We sat down with Yankees' 18th round pick Greg Weissert for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 18th round pick, Greg Weissert, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Fordham University 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.

Greg Weissert: It’s [was] a stressful few days, and this is the most unreal feeling, ever.  I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it. 

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

Weissert: [The Yankees] hadn’t talked a lot.  I think I talked to one of the scouts a couple times but not too much, so it was a little bit of a surprise but I was beyond happy about it. 

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

Weissert: Not really, I’m not sure about any of that.

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?

Weissert: [For my] fastball, I throw a four-seam and two-seam, and my four-seam sits around 91-93[mph], and my two-seam is around 89-92, and then I have a curveball, which is usually like 72-74, and my slider, is like 80, 79-82 [on average], 83 sometimes, and my changeup is like 80-82, and I would say my slider is my best pitch, it’s my out pitch, and that’s what I use to set my fastball and then let it drop off the table.

PinstripesPlus.com: What was your transition like from the bullpen to the starting rotation when conference play began in 2015 and how do you think that helped you become more successful going forward?

Weissert: I think I was definitely ready to be a starter and being a reliever was kind of tough for me because you never know when you’re going to go in, and when you need to get ready and stuff like that, and that was new to me, so I learned to deal with that.  And then when I got the starting position, that’s what I knew how to do, and me being able to stretch and get ready and my arm loose properly before the game, I think that was a huge help, but just knowing how to do that stuff, like I relieved my freshman year but I didn’t relieve that summer, I started, so I didn’t get much time to get into that reliever mindset, so I think it was a little easier to transition back to [being a] starter, because I have started my whole life.    

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you consider yourself more of a starter now or a reliever/why?

Weissert: [A starter], but obviously I’ll be pitching whatever I’m told to. 

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

Weissert: I was always a Mets fan when I was younger of course, and then in 2008 when the Brewers had C.C. Sabathia and Ryan Braun, in their second year, I became a Brewers fan because I started front running because they made the playoffs for one year, and the Mets were choking every year, like they choked 2, 3 years before that, so when I was younger I immediately switched and now my room is full of Brewers stuff, so I’m going to have to take it down now [laughs].

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?

Weissert: That’s a tough one, I would go with Zack Greinke; he’s not too overpowering with his stuff but he hits his spots well and uses his curveball really well. 

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

Weissert: I would say right now, getting drafted by the Yankees.  [The St. Bonaventure game] would definitely be my second highlight, because I pitched a complete game and had 12 strikeouts I think, and I had those two [barehanded] plays so that was like the most memorable game of my career thus far. 

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

Weissert: I am definitely looking to sign right away and get my professional career started.  I am excited to see what is in store for myself with the Yankees organization. 

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

Weissert: No, not at all.  Growing up in New York you deal with people like that all the time, I think I can handle everything that goes with it.  


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