InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?
Chase Greene: I am pretty happy. Not everything went how I planned but pretty happy that the Mets got me. They have always been one of my favorite teams and they have been on me for the longest time since my junior year in high school. So for out of all of the teams that could have got me, I am glad it was the Mets.
Inside Pitch: What about the draft surprised you?
Greene: I am a little bit surprised that I was projected between the third and fifth round and then that I went so late. Just because they said the economy is so bad that the money is not up in the earlier rounds and stuff like that. But really I am just really happy. Happy to get started.
Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?
Greene: Yeah, I actually went up to one of their pro workouts after my junior year in high school and then I just got back a few weeks ago from their pre draft workouts in St. Lucie, and I actually trained at Julio Franco baseball academy in Boca Raton. I met him and I know he is one of the rookie ball coaches so I know him pretty well, and right now I just look to getting into rookie ball and get everything done and start playing. I am excited.
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?
Greene: Speed for sure. The combination of speed and the bat. I ran the fastest 60 in the whole draft this year and they said the bat is pretty good also. I must keep hitting, you got to be able to hit so I have to really work on my hitting and my defense in centerfield because I really haven't had much chance to work on it.
Inside Pitch: You played second base during your high school career, do you see yourself staying at that position? Have the Mets given you an idea of what role they may assign you?
Greene: I played second base and the infield this whole year, but they want to move me out to center because of my speed, so we will see what happens.
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?
Greene: They say I look like Shane Victorino.
Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?
Greene: Favorite team was the Baltimore Orioles and my favorite player was Jose Reyes.
Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball so far?
Greene: Probably today.
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.
Greene: I cant wait, that's what the whole dream is. It is not just about the draft, really for me it is not about the round or the money, it is all about getting in with a team that I know is a good fit where I know I can move up quick. They are a team where everyone in the organization loves me and I like them, and it already feels like a family. That is what the dream is. The dream is about making it to the major leagues and playing in Citi Field, not just the draft. The draft is one day, being in the major leagues is years I will always remember.
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?
Greene: Right now I know they got me in the 16th but there is talk about pretty good money, like top-5 round money so if everything works out and I keep on talking with the guys within the next week I am pretty confident I will sign a major league contract with the Mets.
Q&A with Mets 16th Rd Pick Chase Greene
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