Q&A with Yankees 25th Round Pick Adam Smith

The Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Adam Smith in the 25th round out of Texas A&M University. 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: Can you tell me what's going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees?

Adam Smith: I was pretty excited about getting picked by the Yankees. You know, when everyone thinks about Major League baseball they immediately think about the New York Yankees and the history that they've had, and to be selected by a program like the Yankees is pretty exciting.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised when they Yankees selected you? Had you talked to them much prior to the draft?

Smith: I hadn't actually talked to them much at all before the draft, but they recognize my skills as a baseball player and they know sign ability and everything that goes along with the draft, and I think it was a great choice for them and me.

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

Smith: I know it's very hard moving up in an organization such as the Yankees with all the talent that they have. In the majors it doesn't allow the talent to always move up, but it also allows me to move to other teams and get traded and move up a little bit quicker so the other teams definitely take notice of teams such as the Yankees that have talent in the organization, just not at the Major League level.

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

Smith: I throw fastball, slider, changeup and I throw anywhere from 93 to 96.

PinstripesPlus.com: Could you give us a scouting report- what are your strengths and also some things you need to work on?

Smith: Well, they're actually looking at me for a position player and a pitcher. They want to see me play shortstop, third base and wherever else they want to see me, but they also want to see me pitch. I definitely think that my strengths are my arm strength. You know, I've hit 97 a couple times on the mound and I have a very strong arm on the infield, so I have some power. I know I need to work on my consistency at the plate. I believe that's going to come with my maturity at the next level and I'm just excited to get started.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who were your favorite team and player growing up?

Smith: I really don't know. I've watched so much baseball that I don't really have a favorite player. I don't think I ever have had one, but whenever I was little I really looked up to A-Rod and I really feel like our body types are similar, and we always played the same position growing up so he was kind of my idol growing up.

PinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned that they are looking at you as a position player also, which of those positions would you most like to play if you were not going to be pitching?

Smith: If I was not pitching I would want to play shortstop or third base or second base, anywhere in the infield. I've pretty much lived in the infield my entire life and I would really love to stay there.

PinstripesPlus.com: As far as pitching goes, who would you compare yourself to at the Major League level so Yankees' fans have an idea of what you're like on the mound and why?

Smith: Well, I had Tommy John's surgery last summer and I haven't pitched since my freshman summer so I honestly don't even know how I pitch anymore, but I know that I have a good arm and my dad was a great pitcher at A&M as well. I think that with my background and my arm, I can become a great pitcher.

PinstripesPlus.com: Then who would you compare yourself to as a position player and why?

Smith: Troy Tulowitzki, the shortstop for the Colorado Rockies. We have very similar body types and he has a very strong arm as well. He hits for average and power and I see myself developing as a player that's very similar to him.

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

Smith: Last year I was going through a little rough spot during the season and we had a kid get a concussion during the middle of a game. I came in late in the game I ended up getting two hits in the game, one of them being the game winner. The way everything fell into place after that, it was really just unbelievable. It turned my season around and I think it really helped turn our team's season around whenever I got it going, and it kind of helped other guys get going at the plate as well.

PinstripesPlus.com: If the Yankees feel that you will fit best pitching for them, do you feel that the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?

Smith: No, I've always loved getting out there on the mound. I see myself not as a starter, but a guy who's going to come in later. I've always had that mentality whenever I get up there on the mound that I'm going to do my thing and I know I'm prepared. I've just always had the mentality that I can go in there late in the game and really shut everything down.

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

Smith: Yeah, I wish everything would happen and everything would get going pretty quickly, but the way the draft worked this year, I'm not sure how it's going to happen. I figure they're going to come watch me a couple times this summer to watch me play a little bit more. I'll probably sign a little bit later in the summer.

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\r\nAdam Smith: I was pretty excited about getting picked by the Yankees. You know, when everyone thinks about Major League baseball they immediately think about the New York Yankees and the history that they've had, and to be selected by a program like the Yankees is pretty exciting.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised when they Yankees selected you? Had you talked to them much prior to the draft?
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\r\nSmith: I hadn't actually talked to them much at all before the draft, but they recognize my skills as a baseball player and they know sign ability and everything that goes along with the draft, and I think it was a great choice for them and me.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea of what the Yankees' organization or the farm system is like?
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\r\nSmith: I know it's very hard moving up in an organization such as the Yankees with all the talent that they have. In the majors it doesn't allow the talent to always move up, but it also allows me to move to other teams and get traded and move up a little bit quicker so the other teams definitely take notice of teams such as the Yankees that have talent in the organization, just not at the Major League level.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
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\r\nSmith: I throw fastball, slider, changeup and I throw anywhere from 93 to 96.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Could you give us a scouting report- what are your strengths and also some things you need to work on?
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\r\nSmith: Well, they're actually looking at me for a position player and a pitcher. They want to see me play shortstop, third base and wherever else they want to see me, but they also want to see me pitch. I definitely think that my strengths are my arm strength. You know, I've hit 97 a couple times on the mound and I have a very strong arm on the infield, so I have some power. I know I need to work on my consistency at the plate. I believe that's going to come with my maturity at the next level and I'm just excited to get started.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who were your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nSmith: I really don't know. I've watched so much baseball that I don't really have a favorite player. I don't think I ever have had one, but whenever I was little I really looked up to A-Rod and I really feel like our body types are similar, and we always played the same position growing up so he was kind of my idol growing up.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned that they are looking at you as a position player also, which of those positions would you most like to play if you were not going to be pitching?
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\r\nSmith: If I was not pitching I would want to play shortstop or third base or second base, anywhere in the infield. I've pretty much lived in the infield my entire life and I would really love to stay there.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: As far as pitching goes, who would you compare yourself to at the Major League level so Yankees' fans have an idea of what you're like on the mound and why?
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\r\nSmith: Well, I had Tommy John's surgery last summer and I haven't pitched since my freshman summer so I honestly don't even know how I pitch anymore, but I know that I have a good arm and my dad was a great pitcher at A&M as well. I think that with my background and my arm, I can become a great pitcher.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Then who would you compare yourself to as a position player and why?
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\r\nSmith: Troy Tulowitzki, the shortstop for the Colorado Rockies. We have very similar body types and he has a very strong arm as well. He hits for average and power and I see myself developing as a player that's very similar to him.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nSmith: Last year I was going through a little rough spot during the season and we had a kid get a concussion during the middle of a game. I came in late in the game I ended up getting two hits in the game, one of them being the game winner. The way everything fell into place after that, it was really just unbelievable. It turned my season around and I think it really helped turn our team's season around whenever I got it going, and it kind of helped other guys get going at the plate as well.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: If the Yankees feel that you will fit best pitching for them, do you feel that the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
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\r\nSmith: No, I've always loved getting out there on the mound. I see myself not as a starter, but a guy who's going to come in later. I've always had that mentality whenever I get up there on the mound that I'm going to do my thing and I know I'm prepared. I've just always had the mentality that I can go in there late in the game and really shut everything down.
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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\nSmith: Yeah, I wish everything would happen and everything would get going pretty quickly, but the way the draft worked this year, I'm not sure how it's going to happen. I figure they're going to come watch me a couple times this summer to watch me play a little bit more. I'll probably sign a little bit later in the summer.
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