Q&A with Mets 6th Round Pick Joe Tuschak

With their 6th round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the New York Mets selected prep outfielder Joe Tuschak out of Northern Senior HS (PA). In this Draft Day Q&A, Tuschak reveals his emotions after seeing his name called, his playing style, his immediate intentions regarding his career and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?

Joe Tuschak: Right now, I'm actually pretty relaxed. I came and did a workout for the Mets on Sunday and felt at home the whole time. I'm just really happy about this opportunity.

Inside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? Did you and the Mets have any discussions leading up to the draft?

Tuschak: I pretty much had eight teams that I thought I might be selected by and the Mets were high on that list. So I was really excited when I got the phone call.

Inside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you may have gone in the draft? Did you have any range of rounds you anticipated being selected or did you just prepare to be drafted at any time?

Tuschak: I was prepared for any time. Going into this year, I never really thought I was going to be drafted high enough for me to actually go into the MLB but as the year progressed, I got the feeling more and more that it was probably going to happen. So I didn't really have any expectations and was happy wherever I landed.

Inside Pitch: Getting to your game, what areas do you think are the strongest? What areas will you focus on improving once your professional career begins?

Tuschak: I feel like my defense is pretty good and my speed is close to where it should be. I definitely plan on focusing on my strength and hitting once I start with the team.

Inside Pitch: To give our readers a little bit of an idea of what you look like out on the field, what big leaguer would you compare yourself to?

Tuschak: I'd like to compare myself to Carl Crawford. He's got speed, a good bat, and plays solid defense.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?

Tuschak: Growing up, my favorite team was the Boston Red Sox and my favorite player was always Big Papi. Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball so far?

Tuschak: It's actually going on right now. Our high school team is making a run to the state tournament so it's a really exciting time for us.

Inside Pitch: As I'm sure you know, New York is known for its high intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of one day playing in New York?

Tuschak: I think it would be awesome. There's the thrill of New York City and it's pretty much the capital of everything. Playing in a big city like that, there's a lot that can get into your head but I think I can handle it.

Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Tuschak: I'd love to sign as soon as possible and get things started right away.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?\r\n

\r\nJoe Tuschak: Right now, I'm actually pretty relaxed. I came and did a workout for the Mets on Sunday and felt at home the whole time. I'm just really happy about this opportunity.\r\n

\r\nInside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? Did you and the Mets have any discussions leading up to the draft?\r\n

\r\nTuschak: I pretty much had eight teams that I thought I might be selected by and the Mets were high on that list. So I was really excited when I got the phone call.\r\n

\r\nInside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you may have gone in the draft? Did you have any range of rounds you anticipated being selected or did you just prepare to be drafted at any time?\r\n

\r\nTuschak: I was prepared for any time. Going into this year, I never really thought I was going to be drafted high enough for me to actually go into the MLB but as the year progressed, I got the feeling more and more that it was probably going to happen. So I didn't really have any expectations and was happy wherever I landed. \r\n

\r\nInside Pitch: Getting to your game, what areas do you think are the strongest? What areas will you focus on improving once your professional career begins?\r\n

\r\nTuschak: I feel like my defense is pretty good and my speed is close to where it should be. I definitely plan on focusing on my strength and hitting once I start with the team. \r\n

\r\nInside Pitch: To give our readers a little bit of an idea of what you look like out on the field, what big leaguer would you compare yourself to?\r\n

\r\nTuschak: I'd like to compare myself to Carl Crawford. He's got speed, a good bat, and plays solid defense. \r\n

\r\nInside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?\r\n

\r\nTuschak: Growing up, my favorite team was the Boston Red Sox and my favorite player was always Big Papi. \r\nInside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball so far?\r\n

\r\nTuschak: It's actually going on right now. Our high school team is making a run to the state tournament so it's a really exciting time for us. \r\n

\r\nInside Pitch: As I'm sure you know, New York is known for its high intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of one day playing in New York?\r\n

\r\nTuschak: I think it would be awesome. There's the thrill of New York City and it's pretty much the capital of everything. Playing in a big city like that, there's a lot that can get into your head but I think I can handle it. \r\n

\r\nInside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?\r\n

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