Q&A with Yanks 16th Round Pick Branden Pinder

The Yankees selected Branden Pinder in the 16th round out of Cal State-Long Beach. 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 me what's going through your mind after being selected by the New York Yankees.

Branden Pinder: I'm shocked. I was pretty shocked and surprised.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have any contact with the Yankees before the draft?

Pinder: No not really with the Yankees. They had called me before I was picked and asked about my signability and if I wanted to play and that was really it. I had some contact with other teams prior to the draft but none with the Yankees until [draft day].

PinstripesPlus.com: Can you give the readers a scouting report, what pitches you throw and what speeds you're at with your pitches?

Pinder: I throw a fastball, curveball, slider, changeup and a 2-seam fastball. The fastball is at 90-94, slider is 80-84, curveball is 76-78 and the change is about 80-84.

PinstripesPlus.com: What pitch do you consider your most effective?

Pinder: My slider.

PinstripesPlus.com: Is it a pretty traditional slider?

Pinder: Yeah it's pretty straightforward, late break on it. It's usually my out pitch and gives me a good 6-inch break.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are some of the strengths you see yourself bringing to the organization?

Pinder: I come out of the back end of the bullpen, so I see my relieving as a strength. I like to use my fastball a lot and let it go, then get them out with my slider.

PinstripesPlus.com: What do you feel like you need to work on?

Pinder: Probably my changeup. That's my hardest pitch to throw right now so I need to work on that.

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

Pinder: My favorite teams have been the Angels and the Giants and my favorite player was J.T. Snow when he was with them.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have anyone you've been compared to at the Major League level so readers can get an idea of you?

Pinder: My coach always tells me I look like Aaron Heilman and tells me to watch tape of Aaron Heilman. I've always watched his delivery.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have a highlight in your career you could think of?

Pinder: Well, the highlight of my career is right now!

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

Pinder: Yes, definitely.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see the pressures of pitching in New York as being daunting?

Pinder: No, I'm one of those guys that thrives off of pressure so that doesn't bother me at all.

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\r\nBranden Pinder: I'm shocked. I was pretty shocked and surprised.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have any contact with the Yankees before the draft?
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\r\nPinder: No not really with the Yankees. They had called me before I was picked and asked about my signability and if I wanted to play and that was really it. I had some contact with other teams prior to the draft but none with the Yankees until [draft day].
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Can you give the readers a scouting report, what pitches you throw and what speeds you're at with your pitches?
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\r\nPinder: I throw a fastball, curveball, slider, changeup and a 2-seam fastball. The fastball is at 90-94, slider is 80-84, curveball is 76-78 and the change is about 80-84.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What pitch do you consider your most effective?
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\r\nPinder: My slider.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Is it a pretty traditional slider?
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\r\nPinder: Yeah it's pretty straightforward, late break on it. It's usually my out pitch and gives me a good 6-inch break.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are some of the strengths you see yourself bringing to the organization?
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\r\nPinder: I come out of the back end of the bullpen, so I see my relieving as a strength. I like to use my fastball a lot and let it go, then get them out with my slider.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What do you feel like you need to work on?
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\r\nPinder: Probably my changeup. That's my hardest pitch to throw right now so I need to work on that.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?
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\r\nPinder: My favorite teams have been the Angels and the Giants and my favorite player was J.T. Snow when he was with them.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you have anyone you've been compared to at the Major League level so readers can get an idea of you?
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\r\nPinder: My coach always tells me I look like Aaron Heilman and tells me to watch tape of Aaron Heilman. I've always watched his delivery.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you have a highlight in your career you could think of?
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\r\nPinder: Well, the highlight of my career is right now!
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your career started right away?
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\r\nPinder: Yes, definitely.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you see the pressures of pitching in New York as being daunting?
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\r\nPinder: No, I'm one of those guys that thrives off of pressure so that doesn't bother me at all.
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