Inside Pitch Magazine: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Mets?
Matt Bouchard: I can't really describe how it feels; I'm very excited there's a lot of anxiety going into the draft. I've been talking to the Mets through out the whole spring season, they're the team that I talked to the most. I'm just excited to be a part of such a prestigious and great organization.
Inside Pitch: Is this about the part in the draft you imagined yourself being selected?
Bouchard: Yeah definitely, there are so many different things you hear throughout the course of the year, especially this past week about projections and every thing. I'm just so happy the Mets chose to take me with their 11th round pick, hopefully it'll be a good investment and I'm excited to work hard in order to make it all the way up to the top.
Inside Pitch: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?
Bouchard: They were the team that talked to me the most, but there were still other teams I had been talking to, as well. I had a feeling it was going to be the Mets—I'm happy, man, it's such great, storied organization and franchise.
Inside Pitch: What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
Bouchard: I'm an infielder, I played shortstop basically all my life. I played a little bit of second and third too, so I can move around the infield.
I've got pretty good speed, I can get on base and make things happen. I take pride in my defense, obviously, as a shortstop. Pretty good range, I have occasional power, I could do a little bit of everything. I feel like I bring a lot, I just love playing the game.
Inside Pitch: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Bouchard: Strengths would be my speed and my arm; I'd say I have pretty good arm strength. My defense is another one of my strengths. My weakness is just like everyone, consistency at the plate; just trying to hit for high averages, which is a pretty tough thing for anybody.
Inside Pitch: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level?
Bouchard: It's tough to compare myself to people. I've heard others compare me to a J.J. Hardy-type of guy; he's coming on as of late.
Inside Pitch: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Bouchard: As of right now I've heard they're going to keep me at shotrt, but obviously down the road it could be anywhere, I mean I'm willing to change. I'll do anything in order to make it up obviously to the big team, whatever it takes. I'm open to anything.
Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Bouchard: Probably the draft, that's probably my best moment. That's what it's all about and it's pretty much what I've worked my whole life to do. Tt finally came true. I know it's going to be a long road ahead. I just can't wait. I work hard and have a good work ethic, so I hope for the best.
Inside Pitch: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Bouchard: I'm from Rhode Island so my favorite team was the Red Sox, my favorite player has always been Alex Rodriguez, just because just all around, he does everything so easily. But as of late, honestly, I love watching Jose Reyes. He's so exciting.
Inside Pitch: Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
BouchardI definitely want to play; I'm leaning toward signing and starting my professional career.
Inside Pitch: New York is known to be a pressure-filled environment. How do you think you can handle that?
Bouchard: I feel like I can handle it, I'd say I'm mature enough now and I'm kind of like a laid back, low key kind of guy who works hard. I'm used to the pressure and being in tough situations whether it be in school, I like challenging myself. I'm pretty used to a lot of pressure.
Q&A with Mets' 11th Rd Pick Matt Bouchard
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