InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what's going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets.
James Bruno: Obviously, it's one of the historic franchise in sports. I can't think of any better place to start off than New York.
Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that the Mets selected you?
Bruno: I've been talking to them recently, and they told me they were going to draft me. We just weren't sure what round.
Inside Pitch: Did you have any idea, round wise, where you'd be drafted?
Bruno: They said that they thought highly of me, and they knew that I wasn't very known about, so they said they were going to wait a little while in the draft and not take me too high. But, it doesn't really matter to me, where I get drafted, I'm just happy to get chosen by them.
Inside Pitch: Were there many scouts out at your games?
Bruno: Where I live, I don't think that at any of my high school games there were scouts. Maybe one or two were there.
Inside Pitch: Why do you think they got the idea that they like you? How did they find out about you?
Bruno: My coach, he's well-known around here in the whole baseball system. My coach is a scout for the Mets right now, and my coach told them about me. The rest is history.
Inside Pitch: Do you have any idea of what the Mets organization or farm system is like?
Bruno: No, no. I haven't really been briefed on any of that. I'm sure it's amazing. I'm still pretty shocked by the whole thing.
Inside Pitch: What kind of a player are you?
Bruno: I'm a power player. I hit the ball as far as I can, but at the same time I'm quick. I'm not bulky or anything. I'm versatile.
Inside Pitch: Do you see yourself staying at the same position, or do you see yourself moving around?
Bruno: Hopefully I will. I've been playing first base for 15 years.
Inside Pitch: Have you played any other positions?
Bruno: My freshman year of high school I played a little bit in right field. And, when I was younger, I used to pitch a lot. I pitched a little bit in high school. But you know I ended up gravitating towards first base. But if they need me to play any other position, I can do it.
Inside Pitch: What are the strong area of your games?
Bruno: Power. I don't see why I can't stand out there with everyone else in the league. I think I'm definitely a lot quicker than the other cliché first basemen.
Inside Pitch: What do you need to improve on?
Bruno: At any level you can get faster. My defense can always get better. I don't think I have any major holes in my game.
Inside Pitch: Just so the Mets fans have an idea of what your game is like, can compare yourself to someone at the major league level?
Bruno: Well, I really like Grady Sizemore, but not everyone is going to be that fast. I've always wanted to be a threat in every form. But I would say Todd Helton. He's not slow, he's not too fast. Hits the ball. Great first baseman.
Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and player growing up?
Bruno: My favorite team is the Astros, just because we're a four hour drive away and my dad is always a big fan. My favorite player growing up was Ken Griffey Jr.
Inside Pitch: Now New York is known for its high intensity atmosphere? What do you think about the prospects of one day playing in New York?
Bruno: It's crazy. It's crazy. Always love the crazy fans, they really help with the atmosphere.
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?
Bruno: Right now, me and my dad are thinking about the whole process. If I don't go there, I'll go to Tulane. Anything can happen right now. I think it's a dream to just go out there and play it.
Q&A with Mets 15th Round Pick James Bruno
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