We sat down with Yankees' 5th round pick Glenn Otto for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 5th round pick, Glenn Otto, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Rice 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: What was going through your mind as your were selected by a team like the Yankees?

Glenn Otto: Well [I thought] what a great opportunity. I knew they were going to take care of me. Obviously I grew up watching guys like Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite who were on the Yankees. They are all players I think everyone looks up to. They are all just as good people off the field as they are on the field. I have looked at the Yankees as a very professional organization. It’s exciting to be a part of that. When you get drafted by the Yankees you start to think about all the guys that played wearing those pinstripes.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised at all that the Yankees drafted you?

Otto: Going into the draft I really wasn’t sure what was going to happen. [Going in] I didn’t really think of a particular team that I wanted to play for. I was open to anything. I was pretty excited.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you talk much to the Yankees before the draft?

Otto: A little bit, not a ton.

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

Otto: I know it's pretty strong. I have heard a lot about how they have one of the best farm systems in the league. I’m excited to be a part of that and try to help  as much as I can. I'm excited to develop as a man and as a pitcher.

PinstripesPlus.com: What kind of pitches do you throw?

Otto: I have a four seam fastball, spike curveball and a changeup.

PinstripesPlus.com: How fast are those pitches?

Otto: My fastball is mostly 92 but has hit 98. I'm looking forward to getting into a routine and being able to recover, and that is very important in a starter. The changeup is 82-84 and the spike is anywhere from 84-85.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would say your strength is as a pitcher?

Otto: Right now I would say striking guys out. Between my fastball and the spike curveball, and that's what I have gone after, especially coming out of the bullpen in those pressure situations. What they implemented at Rice helped me to get strikeouts.

PinstripesPus.com; What is something you think you need to work on?

Otto: Fastball command. I know you can’t pitch without it. I have always been in game situations. I haven’t always had the setting to put everything else to side and just work on fastball command.

PinstipesPlus.com: Is there a guy today or in the past that you compare your stuff to?

Otto: Well, I guess Justin Verlander.  I watched him a lot growing up and through high school, and I have tried to model him as much as possible.

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

Otto: Yes sir. We have pretty much come to an agreement. I'm excited to get the ball rolling and get to work.

PinstripesPlus.com: What is your message be to Yankees fans letting them know what kind of player they are getting?

Otto: I think they are getting someone that’s going to represent the organization and the name the right way on and off the field. I take that very seriously. [I will be] someone who is going to work hard and be the best that I can be.


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