Q&A with Mets 8th Round Pick Taylor Freeman

The Mets selected the McNeese State catcher in the 8th round and 254th overall. Freeman, who goes by Taylor (listed as John on the draft boards), talked about his play behind the plate, what kind of hitter he is, his energy in preparing for the season and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?

Taylor Freeman: I was just really excited as you would expect. I've been sitting by the phone and my computer all day and just waiting to hear where I would go. When I found out I was going to the Mets I was really excited. They have a great organization and history and I look forward to the opportunity to play in the system.

Inside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? Did you and the Mets have any discussions leading up to the draft?

Freeman: I've talked to a lot of teams but the Mets were one that seemed very interested in me. I've spoke with representatives from the Mets several times and I was excited when I found out that they drafted me. I wasn't set on any team, I just love to play and want the opportunity to prove myself.

Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?

Freeman: I'm a little familiar with [the Mets] farm system. I know most of their teams are around the east cost and that spring training is in Florida. I expect to probably play in short season or wherever the put me and hope to just play the best I can wherever I end up.

Inside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you may have gone in the draft? Did you have any range of rounds you anticipated being selected or did you just prepare to be drafted at any time?

Freeman: I was told that would likely go between rounds three and eight and eight is where I went so I can't be disappointed. There's a lot of good guys out there so to go in the top ten rounds is definitely a big deal. I can't complain.

Inside Pitch: Getting to your game, what areas do you think are the strongest? What areas will you focus on improving once your professional career begins?

Freeman: I consider myself a left handed power hitter. I like to work the gaps and pull the ball. I'm not the fastest guy but I would consider myself to be a doubles guy. As far as a catcher goes, I have a strong arm and feel that I am a good game caller.

Inside Pitch: You were a catcher at McNeese State. Where do you see yourself staying? Have the Mets given you an idea of what role they may assign you?

Freeman: I love being a catcher and that is definitely where I would like to stay and hopefully play at the major league level. I did pitch and played some shortstop in high school so I can be a corner option for a team if they need me. I'm just excited about playing and want to prove myself however I can.

Inside Pitch: To give our readers a little bit of an idea of what you look like out on the field, what big leaguer would you compare yourself to?

Freeman: That's a tough one. I'm not sure who I would compare myself to, but I can sy that I play hard and with a lot of emotion. I'm one of those guys that gets into the game and is focused when I'm playing. I guess you would say that I'm hard nosed in the good sense.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?

Freeman: I would have to say the Mets now, but I never really had a favorite team. As far as players go, I always liked Pudge [Rodriguez], but there's a lot of guys that I look up to and those are big expectations thinking about their success.

Inside Pitch: As I'm sure you know, New York is known for its high intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of one day playing in New York?

Freeman: I actually got the chance to visit New York about a week ago to meet with the Yankees. I got to see all the sites and it was really impressive. It is really is the greatest city in the country. I'm aware of the expectations and pressure that can come from playing there but I think that I can handle it. I'm an intense player on the field and hopefully that will show to the Mets and their fans.

Inside Pitch: 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?

Freeman: I definitely plan on signing and pursuing my career in baseball. I'm excited about playing in short season or wherever I end up. I just love the game and love playing and hope to get started and prove myself to the organization.


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\r\nTaylor Freeman: I was just really excited as you would expect. I've been sitting by the phone and my computer all day and just waiting to hear where I would go. When I found out I was going to the Mets I was really excited. They have a great organization and history and I look forward to the opportunity to play in the system.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? Did you and the Mets have any discussions leading up to the draft?
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\r\nFreeman: I've talked to a lot of teams but the Mets were one that seemed very interested in me. I've spoke with representatives from the Mets several times and I was excited when I found out that they drafted me. I wasn't set on any team, I just love to play and want the opportunity to prove myself.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?
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\r\nFreeman: I'm a little familiar with [the Mets] farm system. I know most of their teams are around the east cost and that spring training is in Florida. I expect to probably play in short season or wherever the put me and hope to just play the best I can wherever I end up.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you may have gone in the draft? Did you have any range of rounds you anticipated being selected or did you just prepare to be drafted at any time?
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\r\nFreeman: I was told that would likely go between rounds three and eight and eight is where I went so I can't be disappointed. There's a lot of good guys out there so to go in the top ten rounds is definitely a big deal. I can't complain.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Getting to your game, what areas do you think are the strongest? What areas will you focus on improving once your professional career begins?
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\r\nFreeman: I consider myself a left handed power hitter. I like to work the gaps and pull the ball. I'm not the fastest guy but I would consider myself to be a doubles guy. As far as a catcher goes, I have a strong arm and feel that I am a good game caller.
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\r\nInside Pitch: You were a catcher at McNeese State. Where do you see yourself staying? Have the Mets given you an idea of what role they may assign you?
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\r\n\r\nFreeman: I love being a catcher and that is definitely where I would like to stay and hopefully play at the major league level. I did pitch and played some shortstop in high school so I can be a corner option for a team if they need me. I'm just excited about playing and want to prove myself however I can.
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\r\nInside Pitch: To give our readers a little bit of an idea of what you look like out on the field, what big leaguer would you compare yourself to?
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\r\nFreeman: That's a tough one. I'm not sure who I would compare myself to, but I can sy that I play hard and with a lot of emotion. I'm one of those guys that gets into the game and is focused when I'm playing. I guess you would say that I'm hard nosed in the good sense.
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\r\nInside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?
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\r\nFreeman: I would have to say the Mets now, but I never really had a favorite team. As far as players go, I always liked Pudge [Rodriguez], but there's a lot of guys that I look up to and those are big expectations thinking about their success.
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\r\nInside Pitch: As I'm sure you know, New York is known for its high intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of one day playing in New York?
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\r\nFreeman: I actually got the chance to visit New York about a week ago to meet with the Yankees. I got to see all the sites and it was really impressive. It is really is the greatest city in the country. I'm aware of the expectations and pressure that can come from playing there but I think that I can handle it. I'm an intense player on the field and hopefully that will show to the Mets and their fans.
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\r\nInside Pitch: 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?
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\r\nFreeman: I definitely plan on signing and pursuing my career in baseball. I'm excited about playing in short season or wherever I end up. I just love the game and love playing and hope to get started and prove myself to the organization.
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