Q&A with Mets 25th Round Pick Leon Byrd

With their 25th round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Mets selected middle infielder Leon Byrd out of Cypress Ranch High School in Texas. In this exclusive Draft Day Q&A, he talks about his process of being drafted by the organization, who he'd compare his game to at the professional level, if he's looking to sign quickly, and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Mets?

Leon Byrd: It was a great feeling. It's nice to be recognized by Major League Baseball and the Mets' organization as a good baseball player.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?

Bryd: I feel like I'm a very high energy guy. I feel like I can change the game with offense or defense; high speed guy, can put the ball in play. I'm a winner, I guess.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Byrd: Strengths would be fielding, hitting and speed. A weakness is I don't hit for much power, kind of just a base hit guy.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: How about your defensive game?

Byrd: I feel like I have a really good arm across the diamond whether I play second base or shortstop, and I have good range.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Mets' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Byrd: You're probably going to hate me for saying this, but someone like Jimmy Rollins. That's someone I model my game after.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?

Byrd: I wasn't totally surprised, but I wasn't sure they were going to. They had contacted me before the draft, but I wasn't sure if they would actually select me.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: You played shortstop in high school but are projected as a secnd baseman – are you comfortable at both positions and do you think you are going to stay in the middle infield?

Byrd: I feel very comfortable at both positions. Infield is where I'd like to stay, but if the Mets feel like I could help in the outfield, that's where I'll play.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Byrd: Winning the [2012 Texas] state championship is totally unreal. It's a great accomplishment because I've been working so hard the past four years.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Byrd: Jose Reyes is my favorite player. My favorite team is probably the Rangers or the Yankees, not really sure.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: You have signed with Rice, but 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?

Byrd: I'm not really sure. The area scouts said to focus on high school and the state championship and that we'll talk later. We will probably decide by the end of the week.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Mets?
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\r\nLeon Byrd: It was a great feeling. It's nice to be recognized by Major League Baseball and the Mets' organization as a good baseball player.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
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\r\nBryd: I feel like I'm a very high energy guy. I feel like I can change the game with offense or defense; high speed guy, can put the ball in play. I'm a winner, I guess.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nByrd: Strengths would be fielding, hitting and speed. A weakness is I don't hit for much power, kind of just a base hit guy.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: How about your defensive game?
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\r\nByrd: I feel like I have a really good arm across the diamond whether I play second base or shortstop, and I have good range.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Mets' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
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\r\nByrd: You're probably going to hate me for saying this, but someone like Jimmy Rollins. That's someone I model my game after.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nByrd: I wasn't totally surprised, but I wasn't sure they were going to. They had contacted me before the draft, but I wasn't sure if they would actually select me.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: You played shortstop in high school but are projected as a secnd baseman – are you comfortable at both positions and do you think you are going to stay in the middle infield?
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\r\nByrd: I feel very comfortable at both positions. Infield is where I'd like to stay, but if the Mets feel like I could help in the outfield, that's where I'll play.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nByrd: Winning the [2012 Texas] state championship is totally unreal. It's a great accomplishment because I've been working so hard the past four years.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nByrd: Jose Reyes is my favorite player. My favorite team is probably the Rangers or the Yankees, not really sure.
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: You have signed with Rice, but 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?
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\r\nByrd: I'm not really sure. The area scouts said to focus on high school and the state championship and that we'll talk later. We will probably decide by the end of the week.
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