PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.
Jordan Montgomery: Basically just excited that they took me in the draft and wanted me to be a part of their organization.
PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? Had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?
Montgomery: Yeah, they have been one of the teams that have been interested in me all year. Even if I had a bad start, they always seemed to understand that, that it was just baseball and it was going to happen every now and then so they kind of stayed with me through the good and the bad and they seemed to be one of those teams that always liked me.
PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?
Montgomery: A little bit but I guess I'm going to learn here quickly. I'm going to go ahead and guess there is a lot of tradition and I have a lot of respect for them because they're such a good franchise.
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?
Montgomery: I throw: fastball, changeup, curveball, and cutter. I try and set up my changeup because that's probably my best pitch. I usually try and get batters in a hole and keep them guessing so I can go ahead and use my best pitch.
PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
Montgomery: Growing up, I guess I was a Braves fan. I watched all baseball though. I liked watching CC [Sabathia] pitch and really all the greats. I would always watch the Yankees and the Braves and really any kind of Major League baseball, I watched.
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?
Montgomery: Maybe an Alex Wood of the Braves or a Johan Santana, something like that. Just a lefty with decent velocity but I don't really pitch off that, I pitch off my offspeed stuff.
PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Montgomery: Either pitching at the College World Series against Arkansas my freshman year or my complete game shutout against North Carolina last year.
PinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
Montgomery: Yeah, hopefully. I head to Tampa tomorrow and I have a physical so after all that goes well, I should be signing.
PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
Montgomery: Pressure doesn't really affect me, I like pitching in big games, especially in front of a lot of people. I'm used to pitching at South Carolina where we had a sold out crowd every game and pitching in Omaha my freshman year with 25,000 people there. So lots of people don't really mess me up but it will definitely be really exciting my first outing there.
Q&A with NY 4th Round Pick Jordan Montgomery
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