InsidePitchMagazine.com: 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?
Jordan Abruzzo: I actually signed a few days ago and I've been in Florida for the past three days. I've been working out all day and I played in an intra-squad game today too. I love it right now because I don't have class anymore and I can just play baseball. I'm going to take this opportunity and run with it.
Inside Pitch: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Mets?
Abruzzo: It's great; this is a great organization and it's been a blast so far. I know that I have a lot of hard work ahead of me; it's everything I expected it would be and more. I love being able to play baseball all day and working hard and hanging out in the hotel afterwards. I couldn't have asked for anything more right now and I'm really happy with the situation.
Inside Pitch: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
Abruzzo: Well as far as I know, they have me slated to join the team at Kingsport and I'm a switch-hitting catcher, so I obviously have a chance to get some playing time, because from what they tell me, I'm a commodity of sorts. As long as I produce, I'm pretty confident that I can play well everyday and be successful with wood bats. I also feel that I've had plenty of preparation up to this point. After four years of college ball, I feel that I'm pretty well-prepared and I'm ready for the challenge.
Inside Pitch: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Abruzzo: I think my biggest strength has been that I've always hit well wherever I've been. I'm also pretty confident handling a young pitching staff, so I'm excited about the opportunity to do that. My biggest weakness I guess you can say is that I should try and get more runners out on the bases with my arm. That's been something that I've been struggling a little bit with on and off for some time, I can be hot or cold. I just need to find some kind of consistency there.
Inside Pitch: 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?
Abruzzo: My favorite player is Jason Varitek, because we're both switch-hitting catchers that give everything we have on the field; I love watching him. He goes out there with this bulldog mentality and that's what I try and bring to the table when I'm on the field.
Inside Pitch: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?
Abruzzo: Actually I was surprised that the Mets drafted me; I never spoke to them on the phone. I was kind of looking at some local west coast teams, like the Padres and the Diamondbacks and I talked to them a lot. They [the Mets] were the last team I thought was going to pick me up, but it turned out to be a great situation for me. They're a great organization and I'm very happy to be here.
Inside Pitch Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Abruzzo: I'm excited to catch and I think that's where I'm going to be for the time being and hopefully the future, but I have no problem moving to first base if they need me to or ask me. It's something that I've never really done before, but I'd do my best to make that move a productive one for me and the organization. I'm up to do whatever can keep me around in the organization.
Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Abruzzo: It has to be seeing my name being picked in the 13th round by the New York Mets. It was a great feeling, one of the best I've ever had. I was so anxious and scared because I didn't know when I was going to be drafted. I had a good idea I was going to be taken in between the 10th and 15th rounds and that's exactly what happened. It was a great feeling to see my name called.
Inside Pitch: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Abruzzo: I was a big San Francisco Giants and Will Clark fan growing up. He was such a competitor and was so much fun to watch, not to mention the fact that he was a great hitter.
Q&A with Mets' 13th Rd Pick Jordan Abruzzo
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