InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what's going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: It's an honor. I just didn't have any idea of who I was going to be picked by here, or if it would be on the first day. It feels great. It's a good team on the big league level now. I'm just ready to take it to a whole ‘nother level now.
Inside Pitch: Are you surprised that the Mets selected you?
Nieuwenhuis: Not really. I just didn't have any idea who was going to pick me.
Inside Pitch: Did you have any discussions leading up to the draft?
Nieuwenhuis: Yeah. A little bit. I talked to a lot of teams. I talk to [the Mets] a little briefly.
Inside Pitch: Do you have any idea what it's going to be like with the organization in the farm system?
NieuwenhuisI don't anybody in that farm system, so I kind of know what to expect in terms of the minor leagues right now, but no. Not really. I don't know a whole lot about the positions throughout the league. They told me they were going to push me.
Inside Pitch: You played in a smaller league, so not a lot of people had the chance to see you play. What kind of a player are you? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
Nieuwenhuis: I can play centerfield or rightfield. But if I got a chance to play for quite a few people this year in the (5:15)
Inside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you might go in the draft?
Nieuwenhuis: I kind of was expecting more in the fifth round range, but I had no idea. I'm just glad they picked me.
Inside Pitch: What are the strongest areas of your game?
Nieuwenhuis: Just developing more power at the plate. The longer I hit, the more I get into the power. I've really gotten into the power the last few years.
Inside Pitch: What do you feel like you need to improve on?
Nieuwenhuis: Just the mental part of the game. That's something everyone needs to get better on. You can always get better at that. There are more important things at the next level.
Inside Pitch: Do you see yourself staying at the same position, or moving when you go to the Mets organization?
Nieuwenhuis: My experience was definitely in center field. They can try me at different positions like third and right field.
Inside Pitch: Just so Mets fans know what your game is like, who would you compare your game to at the major league level?
Nieuwenhuis: I talked to one scout, and he said I'm probably most like Larry Walker. I have strong lift, I can work the pitch count. I'm not gonna pull anybody away with my speed. That sort of thing.
Inside Pitch: What's been the best moment in your career?
Nieuwenhuis: Getting a chance to play in the NAIA World Series was pretty cool. So, probably playing in the two World Series.
Inside Pitch: Do you have a favorite team or favorite player?
Nieuwenhuis: I grew up in Colorado, so Todd Helton and Larry Walker.
Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
Nieuwenhuis: Definitely. I want to sign as soon as possible.
Q&A with Mets 3rd Round Pick Kirk Nieuwenhuis
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