We sat down with Yankees' 7th round pick Dalton Higgins for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 7th round pick, Dalton Higgins, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Dallas Baptist 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.

PinstripePlus.com: What is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Yankees?

Dalton Higgins: Well, it has always been a dream of mine to play professional baseball. To be selected by an organization with such a great history is really a blessing and an answer to prayer. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to meet some new people, build relationships and most of all compete on the field.

PinstripePlus.com: Were you surprised that the Yankees selected you? Was there any talk between you and them leading into the draft?

Higgins: I was a little bit surprised. I had a couple of short conversations with them in the weeks leading up to the draft but nothing too extensive, so when I heard them call my name it came as a little bit of a surprise but I was thrilled that they chose me.

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

Higgins: There have been a couple of guys from Dallas Baptist that have been a part of the Yankees organization before me and I have heard nothing but good things about the organization from them. I know they expect hard work and cooperation which is exactly what I'm looking forward to contributing.

PinstripePlus.com: So if you could, give me a scouting report on yourself, what types of pitches do you throw and what speeds? What are your strengths and what do you think you need to work on?

Higgins: My two main pitches are a fastball at 93-95, and a slider at 84-86. I have also really been working to develop my curveball and changeup. My curveball has been of use against left handed batters this last year and I am really looking forward to throwing my changeup more and more. A strength is the action on my fastball. It tends to run in on right handed hitters and sink, so I can throw it inside and let it run under their hands it gets some swing and misses and a good amount of ground balls. What I would like to continue working on is my changeup, developing that will give me more of an opportunity to mix my pitches and keep hitters guessing.

PinstripePlus.com: So, what was your favorite team growing up and favorite player?

Higgins: Well, I grew up about 20 minutes from the Rangers ballpark so I naturally gravitated toward the Rangers. But I always enjoyed watching Mariano Rivera pitch. I just thought it was incredible the way he dominated, his presence and his demeanor on the mound was something I really admired.

PinstripePlus.com: Who would you say in Major League Baseball, you can compare your stuff too, so Yankees fans can get an idea of how you are like on the mound?

Higgins: That is an interesting one. As far as stuff goes, I have never compared myself to anyone because when I am on the mound I don't want to try to be anyone else. My job is to get guys out by being myself, and I don't want to get a clouded perception of who I am when I am on the mound. That being said, as far as demeanor and attitude on the mound I would say I am similar to Madison Bumgarner. I think he pitches with a lot of intent and fire so I have modeled that aspect of my game after him.

PinstripePlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball so far?

Higgins: I would say it was my freshman year at DBU when we had the opportunity to host a regional in Dallas.

PinstripePlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly with the Yankees and get your professional career started?

Higgins: I'm really excited to sign and get my career underway, it's such a blessing to be part of the organization and I'm really looking forward to what's in store.

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

Higgins: I don't think it will be a problem, I enjoy pressure situations so I think it will be a lot of fun for me.


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