Shane Roberts

We sat down with Yankees' 28th round pick Shane Roberts for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 28th round pick, Shane Roberts, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from William T. Dwyer High School in Florida 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?

Shane Roberts: What's going through my mind after being drafted by the Yankees is this can't be true. They are my favorite team growing up so it's an unbelievable experience hearing my name called. I'm honored to be recognized by such a top organization in all of MLB.

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

Roberts: I was surprised they were the ones who drafted me. I was in contact with the Yankees prior to the draft [though].

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

Roberts: I have no idea what the organization or farm system is like but it's going to be a lot of hard work and it's going to be tough fighting for a job if I take 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?

Roberts: I throw four pitches. My fastball usually sits in the low 90s and can touch 94. I have good command and can control where I choose to throw it, I have a changeup which is around 80-81 mph and it is said to be a plus pitch that I throw and it has good break.  My curveball is mid 70s and can be thrown 12-6 or as a slider almost. I can start it for a strike and use it to get batters out by burying it in the dirt for strike three. I also have a two-seam fastball that tails away to a lefty and in on a righty.

PinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned being a Yankees fan.  Did you have a favorite player?

Roberts: Yes, my favorite player will always be Derek Jeter. I love the way he plays and love his attitude.  He always gave 100 percent on and off the field. My favorite team growing up is the NY Yankees since I was born in NY and they have always been my team!

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?

Roberts: I would compare myself to Marcus Stroman but a little taller being I'm 6-foot-1.  He commands his fastball well, [has] great mechanics, dirty offspeed which keeps the hitters off balance and great mechanics.  He barely breaks a sweet and looks effortless when throwing, which compares to me a lot when I'm throwing.  He gets outs and keeps the pitch count low.

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

Roberts: My best moment in my baseball career is throwing in all the MLB stadiums around the world.  It is something any kid dreams of as a kid and having the opportunity to do that without playing for a MLB team is awesome!

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

Roberts:  I have not made a decision yet. If i can get a deal done i would like to sign but if it doesn't happen South Carolina is a beautiful place and I'm looking forward to going to school, and revisiting the draft in three years.

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

Roberts: I don't think pitching in New York would be a problem.  I can handle pressure really well and when I'm on the mound throwing nothing else matters. I block everything out and just do my thing!


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