Q&A with Yanks 5th Round Pick David Palladino

We sat down with Yankees' 5th round pick, David Palladino, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Howard College says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, and much more.

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

David Palladino: I was getting phone call from other teams asking me if I would sign, and when the Yankees picked me it was amazing because I grew up watching the Yankees. My whole family and I went to games all the time. It was a crazy feeling being a part of the team you grew up watching.

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

Palladino: I was surprised where I got drafted. Out of high school I got picked in the 13th round and now two years later I got picked in the 5th round. I did have communication with the Yankees before the draft, they had seen my play a few times and were interested in me.

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

Palladino: Not really. I'm still getting all that information. I'm just excited to be picked up by 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?

Palladino: I throw four pitches: fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup. My fastball usually sits at around 92-93 and it's been up to 94-96. My curveball is 76-78, my slider is 82-84, and my changeup is 84-86. I'm able to get downhill really well, but I need to work on my offspeed pitches.

PinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned growing up a Yankee fan -- did you have a favorite player?

Palladino: Roger Clemens. I grew up watching him and I always wanted to be like him. Well, until he got caught for steroids, anyway.

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?

Palladino: No idea, no one has ever asked me that before so I've never really thought about it.

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

Palladino: Except for being drafted, obviously, I would say winning the state sectional championship in high school. It was the first sectional championship Emerson High School has ever won.

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

Palladino: All that is in the negotiation process. I should know in the next couple weeks or so.

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

Palladino: I don't think so. I grew up in this area and I love it here. It's where I'm comfortable.

PinstripesPlus.com: I know you're a big guy. Do you think your size gives you an advantage out there on the mound?

Palladino: Yes because I am able to get a good downhill angle. I'm also closer to the plate than most other guys because of my size.

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\r\nDavid Palladino: I was getting phone call from other teams asking me if I would sign, and when the Yankees picked me it was amazing because I grew up watching the Yankees. My whole family and I went to games all the time. It was a crazy feeling being a part of the team you grew up watching.
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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\nPalladino: I was surprised where I got drafted. Out of high school I got picked in the 13th round and now two years later I got picked in the 5th round. I did have communication with the Yankees before the draft, they had seen my play a few times and were interested in me.
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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\nPalladino: Not really. I'm still getting all that information. I'm just excited to be picked up by 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\nPalladino: I throw four pitches: fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup. My fastball usually sits at around 92-93 and it's been up to 94-96. My curveball is 76-78, my slider is 82-84, and my changeup is 84-86. I'm able to get downhill really well, but I need to work on my offspeed pitches.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned growing up a Yankee fan -- did you have a favorite player?
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\r\nPalladino: Roger Clemens. I grew up watching him and I always wanted to be like him. Well, until he got caught for steroids, anyway.
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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\nPalladino: No idea, no one has ever asked me that before so I've never really thought about it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nPalladino: Except for being drafted, obviously, I would say winning the state sectional championship in high school. It was the first sectional championship Emerson High School has ever won.
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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\nPalladino: All that is in the negotiation process. I should know in the next couple weeks or so.
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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\nPalladino: I don't think so. I grew up in this area and I love it here. It's where I'm comfortable.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: I know you're a big guy. Do you think your size gives you an advantage out there on the mound?
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\r\nPalladino: Yes because I am able to get a good downhill angle. I'm also closer to the plate than most other guys because of my size.
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