Q&A with Yanks 17th Round Pick Mathew Troupe

The Yankees selected Mathew Troupe in the 17th round out of Chaminade Prep High School in California. 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: What was going through your mind when you were selected by a team like the Yankees?

Mathew Troupe: The Yankees are an unreal organization. It is a dream come true. Almost my entire family are Yankees fans. You see them winning the World Series every year.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised when it was the Yankees that drafted you?

Troupe: Not really. There was a group of teams that I knew were interested in me and I thought that the Yankees were one of them.

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

Troupe: I've been given information that they treat their players like non-other. They really care about their players.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you currently throw?

Troupe: I have a four-seam and a two-seam. The four-seam right now is clocked around 94 but that is because I had a long break. Normally it's about 92 mph. My two-seam hits around 88 mph. I also throw a curveball which I can throw both ways; I can throw it as a slider spin and a 12-6. [curveball] that is about 78mph. I throw a circle change that can be about 80.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any strengths or weaknesses in your game?

Troupe: My strength is definitely the knowledge that I have because I used to catch. I have the ability to call a game and know when to throw which pitches where. My weakness is that I'm new to pitching so I still have a lot to learn mechanically.

PinstripesPlus.com: You said your family is all Yankee fans, but did you have a favorite team or player growing up?

Troupe: Well I live in [Los Angeles] so I'm a Dodgers fan and I'm a big [Mike] Piazza fan. I was a fan of Gagne when he was here too. I have also always respected Derek Jeter.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who, in the Major leagues, does your stuff compare to?

Troupe: I haven't really given that any thought. I really like Kyle Drabek and I'm probably most similar to him because we throw similar pitches but I really can't say.

PinstripesPlus.com: What do you think your best moment in baseball has been to this point?

Troupe: Aside from this? [laughs] In my freshman year I pitched a complete game at Dodgers Stadium. That was a great experience.

PinstripesPlus.com: Are you going to go straight to professional ball or maybe go to college?

Troupe: I'm not sure. I haven't discussed any money with anyone yet and pretty soon I'll be in negotiations with the Yankees so we'll just see how it goes.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think pitching under the pressure of New York will be a problem for you?

Troupe: No, Not at all. I'll be able to block all of that out. It's just me on the mound and the batter in the box when I'm pitching. I'll be fine.

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\r\nMathew Troupe: The Yankees are an unreal organization. It is a dream come true. Almost my entire family are Yankees fans. You see them winning the World Series every year.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised when it was the Yankees that drafted you?
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\r\nTroupe: Not really. There was a group of teams that I knew were interested in me and I thought that the Yankees were one of them.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees organization is like?
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\r\nTroupe: I've been given information that they treat their players like non-other. They really care about their players.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you currently throw?
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\r\nTroupe: I have a four-seam and a two-seam. The four-seam right now is clocked around 94 but that is because I had a long break. Normally it's about 92 mph. My two-seam hits around 88 mph. I also throw a curveball which I can throw both ways; I can throw it as a slider spin and a 12-6. [curveball] that is about 78mph. I throw a circle change that can be about 80.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any strengths or weaknesses in your game?
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\r\nTroupe: My strength is definitely the knowledge that I have because I used to catch. I have the ability to call a game and know when to throw which pitches where. My weakness is that I'm new to pitching so I still have a lot to learn mechanically.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You said your family is all Yankee fans, but did you have a favorite team or player growing up?
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\r\nTroupe: Well I live in [Los Angeles] so I'm a Dodgers fan and I'm a big [Mike] Piazza fan. I was a fan of Gagne when he was here too. I have also always respected Derek Jeter.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who, in the Major leagues, does your stuff compare to?
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\r\nTroupe: I haven't really given that any thought. I really like Kyle Drabek and I'm probably most similar to him because we throw similar pitches but I really can't say.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What do you think your best moment in baseball has been to this point?
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\r\nTroupe: Aside from this? [laughs] In my freshman year I pitched a complete game at Dodgers Stadium. That was a great experience.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Are you going to go straight to professional ball or maybe go to college?
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\r\nTroupe: I'm not sure. I haven't discussed any money with anyone yet and pretty soon I'll be in negotiations with the Yankees so we'll just see how it goes.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you think pitching under the pressure of New York will be a problem for you?
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\r\nTroupe: No, Not at all. I'll be able to block all of that out. It's just me on the mound and the batter in the box when I'm pitching. I'll be fine.
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