TAMPA, FL – In round two of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player draft the New York Yankees selected…
Q&A with Yankees 2nd Round Pick Gosuke Katoh
Gosuke Katoh: They have a really good tradition, their history is obviously really good and their fan base is excellent. I really wasn't expecting to go in the second round but when the Yankees took me I was so excited.
PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
Katoh: I see myself more of myself a contact guy that gets on base a lot; which is a home run type guy. I work my game around defense. I tend to be more senses oriented. I want to get my bat going more a little bit. I want to help the organization that way, just getting more on base, scoring runs as much as possible.
PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Katoh: My strengths I feel as if I am more of a quick twitch type player. I am fast and obviously my defense as I have said before. But most importantly I am hard worker and I am very team oriented, I always put the team in front of me. I just try to go out there and win. My weaknesses would probably be my power. I really haven't grown that much. That is one of the things I want to get better at when I go into the majors I want to get bigger and stronger. Definitely a little bit more powerful, that is what I want to work on.
PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
Katoh: I tend to model my game around Robinson Cano and I am not just saying that because I got drafted by the Yankees. He just really makes everything look so easy at second base and in the box at hitting. I really look up to him and his stature at second base is extremely fluid. Also, his hands are really soft and I just want to be like him one day.
PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
Katoh: Like I said before I really try to model my game after Robinson Cano because of the way he plays his position so well.
PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
Katoh: It was a little bit of both. I saw the Yankees scouts come to our games a couple times at my high school. But I definitely wasn't expecting myself to go that high in the round, I was expecting to go in 3rd round maybe 4th or 5th. But just to be drafted by the New York Yankees is just an honor, they are just a really good program and they have a really good tradition. I feel like the owner does a great job of directing the program.
PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Katoh: I really am comfortable at second base right now. But if the Yankees need me as a utility type guy, maybe playing as a short, third, even outfield if they needed me. I am willing to change for the organization.
PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Katoh: [Thursday] night getting my name called on TV was pretty special. I mean I have been working so hard for this moment my whole life. Basically since I was a little kid. But in reality [Thursday] was only the start of what I am going to be doing for a really long time and I am going to have to work really hard to have to work at Yankee stadium.
PinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Katoh: I am Japanese so I tend to follow the players around the MLB and I like Ichiro Suzuki. I grew up watching him only because he is on the West Coast and the Yankees and Padres played a lot. So I would always go to Petco Park to watch him. Also, Hideki Matsui he was pretty big for the Yankees and I watched him in that World Series game where he got MVP, those are some special moments that I remember watching and playing his best and biggest game of baseball. It was just exciting to see a fellow Japanese player excel at that level.
PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
Katoh: I graduate next high school next week and as far I know I am going to get flown out to the Spring Training complex in Florida and get some physicals and everything out of the way. Therefore, if everything runs smoothly then I might sign then.
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