Q&A with 16th Round Pick Richard Prigatano

We sat down with Blue Jays' 16th round pick, Richard Prigatano, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder/first baseman from St Francis High School in California says about his game, his thoughts about starting his professional career now, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: Congratulations on being selected by the Blue Jays, can you tell us what that felt like?

Richard Prigatano: It felt pretty great because I was in Hawaii at the time just with some friends on a senior trip. Sitting in the sun, watching the draft go by definitely felt [great].

FutureJays.com: Could you tell us about your game and how you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?

Prigatano: My type of game is, I feel like I run pretty well for a big guy. I'm 6'3 about 200. My strength is definitely my arm, I feel like I throw pretty well from the outfield. Hitting-wise, more power than other guys. But I also can put the ball in play with two strikes.

FutureJays.com: What would you say is something you still need to work on?

Prigatano: I always think I can work on speed more. Lateral quickness helps for getting better jumps on the ball.

FutureJays.com: Could you talk about your defensive game a little more?

Prigatano: Well, this season one of our big guys went down at first base. We had no one else who could play first base, but we did have a backup right fielder. So, they moved me to first base because we had nobody else who could play the position. I'm an outfielder, but I was at first just to help the team out.

FutureJays.com: Was it a surprise to be selected by the Blue Jays? How much discussion did you have with them leading up to the draft?

Prigatano: It actually was a surprise because I didn't even know the Blue Jays were that interested in me at all really. I didn't really talk to them at all before other than filling out a questionnaire. So getting picked by them was a surprise until I got a call from them on the day of the draft.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare yourself to at the Major League level?

Prigatano: Jason Werth I'd say because of the size, arm strength, hitting for power and average.

FutureJays.com: What is your best moment in baseball so far?

Prigatano: Probably winning league with my high school team last year. Just the excitement to have a dog pile finally and to win a championship for my coach, it just felt great.

FutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?

Prigatano: Favorite team started off being the A's but then became the Giants because I'm a Bay Area kid. My first favorite player was Marco Scutaro, he was on the A's back in '03 I think. Yeah, he was my favorite player and he had like five walk-off hits that year. He just played the game right and that always stuck in my head ever since.

FutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans? Is it your intention to sign quickly and start your professional career?

Prigatano: That's tough to say because I also have a scholarship to Long Beach State. I have to look at both sides and whichever one gives me the best opportunity in life, I'm going to go with that one.

FutureJays.com: Have you talked to the Blue Jays yet?

Prigatano: Not in person yet, but over the phone and they should be stopping by sometime at the beginning of next week.

FutureJays.com: If you had to put a percentage on it, are you leaning one way or is it 50/50 right now?

Prigatano: I'd have to say it's 50/50.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Congratulations on being selected by the Blue Jays, can you tell us what that felt like?
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\r\nRichard Prigatano: It felt pretty great because I was in Hawaii at the time just with some friends on a senior trip. Sitting in the sun, watching the draft go by definitely felt [great].
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Could you tell us about your game and how you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: My type of game is, I feel like I run pretty well for a big guy. I'm 6'3 about 200. My strength is definitely my arm, I feel like I throw pretty well from the outfield. Hitting-wise, more power than other guys. But I also can put the ball in play with two strikes.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is something you still need to work on?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: I always think I can work on speed more. Lateral quickness helps for getting better jumps on the ball.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Could you talk about your defensive game a little more?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: Well, this season one of our big guys went down at first base. We had no one else who could play first base, but we did have a backup right fielder. So, they moved me to first base because we had nobody else who could play the position. I'm an outfielder, but I was at first just to help the team out.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Was it a surprise to be selected by the Blue Jays? How much discussion did you have with them leading up to the draft?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: It actually was a surprise because I didn't even know the Blue Jays were that interested in me at all really. I didn't really talk to them at all before other than filling out a questionnaire. So getting picked by them was a surprise until I got a call from them on the day of the draft.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare yourself to at the Major League level?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: Jason Werth I'd say because of the size, arm strength, hitting for power and average.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What is your best moment in baseball so far?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: Probably winning league with my high school team last year. Just the excitement to have a dog pile finally and to win a championship for my coach, it just felt great.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: Favorite team started off being the A's but then became the Giants because I'm a Bay Area kid. My first favorite player was Marco Scutaro, he was on the A's back in '03 I think. Yeah, he was my favorite player and he had like five walk-off hits that year. He just played the game right and that always stuck in my head ever since.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans? Is it your intention to sign quickly and start your professional career?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: That's tough to say because I also have a scholarship to Long Beach State. I have to look at both sides and whichever one gives me the best opportunity in life, I'm going to go with that one.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Have you talked to the Blue Jays yet?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: Not in person yet, but over the phone and they should be stopping by sometime at the beginning of next week.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: If you had to put a percentage on it, are you leaning one way or is it 50/50 right now?
\r\n
\r\nPrigatano: I'd have to say it's 50/50.
\r\n
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