-78 and a changeup that is about 82-83. They want to work me throwing a splitter because I have huge hands, so that would be an added pitch. I'm a young pitcher, still developing all of my pitches. I've only been pitching for two years, which they really like about me, but I'm still learning how to pitch.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say are your strengths?

Dezse: We'll I'm 6-foot-5 so that is definitely one of my strengths. My family says I have a God-given arm and not many people are able to throw as hard as I can, so those are basically my strengths.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up and who is your favorite player?

Dezse: I didn't really have a favorite team. I don't watch much pro ball; I'm really set on college baseball. My favorite player growing up though was Randy Johnson. He has been my main guy, throwing hard. I used to watch him when he was with the Diamondbacks.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare yourself to in the Majors so that Yankee fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Dezse: That's a tough question. I don't know. I know who I want to be like. I want to be like Strasburg was [Tuesday] night. Throwing that hard would be a dream. But I don't really know who I would compare myself too.

PinstripesPlus.com: What has been your best moment in your baseball career, and why?

Dezse: I'd say the whole recruiting process. It's been a dream. The college recruiting process has been a great deal of fun, playing in front of all these scouts. And not only did I get to do that, but I also was recruited by pro scouts. That has been the best moment of my career, just being good enough to be scouted by people.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you plan on signing quickly and moving right into your professional career?

Desze: I'm not sure how quickly this moves or how in a hurry I am of signing, but I know that if they Yankees feel they can give me what I need, then I'll sign. If we can't negotiate something and it comes down to that, I'm excited to go to Ohio State. It pretty much comes down to a signing bonus, I'd say. I, my advisor and my family have a number set and if we can negotiate a price around that I would go in a heartbeat and go play for the Yankees. If not though it's kind of a win-win situation, I go play for Ohio State. The draft comes around my junior year of college again so I don't really know yet. That's pretty much where I am with that.

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

Dezse: I don't really think so. I've been under pressure with pro scouts and stuff. I know going to New York is a totally different thing, but I think if I'm prepared enough to play at the major league level then that pressure turns into fun. It would be a blast to pitch for the Yankees and inside that stadium.

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