Q&A with Yankees 22nd Round Pick Brett Marks

The Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Brett Marks in the 22nd round out of Wallace State Community College. He sat down with us for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Yankees, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, if he's looking to sign quickly, and a whole lot more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Have you been waiting around for you name to be called up?

Brett Marks: Yeah, I was expecting it. I guess I was watching it every now and then, checking it, but I didn't see my name pop up. My phone just started blowing up before I even saw it.

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

Marks: Yeah, it was a little shocking. Actually, I'm from Boston originally, so a team like the Yankees is an honor. And yeah, we talked. We actually talked the day of and I think they told me they were going to select me that day but I didn't know when or what part of the day.

PinstripesPlus.com: Back in April, you mentioned how confident you are that you will one day be in the majors? Where does that confidence come from?

Marks: I don't really know. I know I have what it takes and I just hope I can make it, ya know? I actually have more people tell me I won't make it, so that makes me think I will make it.

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

Marks: I really didn't get a chance to think about it. I just got phone calls every five seconds. I was in a different world; it was unreal. It's the greatest sports organization in the entire world and they selected me in the 22nd round. I was just on another planet. It was unreal.

PinstripesPlus.com: What's it like being selected so young?

Marks: Really, really awesome. I didn't really talk to many teams my senior year [of high school]. I talked to maybe one team because I knew the guy. I don't know. It has been a big year for me. I'm getting high on people's radar. I'm excited; I really was.

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

Marks: I don't know too much about their farm system. I have a bunch of friends playing minor league ball but no one with the Yankees.

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?

Marks: I throw a fastball anywhere from 88 to 92. I also do a changeup and a slider that I am still working on. My strength is definitely my location, my command. I've never thrown hard. This is the first year I've hit 90mph. I look for the ball where I want and do what I do to get hitters out. I need to work on my favorite pitch, my slider, a lot, so that I can put that where I want to.

PinstripesPlus.com: You had a 7-3 record, six saves and a 2.13 ERA in 16 appearances. What do you do to prepare for each game? Mentally and Physically.

Marks:: It was a long year. I had a lot of appearances but to prepare, I don't really know. I try to keep it light and try not to get too serious. I try not to work myself up too much. I just take it easy. I don't really do anything out of the ordinary. I'm joking around, screwing around [before the game] a little bit. I'm not sitting in the corner silently.

PinstripesPlus.com: You start and relieve in games and you've been described as even saving a few games for your team. What is it like saving the game?

Marks: Closing is awesome. I never really closed before this year and it is really cool. When you get to go in there, you're the last defense. It is just one inning, three outs. Sometimes I've come in and people are on base. It's just cool that you're the last guy that has to get three out when it's needed [the most]. When you go out there and you just shut it, it's awesome.

PinstripesPlus.com: Are you more comfortable starting or relieving? Why?

Marks: Either/ or, it doesn't really matter to me. I know in the future I am probably going to be a relief pitcher, but it doesn't really matter to me.

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

Marks: I was a Red Sox fan. As a kid, my favorite player was Nomar Garciaparra. He was easily the best player in Boston and I always wanted to be a shortstop just like him.

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?

Marks: My delivery is a lot similar to Justin Masterson [of Cleveland]. There is also Tim Hudson of the Braves on how he carries himself on the mound and how he pitches. I always pitch like that. But I am probably most similar to Masterson.

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

Marks: That's tough. Obviously the draft is but probably pitching in States when I was in High School. That is up there. And, oh, pitching my first game in college. It was exhilarating.

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

Marks: I have no idea yet; not a single clue. I'm still enjoying the draft and the fact that I got picked up.

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

Marks: I love the pressure. I have no problem with that. I think it would be fun. Being a Red Sox fan, I always wanted to pitch at Fenway and be in that kind of environment. Yankee stadium is the same thing and with the crazy fans, it would be awesome.

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\r\nBrett Marks: Yeah, I was expecting it. I guess I was watching it every now and then, checking it, but I didn't see my name pop up. My phone just started blowing up before I even saw it.
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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\nMarks: Yeah, it was a little shocking. Actually, I'm from Boston originally, so a team like the Yankees is an honor. And yeah, we talked. We actually talked the day of and I think they told me they were going to select me that day but I didn't know when or what part of the day.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Back in April, you mentioned how confident you are that you will one day be in the majors? Where does that confidence come from?
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\r\nMarks: I don't really know. I know I have what it takes and I just hope I can make it, ya know? I actually have more people tell me I won't make it, so that makes me think I will make it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.
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\r\nMarks: I really didn't get a chance to think about it. I just got phone calls every five seconds. I was in a different world; it was unreal. It's the greatest sports organization in the entire world and they selected me in the 22nd round. I was just on another planet. It was unreal.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What's it like being selected so young?
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\r\nMarks: Really, really awesome. I didn't really talk to many teams my senior year [of high school]. I talked to maybe one team because I knew the guy. I don't know. It has been a big year for me. I'm getting high on people's radar. I'm excited; I really was.
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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\nMarks: I don't know too much about their farm system. I have a bunch of friends playing minor league ball but no one with the Yankees.
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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\nMarks: I throw a fastball anywhere from 88 to 92. I also do a changeup and a slider that I am still working on. My strength is definitely my location, my command. I've never thrown hard. This is the first year I've hit 90mph. I look for the ball where I want and do what I do to get hitters out. I need to work on my favorite pitch, my slider, a lot, so that I can put that where I want to.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You had a 7-3 record, six saves and a 2.13 ERA in 16 appearances. What do you do to prepare for each game? Mentally and Physically.
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\r\nMarks:: It was a long year. I had a lot of appearances but to prepare, I don't really know. I try to keep it light and try not to get too serious. I try not to work myself up too much. I just take it easy. I don't really do anything out of the ordinary. I'm joking around, screwing around [before the game] a little bit. I'm not sitting in the corner silently.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You start and relieve in games and you've been described as even saving a few games for your team. What is it like saving the game?
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\r\nMarks: Closing is awesome. I never really closed before this year and it is really cool. When you get to go in there, you're the last defense. It is just one inning, three outs. Sometimes I've come in and people are on base. It's just cool that you're the last guy that has to get three out when it's needed [the most]. When you go out there and you just shut it, it's awesome.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Are you more comfortable starting or relieving? Why?
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\r\nMarks: Either/ or, it doesn't really matter to me. I know in the future I am probably going to be a relief pitcher, but it doesn't really matter to me.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nMarks: I was a Red Sox fan. As a kid, my favorite player was Nomar Garciaparra. He was easily the best player in Boston and I always wanted to be a shortstop just like him.
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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\nMarks: My delivery is a lot similar to Justin Masterson [of Cleveland]. There is also Tim Hudson of the Braves on how he carries himself on the mound and how he pitches. I always pitch like that. But I am probably most similar to Masterson.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nMarks: That's tough. Obviously the draft is but probably pitching in States when I was in High School. That is up there. And, oh, pitching my first game in college. It was exhilarating.
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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\nMarks: I have no idea yet; not a single clue. I'm still enjoying the draft and the fact that I got picked up.
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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\nMarks: I love the pressure. I have no problem with that. I think it would be fun. Being a Red Sox fan, I always wanted to pitch at Fenway and be in that kind of environment. Yankee stadium is the same thing and with the crazy fans, it would be awesome.
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