Q&A with Yankees 31st Round Pick Aaron Bummer

The Yankees selected left-handed pitcher Aaron Bummer in the 31st round out of Sunrise Mountain High School in Arizona. 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's going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Aaron Bummer: My mind [was] just racing. It doesn't really matter whether I sign or not, just the feeling of getting drafted by the Yankees is like everyone's dream. I never really grew up liking the Yankees, but it just feels crazy knowing that I got drafted by the Yankees with all their history and stuff like that. It's great that I might get to be a part of it.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised it was the Yankees who selected you? Had you been in contact with them at all?

Bummer: I had a pre-draft workout with them and I felt like they were the most interested, so I felt like if I was going to get drafted it would be by them.

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

Bummer: Not really, to be honest. I haven't really looked much into it.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell me a little bit about yourself as a pitcher; is there anything special you like to do out there? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Bummer: I just go out there and do my thing. I like to throw my fastball and then work with my other stuff. My fastball has been up to about 92-93 and I throw a slider that's probably around 78 miles per hour. My slider is definitely my strike out pitch.

PinstripesPlus.com: What do you feel you need to improve on most going forward? Give me a little scouting report on yourself.

Bummer: I think I definitely need to improve on the mental side of it. I think I really need to become more of like a bulldog. I need to know that I'm not always going to get everyone out, and learn to not let the other team know that it ticks me off or gets me angry, and just keep my composure out there in tough situations.

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

Bummer: Not really. I didn't have a favorite team or a favorite player, I just kind of went with it.

PinstripesPlus.com: If you had to compare yourself to a Major League player, who would it be?

Bummer: I have absolutely no idea, I can't even really think of one.

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

Bummer: Aside from [Wednesday] and getting drafted, it as probably when I closed out the semifinal game going into states. I struck out the last two hitters of the game with a runner on third, that was probably the coolest moment and then obviously [getting drafted].

PinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away? How does your commitment to Nebraska affect your thoughts of signing?

Bummer: I think if the right amount of money presents itself I feel like it's an option, but I'm perfectly content with going to Nebraska if the pro thing doesn't really work out.

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

Bummer: I've always liked pitching under pressure, but I feel like it's nothing compared to what I've ever dreamed of, so I don't know. I haven't really thought about it. It'd be really cool because when you do good in New York everyone loves you. It just depends how you look at it, and whether you're going to do good or you're going to do bad.

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\r\nAaron Bummer: My mind [was] just racing. It doesn't really matter whether I sign or not, just the feeling of getting drafted by the Yankees is like everyone's dream. I never really grew up liking the Yankees, but it just feels crazy knowing that I got drafted by the Yankees with all their history and stuff like that. It's great that I might get to be a part of it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised it was the Yankees who selected you? Had you been in contact with them at all?
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\r\nBummer: I had a pre-draft workout with them and I felt like they were the most interested, so I felt like if I was going to get drafted it would be by them.
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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\nBummer: Not really, to be honest. I haven't really looked much into it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Tell me a little bit about yourself as a pitcher; is there anything special you like to do out there? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
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\r\nBummer: I just go out there and do my thing. I like to throw my fastball and then work with my other stuff. My fastball has been up to about 92-93 and I throw a slider that's probably around 78 miles per hour. My slider is definitely my strike out pitch.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What do you feel you need to improve on most going forward? Give me a little scouting report on yourself.
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\r\nBummer: I think I definitely need to improve on the mental side of it. I think I really need to become more of like a bulldog. I need to know that I'm not always going to get everyone out, and learn to not let the other team know that it ticks me off or gets me angry, and just keep my composure out there in tough situations.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?
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\r\nBummer: Not really. I didn't have a favorite team or a favorite player, I just kind of went with it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: If you had to compare yourself to a Major League player, who would it be?
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\r\nBummer: I have absolutely no idea, I can't even really think of one.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nBummer: Aside from [Wednesday] and getting drafted, it as probably when I closed out the semifinal game going into states. I struck out the last two hitters of the game with a runner on third, that was probably the coolest moment and then obviously [getting drafted].
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away? How does your commitment to Nebraska affect your thoughts of signing?
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\r\nBummer: I think if the right amount of money presents itself I feel like it's an option, but I'm perfectly content with going to Nebraska if the pro thing doesn't really work out.
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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\nBummer: I've always liked pitching under pressure, but I feel like it's nothing compared to what I've ever dreamed of, so I don't know. I haven't really thought about it. It'd be really cool because when you do good in New York everyone loves you. It just depends how you look at it, and whether you're going to do good or you're going to do bad.
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