Inside Pitch: I'd like to congratulate you on being drafted by the Mets. What are your thoughts on being drafted? What was your initial reaction on draft day when you saw your name pop up?
Brandon Richey: On draft day, I kind of knew I wouldn't go in the first day, the first five rounds. But my advisor told me to watch out during rounds eight through 12. I knew I had a good history with the Mets after talking with the scouts that visited me. My advisor told me I should go in the top ten. When the pick came, I was pretty stoked.
Inside Pitch: How much communication did you have with the Mets leading up to the draft?
Richey: Actually, I did not a whole lot of talking with them. I worked out for them and I talked to them a couple other times. They saw me play a whole lot the past two years. So, I think they knew what they were getting in me, and then knew what I wanted. They wasn't much need to talk all too much.
Inside Pitch: What type of player are you? How do you see yourself fitting in the Mets farm system?
Richey: I'm definitely a little more offensive minded. I feel I've always swung the bat well. Defensively, I'm your typical "make the play, throw it over" type of shortstop. I will make all the routine plays and give all I can on the hard ones. I've got speed. I am a gap-to-gap hitter. I do like to like to steal bases when I'm on. I like to run.
Inside Pitch: What would you say is the strongest part of your game? What area do you think still needs improvements?
Richey: I'd say the strongest part of my game is my hitting knowledge. I think I'm strong at the plate, after three years of college, in knowing how to adjust to pitchers and specific hitting situations. The thing that I need to work on is being productive on a more consistent basis.
Inside Pitch: To give our readers a better idea of what you look like on the field, is there a current Major Leaguer you see a bit of yourself in?
Richey: We don't play the same position, but I think I resemble Ryan Freel. I think he plays incredibly hard, always with a lot of effort. Neither of us are really big guys, but we'll hit he ball up the middle, get the important runs in. We can both be quite productive without hitting the ball over the fence too much.
Inside Pitch: Did play much utility in college? Has shortstop always been your natural position?
Richey: I've played shortstop ever since my junior year of high school and haven't moved since. Hopefully, I'll stay at short my whole career. I feel like I keep getting better defensively every year, even every week.
Inside Pitch: How is your range defensively?
Richey: I can run quite a bit, so my range is good. I tend to read balls well off the bat. Throughout college, my coaches always emphasized having a good backhand. They worked to me the point where fielding a ball to my backhand felt like fielding it straight up. I feel like I better to my right than my glove hand side. I have a pretty live arm so I can go to the hole and make the throws across the diamond.
Inside Pitch: What would say was your best moment in baseball?
Richey: It was definitely winning the Junior College World Series when I played at LSU-Unis. I played only at Northwestern State for one season. We won the JC World Series my sophomore year there.
Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team growing up and who was your favorite player?
Richey: Growing up, I lived by Houston, so I was always partial to the Astros.. I liked Ozzie Smith when he was still playing. Nomar Garicaparra was my favorite player for a while. I typically liked the top shortstops in the league.
Inside Pitch: So are your plans to sign and get your professional career started?
Richey: I quickly signed and got to St. Lucie three days ago. I've had two days of good workouts. I was assigned to Kingsport and I'm looking forward to get that started.
Q&A with Mets' 10th Rd Pick Brandon Richey
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