Q&A with Yankees 32nd Round Pick Garrett Nuss

With a successful high school pitching resume and holding four pitches in his arsenal, the Yankees selected right-handed pitcher, Garrett Nuss, in the 32nd round of Wednesday's MLB Draft. We sat down with the 19-year old to talk about how his favorite baseball moment, his arsenal of pitches, and how it felt to be a Boston Redsox fan getting drafted by his arch-enemy.

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

Garrett Nuss: It's definitely a great feeling to be drafted by New York. They are probably one of the best franchises in the history of baseball. It's kind of weird because I am a big Boston Red Sox fan, [laughs].

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

Nuss: No, not at all.

PinstripesPlus.com: So it was very random when you heard the Yankees had selected you?

Nuss: Yes.

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

Nuss: Not really. All the other workouts I had were with other big league teams so to be honest I don't really know too much about the farm system.

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?

Nuss: I throw a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. If I had to pick something that I would like to improve on is locating my pitches better to become a stronger overall pitcher.

PinstripesPlus.com: You said you were a Red Sox fan growing up - do you have a favorite player?

Nuss: My favorite team is the Boston Redsox and my favorite play was Roger Clemens. My favorite player right now is Josh Beckett.

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?

Nuss: I would go with Josh Beckett. We have the same coolness on the mound and same type of pitches. He attacks hitters and that's basically what I love to do when I pitch.

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

Nuss: Probably going to Cooperstown with a team I used to play with when I was younger. We made it the final eight one year and it was a lot of fun and a crazy experience.

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

Nuss: I'm not really sure what I'm going to do yet. The Yankees are going to follow me over the summer so I will probably have a better answer in August.

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

Nuss: No, not at all.

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\r\nGarrett Nuss: It's definitely a great feeling to be drafted by New York. They are probably one of the best franchises in the history of baseball. It's kind of weird because I am a big Boston Red Sox fan, [laughs].
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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\nNuss: No, not at all.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: So it was very random when you heard the Yankees had selected you?
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\r\nNuss: Yes.
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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\nNuss: Not really. All the other workouts I had were with other big league teams so to be honest I don't really know too much about the farm system.
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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\nNuss: I throw a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. If I had to pick something that I would like to improve on is locating my pitches better to become a stronger overall pitcher.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You said you were a Red Sox fan growing up - do you have a favorite player?
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\r\nNuss: My favorite team is the Boston Redsox and my favorite play was Roger Clemens. My favorite player right now is Josh Beckett.
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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\nNuss: I would go with Josh Beckett. We have the same coolness on the mound and same type of pitches. He attacks hitters and that's basically what I love to do when I pitch.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nNuss: Probably going to Cooperstown with a team I used to play with when I was younger. We made it the final eight one year and it was a lot of fun and a crazy experience.
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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\nNuss: I'm not really sure what I'm going to do yet. The Yankees are going to follow me over the summer so I will probably have a better answer in August.
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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\nNuss: No, not at all.
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