We sat down with Yankees' 36th round pick Tyler Honahan for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 36th round pick, Tyler Honahan, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Stony Brook 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.

Tyler Honahan: It’s a crazy moment, I was in my kitchen, and my advisor called and he was like ‘Congrats’ and I was like ‘On what,’ and in the background we had the draft going and I heard my name called and kind of just got upset and my mom kind of got upset, and my dad and my brother, and we hugged and everything, and it was just a really memorable experience.

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

Honahan: I wasn’t too surprised, Cesar Presbott, an area guy in the New York area – I went to Stony Brook University – he was at my games a lot, the last four years of college, he actually texted me, and I think it was about in the twenties in the rounds, and he said ‘keep me posted,’ and he was pushing for me; I heard my name in the 36th round, and it was, just a crazy moment.  

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

Honahan: I’m familiar [with] where they’re stationed and what not, but it’s kind of all new to me a little bit, I’m actually in Colorado right now, that’s where my parents live, and I’m flying to Tampa on Tuesday, and signing the contract down there, and it may look like I might be playing for the Staten Island Yankees, so I’m excited for it. 

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?

Honahan: My fastball is around 89-92 [mph], I’m usually high 80’s, low 90’s with [it], and my changeup, that’s always been my secondary usually, and then I actually just developed a slider, this year.  I was a curveball guy and then I just developed the slider this year working with a teammate at Stony Brook, and it actually developed into a better pitch than my curveball, so I’m a fastball, change, and slider guy. 

PinstripesPlus.com: What was your transition like from initially being a reliever for the Seawolves before becoming a starter? And what contributed to your dominance as a starter?

Honahan: Coming in as a freshman, at any Division 1 college, it’s tough to come in there and pitch right away, and I just wanted to help the team right away, and I knew helping the team my freshman year was going to be in relief, and I was fine with that, and then Sophomore year they put me as a starter on a weekday, and I started doing well, and we went out to California, and I pitched against USC and I got the win, and got into the seventh inning, with two outs, and we ended up winning that game, and ever since then, I was a starter from my Sophomore year until my Senior year, and it’s been a really great experience for me. 

PinstripesPlus.com: As you’re a pitcher but also play First Base and in the Outfield, what do you think you’ll primarily be playing for the Yankees?

Honahan: Definitely pitching – I haven’t gotten at bat probably since senior year of High School.  I used to play a little bit of outfield, a little bit of first base, but definitely being left-handed, I’m definitely going to be a pitcher with the Yankees. 

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

Honahan: The New York Yankees; I grew up on Long Island, the Yankees were always my team, and as a lefty kid, my idol was always Andy Pettitte.

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?

Honahan: I guess you could say I’m a bulldog on the mound, when I’m out there I try not to think a lot, and to just pitch the way I know I can pitch, and I’m always trying to win games, I just want to help the team out as much as I can.  I’m really excited for this opportunity.

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

Honahan: Today might be my best day, I think this was definitely a really memorable moment in my life, this third day in the draft, I had an idea that maybe I’d get picked [that day], but it got into the thirties in the rounds and stuff and I was kind of getting a little worried, and all of a sudden, I get the call from my advisor, and once I heard my name, I really couldn’t believe it, it was just a crazy experience, but definitely today was the most memorable thing I’ve gone through with baseball.

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

Honahan: [They’re] not too bad, I guess I’ve been used to it, growing up there, and then actually going back to college there, I’m used to the New York lifestyle, and I think it would be a really cool experience, if I were to make it up to the big leagues, and I could definitely handle the pressure; I’ve got a lot of family, friends, and support behind me, and I think I fit well being a Yankee.


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