Q&A with 11th Round Pick Mark Montgomery

The Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Mark Montgomery in the 11th round out of Longwood College. 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.

Mark Montgomery: I'm extremely thrilled to be selected by such an organization with such good standards. Hopefully I can fulfill expectations and play to the best of my ability.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? Had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?

Montgomery: Yes, but I had talked to them and was in closest contact with them.
PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?

Montgomery: I understand that minor league baseball is a long process, but I feel as long as I work hard I'll get to where I want to be.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Montgomery: My fastball is at about 90-94 and my slider is probably around 84-86.

PinstripesPlus.com: Put yourself in the position of a scout, what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Montgomery: I'm going to need to work on adding something to change speeds obviously, and to keep throwing strikes. I have two pretty good pitches so if I can add something to mix speeds I'll be in pretty good shape.

PinstripesPlus.com: When you're pitching do you like to go right after guys?

Montgomery: Yes sir, 100 percent.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you consider is your strike out pitch?

Montgomery: My slider is definitely my strike out pitch.

PinstripesPlus.com: At what point did you realize that you could be playing baseball professionally?

Montgomery: Playing baseball has always been my dream since I was younger, and it's something I kept working at, so I've always believed I had a shot.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have any mentors growing up?

Montgomery: My father was a huge mentor and got me into playing baseball; he has always pushed me to get better.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite player growing up?

Montgomery: I've loved to watch Mariano [Rivera] pitch ever since I could remember.

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?

Montgomery: Well I'm not tall, so probably Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves, I don't know if I have his type of ability at this point, but that's who I'd compare myself too.

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

Montgomery: Definitely today, but I don't feel like this is what I should settle for. I've waited for this my whole life and I can't wait to get to work.

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

Montgomery: Yes sir, I am ready to pitch and want to pitch for this organization.

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

Montgomery: No sir.

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\r\nMark Montgomery: I'm extremely thrilled to be selected by such an organization with such good standards. Hopefully I can fulfill expectations and play to the best of my ability.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? Had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?
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\r\nMontgomery: Yes, but I had talked to them and was in closest contact with them.
\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?
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\r\nMontgomery: I understand that minor league baseball is a long process, but I feel as long as I work hard I'll get to where I want to be.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
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\r\nMontgomery: My fastball is at about 90-94 and my slider is probably around 84-86.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Put yourself in the position of a scout, what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?
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\r\nMontgomery: I'm going to need to work on adding something to change speeds obviously, and to keep throwing strikes. I have two pretty good pitches so if I can add something to mix speeds I'll be in pretty good shape.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: When you're pitching do you like to go right after guys?
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\r\nMontgomery: Yes sir, 100 percent.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you consider is your strike out pitch?
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\r\nMontgomery: My slider is definitely my strike out pitch.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: At what point did you realize that you could be playing baseball professionally?
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\r\nMontgomery: Playing baseball has always been my dream since I was younger, and it's something I kept working at, so I've always believed I had a shot.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have any mentors growing up?
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\r\nMontgomery: My father was a huge mentor and got me into playing baseball; he has always pushed me to get better.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite player growing up?
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\r\nMontgomery: I've loved to watch Mariano [Rivera] pitch ever since I could remember.
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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\nMontgomery: Well I'm not tall, so probably Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves, I don't know if I have his type of ability at this point, but that's who I'd compare myself too.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nMontgomery: Definitely today, but I don't feel like this is what I should settle for. I've waited for this my whole life and I can't wait to get to work.
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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\nMontgomery: Yes sir, I am ready to pitch and want to pitch for this organization.
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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\nMontgomery: No sir.
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