Q & A with Jonathan Poterson

Jonathan Poterson was drafted this year by the New York Yankees as a supplemental 1st round pick, 41st overall, as compensation for the Astros signing Andy Pettitte. Poterson was born in Brentwood, NY but his family moved to Chandler, AZ when he was 5 years old. We talked with Poterson after a 5-3 win over a visiting Korean team during Instructional League.

PinstripesPlus: When did you take up switch-hitting?

Jonathan Poterson: I started when I was 9 years old. One day I started to swing from the left side. My Dad said it I looked good and should keep on doing it. It helped that I write and eat lefty.

PinstripesPlus: How come you didn't catch in the GCL?

Poterson: I wasn't sure why. I would've like to but perhaps it was because I had a hamstring injury in my senior year in high school and they felt that it wouldn't be wise for me to do all that squatting.

PinstripesPlus: What positions have you played and which is your favorite?

Poterson: I also played 1B and LF. But since I started playing baseball I always wanted to catch. Maybe it was all the equipment but now I like it is because everything starts with you. I haven't experienced a full-season of catching with all the squatting and wear and tear on my body so maybe in a few years my opinion will change.

PinstripesPlus: How good a student were you and what was your favorite subject(s)?

Poterson: I was alright but to be honest I always thought my future was going to be baseball so I didn't try very hard. My favorite subject was history, world history, especially WWII.

PinstripesPlus: Were you considering college?

Poterson: I was considering it up to the point that I knew from talking with scouts that I was going to go high in the draft. I did have a scholarship to Chandler-Gilbert CC.

PinstripesPlus: Any athletes in your family?

Poterson: I have to say no. My Dad played some baseball in Aruba where he's from. He still has family there and we have visited but not often.

PinstripesPlus: How many in your family?

Poterson: I have a older brother and a younger brother. One is 22 the other 12. The older one played some baseball but didn't go anywhere.

PinstripesPlus: Did you play any other sports?

Poterson: Played some football off and on. Played running back and linebacker. I wasn't bad and didn't mind the hitting but I'm a laid back guy and didn't get caught up in all the pre-game hoopla, the way players will get up for the game.

PinstripesPlus: From whom did you get the love of the game from?

Poterson: My father gave it to me. He taught me everything about the game and have to give him credit for everything I achieve.

PinstripesPlus: Were you surprised at being taken that high or by the New York Yankees?

Poterson: Midway through my senior season I knew I was going to be taken in the first three rounds. The last couple of weeks (leading up to the draft) I knew I was going to be taken in the first round. I also knew that I was going to be taken by the Yankees. My father is a lifelong Yankee fan and we lived in Brentwood, NY, on Long Island, until I was 5 years old when we moved to Arizona. Part of the reason we moved to AZ was to be in a climate where my older brother and I could play baseball all year long. There is something about Yankee Stadium, all the history, and it would be a dream come true for me to enter the Stadium wearing pinstripes. I honestly believe that God had something to do with me being drafted by the Yankees. On draft day I was just laying on my brother's bed resting, when my Mom came in, she was following the draft on the Internet, and told me the Yankees had taken me. We were all so excited.

PinstripesPlus: Who are your favorite players? And your favorite team?

Poterson: Pudge Rodriguez. After that I look at a lot of hitters, in fact you could say I study all good hitters. As for teams you know it's the Yankees but being from Arizona I go a lot of spring training and Arizona Fall League games and even to see the Diamondbacks.

PinstripesPlus: I heard that it's a very nice stadium?

Poterson: It is more like a shopping mall then a baseball park. Give me Yankee Stadium, that's what baseball is all about.

PinstripesPlus: What do you like to do when not playing baseball?

Poterson: I honestly have to say baseball is my life. When I' m not playing I'm working on getting better, going to the gym, running.

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