Q&A with Yanks 8th Round Pick Phil Wetherell

The Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Phil Wetherell in the 8th round out of Western Kentucky Unviersity. He sat down with us for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Yankees, which big league player he most resembles, if he's looking to sign quickly, and a whole lot more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Phil Wetherell: I was just excited, ecstatic. I mean I was really hoping they would pick me up. I was down in Tampa on Saturday throwing for them, and they seemed really excited to see me throw and that they wanted a guy like me, so it felt really good.

PinstripesPlus.com: So, the Yankees had a lot of interest in you prior to the draft?

Wetherell: Yes, it started with the area scout, who I talked to a lot and who helped me get through the workout. Guys like [Damon] Oppenheimer and [Mark] Newman talked to me a lot, and various scouts and crosscheckers from the Yankees talked to me as well.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?

Wetherell: They hadn't said much about that. The only thing they really told me is that I would end up in extended camp and then end up in Instructs.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Wetherell: Well, I'm a big kid, 6'5", 220, I have a power arm with a fastball that gets up to 94-95, a two-seamer at 92-93, a split finger, which is probably my best offspeed pitch, and a slider and a changup. For strengths, I'm always around the zone, I'm willing to work hard, take things head-on, and learn quick. For weaknesses, I'd say I really need a secondary offspead pitch. My changeup is coming around but needs to get better, and I need a good breaking pitch.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Wetherell: I never really keyed in on a single team, but I always idolized Nolan Ryan.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Yankees' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Wetherell: You know, off the top of my head I really can't say, no one's really ever compared me to anyone at that level, so I really can't think of anyone.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Wetherell: Well, I pitched a perfect [game] in the regional championship for little league, which led us to the State Tournament, where we won and went to the World Series.

PinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Wetherell: Yes, I'm looking to sign quickly and get my career started. I'm ready.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?

Wetherell: No, I'm a very laid back guy, pressure has never been something that bothers me.

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\r\nPhil Wetherell: I was just excited, ecstatic. I mean I was really hoping they would pick me up. I was down in Tampa on Saturday throwing for them, and they seemed really excited to see me throw and that they wanted a guy like me, so it felt really good.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: So, the Yankees had a lot of interest in you prior to the draft?
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\r\nWetherell: Yes, it started with the area scout, who I talked to a lot and who helped me get through the workout. Guys like [Damon] Oppenheimer and [Mark] Newman talked to me a lot, and various scouts and crosscheckers from the Yankees talked to me as well.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?
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\r\nWetherell: They hadn't said much about that. The only thing they really told me is that I would end up in extended camp and then end up in Instructs.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?
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\r\nWetherell: Well, I'm a big kid, 6'5\", 220, I have a power arm with a fastball that gets up to 94-95, a two-seamer at 92-93, a split finger, which is probably my best offspeed pitch, and a slider and a changup. For strengths, I'm always around the zone, I'm willing to work hard, take things head-on, and learn quick. For weaknesses, I'd say I really need a secondary offspead pitch. My changeup is coming around but needs to get better, and I need a good breaking pitch.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nWetherell: I never really keyed in on a single team, but I always idolized Nolan Ryan.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Yankees' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?
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\r\nWetherell: You know, off the top of my head I really can't say, no one's really ever compared me to anyone at that level, so I really can't think of anyone.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nWetherell: Well, I pitched a perfect [game] in the regional championship for little league, which led us to the State Tournament, where we won and went to the World Series.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
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\r\nWetherell: Yes, I'm looking to sign quickly and get my career started. I'm ready.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
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\r\nWetherell: No, I'm a very laid back guy, pressure has never been something that bothers me.
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