We sat down with Yankees' 3rd round pick Nolan Martinez for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 3rd round pick, Nolan Martinez, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Culver City High School in California 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.

Nolan Martinez: Oh man, after what that team has done over the years, it’s honestly a blessing. It really is a great opportunity. .

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

Martinez: I talked to them a little bit during the second round. I had a feeling they would pick me, I just didn’t know when. I was a little surprised that they picked me up in the third round. .

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

Martinez: I’m a little bit familiar with it. But it will certainly be a new experience for 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?

Martinez: I throw a fastball, changeup, and curveball. My fastball can hit up to 96, my change-up is usually mid-80s, and my curveball is around 76. I think I have good command of my fastball. I’m also good at staying in a good mental state on the mound. If you looked at me while I’m pitching, you wouldn’t be able to tell if I’m throwing a no-hitter or if I just let up three home runs. If I could work on something it would probably be the command of my breaking ball. .

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

Martinez: I grew up watching the Dodgers a lot. Right now, I’m a big Clayton Kershaw fan.

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?

Martinez: I don’t think there’s anyone in the league right now that I’m similar to. But an older guy that I’m sort of like is Greg Maddux. I know that Yankee fans probably won’t want to hear that, though.

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

Martinez: Besides being drafted, I would say winning the Babe Ruth World Series in 2013. It was up in Washington. That was a great experience.

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

Martinez: I want to sign. Right now, my priority is to be a Yankee and get my career going.

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

Martinez: I’m probably ready for the New York fans and media because it’s a lot similar out here in Los Angeles. It’s going to be different and it’s going to take some getting used to, but I think I’ll be okay.


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