Q&A with Yanks 34th Rd Pick, Drew Storen

With a strong commitment to Stanford University, Yankees' 34th round pick, Drew Storen, sits down for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out who the right-handed pitcher from Brownsburg High School in Indiana compares his game to at the big league level, if he's thinking about skipping college and signing with the Yankees, and more.

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

Drew Storen: I'm excited. I was really hoping to get chosen by them. The Yankees are the premier organization in the game, in my opinion. Today [Friday] is definitely one of the most exciting days of my life.

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

Storen: Oh no. Going into it, the Yankees were the team I talked the most with. I began talking with them at the East Coast Professional Showcase this past August. Because of all of that, I had a pretty good idea that they were going to take me.

PinstripesPlus: Do you have any idea what the Yankees farm system is like and how do you think you fit into the plans of the organization?

Storen: I hope that I fit in really well. Lately, all these great arms have been coming up through the system and I'm really looking forward to being apart of that success.

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

Storen: I'm usually at 90 or 91. I range from 89 to 94, but I'm usually at 89 to 91. I mostly throw fastballs, but I do throw a sinker. I also throw a power slurve, which I can usually throw at about 86 and I can also throw a changeup at about 81. I come from about the three-quarter point and I have a pretty high leg kick. I also kind of torque up a little bit when I throw.

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

Storen: I actually know Scott Rolen personally, so I have always been a huge Scott Rolen fan. As for favorite team, I was a huge Mariners fan growing up just because of Ken Griffey Jr. and A-Rod. I've actually become more of a Yankees fan since A-Rod joined the team. I'm a big A-Rod supporter, no matter what anyone says.

PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your stuff to at the major league level so the Yankees' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound and why?

Storen: I would say Tim Lincecum. He's not a very big guy like I am. I don't throw nearly as hard as he does, but I do use my body a lot when I throw, kind of like he does. I would also compare my slider to his as well. I don't throw it nearly as hard, though.

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

Storen: It's going to be hard to top what's gone on [with the draft]. I was really excited coming into the day, so to be selected by the Yankees; the reality of it is just starting to kick in really. Just to have your name called by the Yankees is just an amazing honor.

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

Storen: I'm really starting to think about what it's going to take to get me away from going to Stanford. I'm just going to talk to the area scouts here and try to work something out. I have two unbelievable options in either going to Stanford or joining the Yankees. It's going to come down to what I believe is best for me to do right now.

PinstripesPlus: Are you leaning in any direction or are you just going to take your time in making a decision?

Storen: It's really too soon right now. I'm just going to have to play it by ear and see how things go.

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

Storen: No, not at all. I love pressure. I like pitching in big game situations and having everything in a game depend on me. My dream is to pitch against the Braves and everyone in the crowd is doing the tomahawk chop against me.

PinstripesPlus: I understand that your father, Mark Patrick, hosts a baseball oriented radio show each morning on XM. Being that he is so involved in the game, how does he feel about your selection this afternoon.

Storen: He's really excited and he was really my personal advisor throughout this entire process. He was always there to ask the tough questions. We're very familiar with the Yankees organization and the people that run it, so it's always a big key knowing all of those particulars when your about to be drafted.

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\r\nDrew Storen: I'm excited. I was really hoping to get chosen by them. The Yankees are the premier organization in the game, in my opinion. Today [Friday] is definitely one of the most exciting days of my life.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Were you surprised that it was the Yankees that selected you. I mean, had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?
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\r\nStoren: Oh no. Going into it, the Yankees were the team I talked the most with. I began talking with them at the East Coast Professional Showcase this past August. Because of all of that, I had a pretty good idea that they were going to take me.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you have any idea what the Yankees farm system is like and how do you think you fit into the plans of the organization?
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\r\nStoren: I hope that I fit in really well. Lately, all these great arms have been coming up through the system and I'm really looking forward to being apart of that success.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Talk about your stuff if you wouldn't mind. What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
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\r\nStoren: I'm usually at 90 or 91. I range from 89 to 94, but I'm usually at 89 to 91. I mostly throw fastballs, but I do throw a sinker. I also throw a power slurve, which I can usually throw at about 86 and I can also throw a changeup at about 81. I come from about the three-quarter point and I have a pretty high leg kick. I also kind of torque up a little bit when I throw.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nStoren: I actually know Scott Rolen personally, so I have always been a huge Scott Rolen fan. As for favorite team, I was a huge Mariners fan growing up just because of Ken Griffey Jr. and A-Rod. I've actually become more of a Yankees fan since A-Rod joined the team. I'm a big A-Rod supporter, no matter what anyone says.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your stuff to at the major league level so the Yankees' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound and why?
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\r\nStoren: I would say Tim Lincecum. He's not a very big guy like I am. I don't throw nearly as hard as he does, but I do use my body a lot when I throw, kind of like he does. I would also compare my slider to his as well. I don't throw it nearly as hard, though.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment is baseball and why?
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\r\nStoren: It's going to be hard to top what's gone on [with the draft]. I was really excited coming into the day, so to be selected by the Yankees; the reality of it is just starting to kick in really. Just to have your name called by the Yankees is just an amazing honor.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right of way?
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\r\nStoren: I'm really starting to think about what it's going to take to get me away from going to Stanford. I'm just going to talk to the area scouts here and try to work something out. I have two unbelievable options in either going to Stanford or joining the Yankees. It's going to come down to what I believe is best for me to do right now.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Are you leaning in any direction or are you just going to take your time in making a decision?
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\r\nStoren: It's really too soon right now. I'm just going to have to play it by ear and see how things go.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
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\r\nStoren: No, not at all. I love pressure. I like pitching in big game situations and having everything in a game depend on me. My dream is to pitch against the Braves and everyone in the crowd is doing the tomahawk chop against me.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: I understand that your father, Mark Patrick, hosts a baseball oriented radio show each morning on XM. Being that he is so involved in the game, how does he feel about your selection this afternoon.
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\r\nStoren: He's really excited and he was really my personal advisor throughout this entire process. He was always there to ask the tough questions. We're very familiar with the Yankees organization and the people that run it, so it's always a big key knowing all of those particulars when your about to be drafted.
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