Q&A with Yankees 14th Round Pick Caleb Smith

We sat down with Yankees' 14th round pick, Caleb Smith, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Sam Houston State University 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.

Caleb Smith: It is an honor to be drafted in the first place but especially by the Yankees. I am just really excited to have the opportunity and get a chance to go out and play, I really can't wait.

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

Smith: I was really surprised. I didn't hear anything from the Yankees and I was expecting to hear something from the different teams I had been talking to. They had been talking to my adviser, so it surprised me that the Yankees selected me.

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

Smith: No, not at all. I do not know what to expect but that is exciting to me.

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?

Smith: I throw my fastball and I can get that up to 90 to 95 mph on occasions. My changeup is probably 82 to 83 mph; my slider is probably in the low 80s. I definitely need to work on my command the most. If I get my command down then I will be set.

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

Smith: Growing up my favorite team was always the Philadelphia Phillies. I didn't really have a favorite player.

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?

Smith: I have always compared myself to Cole Hamels. We are very similar and have the same changeup and everything.

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

Smith: My best moment in baseball would definitely be getting drafted by the New York Yankees.

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

Smith: Yes, I am looking forward to signing quickly and I am very excited.

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

Smith: No, I don't think there is going to be that much pressure. Typically, I do better under pressure so the more pressure the better.

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\r\nCaleb Smith: It is an honor to be drafted in the first place but especially by the Yankees. I am just really excited to have the opportunity and get a chance to go out and play, I really can't wait.
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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\nSmith: I was really surprised. I didn't hear anything from the Yankees and I was expecting to hear something from the different teams I had been talking to. They had been talking to my adviser, so it surprised me that the Yankees selected 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\nSmith: No, not at all. I do not know what to expect but that is exciting to me.
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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\nSmith: I throw my fastball and I can get that up to 90 to 95 mph on occasions. My changeup is probably 82 to 83 mph; my slider is probably in the low 80s. I definitely need to work on my command the most. If I get my command down then I will be set.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nSmith: Growing up my favorite team was always the Philadelphia Phillies. I didn't really have a favorite player.
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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\nSmith: I have always compared myself to Cole Hamels. We are very similar and have the same changeup and everything.
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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: My best moment in baseball would definitely be getting drafted by the New York Yankees.
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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: Yes, I am looking forward to signing quickly and I am very excited.
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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\nSmith: No, I don't think there is going to be that much pressure. Typically, I do better under pressure so the more pressure the better.
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