Q&A with Yankees 3rd Round Pick Drew Finley

We sat down with Yankees' 3rd round pick, Drew Finley, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Rancho Bernardo High School in California 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’s going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Drew Finley: It’s honestly just settling in right now. It’s such an exciting feeling, especially knowing the Yankees are probably the best organization in baseball or sports in general, really. I’m just really excited to share this with my family and friends.

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

Finley: They’ve actually been one of the biggest teams on me for a while. Like I said it was very exciting to get the call from them but it didn’t come out of nowhere by any means. They offered me way more than what I was asking for.

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

Finley: Yeah, I’m pretty familiar with it. [The Yankees] came out to California and basically told me everything I needed to know.

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?

Finley: I have a fastball that sits between 90-93, a curveball around 76-79, and a changeup that sits around 82.

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

Finley: Living in San Diego I always pulled for the Padres. But my dad was the Director of Player Personnel for the Red Sox, so I always rooted for them, too. I was always a big fan of the AL East Division, so whichever team was the last one in that division come October, I would root for them. As for my favorite player, it would be Roger Maris. I obviously never saw him play, but my favorite movie growing up was 61, which was all about his chase to break Babe Ruth’s record. I always strive to carry myself the way he carried myself and handle pressure like he did. He was awesome.

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?

Finley: I’d like to say I’m sort of like Roger Clemens. I like to overpower hitters at the plate. I also strive to be like Matt Harvey. These are guys I kind of patterned myself off of.

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

Finley: It’s not even a moment from me playing, but it has to be when my dad won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2013. Just seeing the players and coaches interact with each other in that moment and seeing how excited they all were, it was awesome. Any baseball player’s biggest goal would be to win a championship, but witnessing that made me want to win as much as possible.

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

Finley: I have a commitment to play at USC, but I spoke to my head coach about three hours after being drafted. They made it clear it’s my decision to make. My priority right now is to sign. I want to be a Yankee. This is not an opportunity I want to waste.

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

Finley: I try not to be fazed by that kind of stuff. I know all about the fans and the media in New York but I feel like if I pitched there tomorrow I would embrace it. A lot of really good players have obviously played in New York so there’s no reason I couldn’t do that either.

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