Q&A with Yankees 19th Round Pick Mark Seyler

We sat down with Yankees' 19th round pick, Mark Seyler, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from San Diego 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.

Mark Seyler: I mean it’s a dream come true. The Yankees were my favorite team growing up. As a little kid growing up you know, you talk about it as a five-year old. Everyone asks you what you want to be when you grow up and you want to be a professional baseball player. To finally have it come true with a team like the Yankees, it was unbelievable.

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

Seyler: Yeah, I had talked with my area scout a couple of times. I thought that there might have been a chance that I could have gone with them and I’m so happy that I did.

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

Seyler: Not a ton. I have a teammate who’s played in the Yankees organization. He’s probably in it right now, Phil Walby. But, from what I’ve heard it’s a great organization and I’m looking forward to it.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Seyler: I throw a fastball which some people consider a sinker about 88 to 90. I throw a slider about 80 to 82, and then a changeup that’s also about 80 to 82. I would say my strength is being able to throw a sinker and getting a lot of ground balls. My biggest thing to work on right now is just to continue to command the fastball even better on both sides of the plate [and] hopefully develop my changeup a little bit more while I’m here [too].

PinstripesPlus.com: What adjustments did you make in the offseason to improve your numbers from last year?

Seyler: Mostly just throwing strikes with my fastball, that was the biggest thing for me. I wanted to be able to command that at all times and I knew if I was able to do that, then I’d get a lot of ground ball outs, which ended up happening. Mostly I just wanted to work on the bottom half of the zone.

PinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned the Yankees were your favorite team; did you have a favorite player?

Seyler: Yeah, the Yankees and Derek Jeter were my two favorite things growing up and I can’t believe that it actually came true.

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?

Seyler: I think I’m pretty similar to a guy like Tim Hudson maybe. He has a pretty good sinker, slider combination and a good changeup mixture.

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

Seyler: Well, getting drafted was definitely up there for me. But, I think for me, winning the conference tournament for three straight years and especially this last year was so meaningful to me. I came back on a day’s rest and started the championship game. We ended up pulling it out and going to regional for the third straight year. That was just a really cool experience for me and I really enjoyed that one.

PinstripesPlus.com: How has the media studies major that you are enrolled in at San Diego State as well as your aspiration to become a sports broadcaster helped you as a player?

Seyler: It’s helped me to understand the process of interviewing and understanding the meaning behind it, and why you guys ask questions. That whole thing is really interesting to me and you know, obviously it’s something that I want to get into. I think it’s made me appreciate this process more.

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

Seyler: Yeah, definitely! I want to go ahead and get out wherever I’m going and I want to go out and start my career like you said. It’s an amazing opportunity and I don’t want to waste any of it.

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

Seyler: I think I’m going to go ahead and wait until I get there. I mean, I’m going to try to focus on hopefully getting there as sound as possible. But you know, when I do get there I’m going to just try to do what I always do and just have fun with it and enjoy the process, and enjoy being out there.

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