Q&A with Yankees 21st Round Pick Jimmy Reed

The Yankees selected left-handed pitcher Jimmy Reed in the 21st round out of the University of Maryland. 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: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Jimmy Reed: As it is with anybody, it's just a tremendous honor to be drafted in the first place, but considering it was the Yankees, it was a great organization, great history, great past, and whenever you get drafted by the Yankees it's really a great honor.

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

Reed: No, I had been talking to one of the area scouts that had come to watch me pitch a few times this year, and I had talked to them on day two of the draft a little bit too so I wasn't too surprised, no.

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

Reed: Not too much --- whatever it is I know that it's a lot of work and I'm just really proud to be affiliated with that.

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?

Reed: I throw a fastball, a changeup, a curveball and a cutter. My fastball's normally upper 80's low-90's. My changeup normally is in the 80 mph range, same with the cutter, and my curveball is probable mid 70's. I rely more on my attitude when pitching more than physicality. I feel like a have the necessary tools to get hitters out but I think that my mental ability, my pitch-ability is what makes me successful.

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

Reed: Yeah, I'm a really big Braves fan. Chipper Jones, third Basemen for the Braves.

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?

Reed: That's a tough one. Today a lot of people say that I pitch like Tom Glavine and Jamie Moyer. I throw harder than them but a lot of people compare me to them two guys.

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

Reed: I think just playing on the ACC team in Maryland. We play all the best teams in the country and all the best conferences in the country. Just that whole experience is was definitely my best baseball experience as a whole.

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

Reed: I think that I'm going to take my time with it, set it up as a summer follow kind of deal. The Yankees are going to watch me through the summer. I'm going to the Cape Code League pretty soon, and they're going to watch me throughout that and we're going to see what happens and then we'll talk a little bit later on in the summer about what to do.

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

Reed: No I don't think so. I come from a big conference where there's always all the hype about playing in big atmospheres and I've gotten used to that over my past three years of college so I don't think that'll be an issue for me.

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\r\nJimmy Reed: As it is with anybody, it's just a tremendous honor to be drafted in the first place, but considering it was the Yankees, it was a great organization, great history, great past, and whenever you get drafted by the Yankees it's really a great honor.
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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\nReed: No, I had been talking to one of the area scouts that had come to watch me pitch a few times this year, and I had talked to them on day two of the draft a little bit too so I wasn't too surprised, no.
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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\nReed: Not too much --- whatever it is I know that it's a lot of work and I'm just really proud to be affiliated with that.
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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\nReed: I throw a fastball, a changeup, a curveball and a cutter. My fastball's normally upper 80's low-90's. My changeup normally is in the 80 mph range, same with the cutter, and my curveball is probable mid 70's. I rely more on my attitude when pitching more than physicality. I feel like a have the necessary tools to get hitters out but I think that my mental ability, my pitch-ability is what makes me successful.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nReed: Yeah, I'm a really big Braves fan. Chipper Jones, third Basemen for the Braves.
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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\nReed: That's a tough one. Today a lot of people say that I pitch like Tom Glavine and Jamie Moyer. I throw harder than them but a lot of people compare me to them two guys.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nReed: I think just playing on the ACC team in Maryland. We play all the best teams in the country and all the best conferences in the country. Just that whole experience is was definitely my best baseball experience as a whole.
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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\nReed: I think that I'm going to take my time with it, set it up as a summer follow kind of deal. The Yankees are going to watch me through the summer. I'm going to the Cape Code League pretty soon, and they're going to watch me throughout that and we're going to see what happens and then we'll talk a little bit later on in the summer about what to do.
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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\nReed: No I don't think so. I come from a big conference where there's always all the hype about playing in big atmospheres and I've gotten used to that over my past three years of college so I don't think that'll be an issue for me.
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