InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being drafted by a team like the Mets?
Sean Ratliff: I'm really excited. It's a big honor to get picked, especially in the first day, and be able to play a ball for a living. The Mets are a great organization which is what I'm hearing from my advisors and people I've talked to. I'm excited to get started in the organization.
Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets who drafted you? Did you have any discussions with the Mets prior to your selection?
Ratliff: They were one of the teams that were pretty high on me going into the beginning of the year. I heard from my advisors that they were on the teams that were looking pretty hard at me so when I saw the Mets logo up next to my name on the draft tracker, it wasn't that big of a surprise.
Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or the farm system is like?
Ratliff: You know, I really don't. I've never played with anyone who was drafted by the Mets or currently play with the Mets to this point so it's all going to be a new experience.
Inside Pitch: Can you describe what kind of player you are? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
Ratliff: You know, I consider myself a good, athletic player who can swing the bat with a good amount of power and drive in a good amount of runs. I think I can play a good outfield, have a strong arm and run well so I think I can contribute in a bunch of different ways depending on where the club sees me going.
Inside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you may have gone in the draft? Any range of rounds or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?
Ratliff: I had a good indication that this was where I would fall. It was right in the middle of the range I was looking at. It was where people were projecting me so it was right where I figured.
Inside Pitch: The PAC-10 conference is very well known for its talent and depth, how do you think that may possibly help your transition into professional levels where players are still, for the most part, the same age as college competition?
Ratliff: I think it's going to be good for me. I think this conference prepared me well as the PAC-10 is a great conference where you see a large of number of guys, both hitters and pitchers, go in the first day of the draft every year. I think I'm used to seeing this level of competition on a weekly basis and I think this conference has prepared better than any other league in the nation could.
Inside Pitch: Getting to your game some more, what areas of your game do you feel is the strongest right now and what will you be focusing on when your professional career kicks off?
Ratliff: I think I played very solid defense at all three outfield positions, which I played very comfortably. From an offensive standpoint, I think I've hit with a good amount of power to all fields and drove in runs, but the thing I'm really going to work on primarily is my plate discipline. I think I need a little bit better approach when it comes to working deeper into counts and learning pitchers.
Inside Pitch: You are listed as a centerfielder on your draft card and you mentioned you have played all three outfield positions. How much time did you see at the corner outfield positions and do you see yourself staying in centerfield?
Ratliff: I have no indication of moving and it wouldn't be a problem to me. I've played the corners the last few summers including the last couple summers in an Alaskan summer league as well as played right field for the Junior National team before coming to Stanford, so I have no problems going to the corners.
Inside Pitch: To give our readers an image of what you are like on the field, who currently at the big league level could you compare your playing style to?
Ratliff: I'd say I'm a little bigger version of Eric Byrnes. I'm a guy who's going to play his hardest day in, day out and give his body up for his team. I'll do whatever it takes to have to win.
Inside Pitch: Growing up, who was your favorite team and your favorite player?
Ratliff: Actually, I was just fan of the league. I never really had a favorite team to follow. I grew up in Colorado and most of the time growing up the Rockies really weren't that much to root for as they struggled the majority of my life. As for my favorite player, I really love the way David Wright plays the game. I know it's nice to stay in the home organization now, but I think he plays the game the right way, he's got the tools, and I think does all the right things someone should as a ballplayer.
Inside Pitch: Speaking of David Wright, he's at the center of the New York club that just drafted you. What do you think about the prospects of one day playing in New York?
Ratliff: I think it's exciting. There are diehard fans up there that may love you one day and hate you the next. But I'd love to play in an atmosphere where your team and fans have your back that much and there is so much of a competitive spirit, especially with the Mets and Yankees there in the same city.
Inside Pitch: Now that you've been drafted, what are your immediate plans? Is it your intention to sign now and get your professional career underway?
Ratliff: Well you know, I'm not even suppose to talk to the organization about signing anything because we're still playing in the Super Regionals and we're not allowed to have any contact in the college season. But, once that's done, I'm set on getting the ball rolling, get into the organization and start my journey upwards.
Q&A with Mets 4th Round Pick Sean Ratliff
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