We sat down with Yankees' 16th round pick Zach Linginfelter for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 16th round pick, Zach Linginfelter, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Sevier County High School in Tennessee says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, and much more.

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

Zach Linginfelter: I was really excited. I can’t really describe the feeling. It had always been my dream to be drafted, whether by the Yankees or any other team.

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

Linginfelter: I wasn’t really surprised. I had talked to the Yankees before-hand as they had come out to watch me play a few times this past fall.

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

Linginfelter: Yes, their area scout talked to me during his in-home visit. He went in-depth about the organization and its developmental side. 

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?

Linginfelter: I throw a two-seam and four seam fastball between 92 and 94 but it can get up to 96. I have a slider that ranges from 78 to 82. Finally, my changeup can get up to between 82 and 84. I think that the two-seam fastball is my best pitch, but my slider is my out pitch.

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

Linginfelter: I wouldn’t say I had a favorite team and Chipper Jones was my favorite player. Chipper was just one of those players that I saw on TV all the time so I just wanted to be like him. 

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?

Linginfelter: I wouldn’t really compare myself to anyone. I’ve heard comparisons from other people, but I don’t necessary say I’m like any one player.

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

Linginfelter: I threw a 6 innings no-hitter to get my team through the next round of the playoffs. It wasn’t a complete game but it put my team in a position to win the game.

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

Linginfelter: I don’t really know yet.

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

Linginfelter: I don’t think so. The Yankees have always been a big historic team. But if they decided to draft me, I’ll just try to make sure I give my best.


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