Q&A with Yankees 2nd Round Pick Gosuke Katoh

Katoh hasn't even graduated high school yet

We sat down with Yankees' 2nd round pick, Gosuke Katoh, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the second baseman from Rancho Bernardo High School in California says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, and much more.

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

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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