Jordan Cote: I guess I am one of the more lucky ones because I have had a time to sit back and think about it. It has been pretty overwhelming all morning and afternoon. I was getting text messages from people I have never even talked to before. So it has been pretty exciting and overwhelming but at the end of the day I have pretty much achieved what I have always wanted - I am a Yankee. It is pretty cool being from New Hampshire and being a Yankee fan, and then to be picked by the Yankees.
PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised that the Yankees selected you or have you and the team talked previously before the draft?
Cote: We talked actually quite a bit. My pitching coach is an associate scout for the Yankees, so I knew they had a lot of interest in me. They were probably the most interested team in me and I am just glad that it got done.
PinstripesPlus.com: What kind of an idea do you have about the Yankees organization and their farm system?
Cote: Not a whole lot to be honest with you. I went down to see them during Spring Training when I was with my team and saw the Gulf Coast League play and stuff like that.
PinstripesPlus.com: Can you give us a scouting report on yourself? What type of pitches do you throw and what speeds are you reaching?
Cote: I throw a four-seam and a two-seam, a changeup, a curveball and a slider. My go-to-pitch is obviously my fastball like most people. My out-pitch is usually my slider, and my changeup is a work in progress. Pretty much all year my fastball was at 90-94 mph with a few 89 mph mixed in there, but usually in the low 90's.
PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and weaknesses that you could evaluate of yourself and things that you would need to work on to help yourself get better?
Cote: Definitely my offspeed stuff. That is definitely something I could work on in the future. I think that with another go-to-pitch, I could become much more dominant. My strengths are my control and my ability to work the outside part of the plate. I am able to spot-up pretty well.
PinstripesPlus.com: You said you're a Yankee fan - did you have a favorite player that you idolized growing up?
PinstripesPlus.com: If you had to compare yourself to someone in the Major Leagues so Yankees' fans could get a better idea of who you are like, who would it be?
Cote: I am not too sure. I have heard a couple comparisons where I was sort of like A.J. Burnett, but I have heard a lot of guys say that based on my attributes I am similar to Chris Carpenter. I can't complain, its better to be compared to those guys than others I guess.
PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say has been your best moment in baseball so far?
Cote: Today would be that moment. Before today it would be when I threw a no-hitter in the state championship game last year against the number one team that was undefeated. But this is probably the best moment in my baseball career so far.
PinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away, or are you looking to play college baseball?
Cote: It's still up in the air right now. I see the positives in both situations. It really just depends on the situation. I will just have to think about it and come to a decision soon and then I will see where it goes from there.
PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York could pose as a problem to you in the future, or do you think you could handle the bright lights of Yankee Stadium?
Cote: I think I could handle it. Pressure is something that could be bad, but I have had to deal with it in the past, obviously not to that scale, but I feel like it is something that you gradually get used to. I just cannot wait to do it.