Gabriel Medina: It's a great opportunity and I'm thankful to the Yankees for giving me this opportunity. I have mixed emotions because I am trying to stay in control. I can't wait to get out there and play though.
PinstripesPlus: Were you surprised the Yankees drafted you or had they talked to you before the draft?
Medina: I hadn't heard much from them during the season, so I was a bit surprised when they picked me, but I'm glad and thankful for the opportunity.
PinstripesPlus: What pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
Medina: I'm not a real hard thrower. I have a fastball that goes between the upper 80's and 90 MPH. I also have a slider and an over-hand curveball.
PinstripesPlus: What was your favorite team growing up?
Medina: I didn't really have a favorite team. I was kind of just a baseball fan in general. I watched as much baseball as possible, but didn't have any favorites. Right now I'm a Yankee fan though.
PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare yourself to as a pitcher?
Medina: I don't really have an answer to that. I consider myself a big guy on the mound but I am not overpowering or anything. I just get outs.
PinstripesPlus: What is your best baseball moment and why?
Medina: Playing in the Division II World Series was an amazing feeling. It was the best experience until yesterday. Watching the draft on the computer with my teammates was a great moment in my life.
PinstripesPlus: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your baseball career under way?
Medina: I want to sign as soon as I can, hopefully in the next week. And then I can get in the organization and hopefully start out at Staten Island.
PinstripesPlus: How do you think you will handle the pressure pitching in New York?
Medina: I think I'll be able to handle it fine. As long as I go out there and do my job correctly, people will support me in what I'm doing.
PinstripesPlus: Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and where you come from?
Medina: I come from Venezuela and have been in America for four years right now. I work hard and I love to win. There's nothing I like to do more than play baseball.
PinstripesPlus: Can you tell us about your experience in college baseball?
Medina: I've had a great time here and it's been a great ride. I've learned a lot of stuff here in college that I might not have had the chance to anywhere else. I enjoyed the experience and I'm ready to move on.
PinstripesPlus: You were quite successful at Emporia State last year, any reason for the success?
Medina: I added the slider to my pitches and it really helped. I also have a new breath of confidence. I worked out really hard and I'm in the best shape of my life right now. We also came together as a team really well.
PinstripesPlus: What are you working on to improve your pitching?
Medina: Just working hard everyday and also having fun on the mound as well. I know if I keep that up, I will pitch well and good things will happen.
PinstripesPlus: Can you tell us a little bit about the experience of playing D-II ball instead of D-I?
Medina: The competition is pretty good. There are some really good teams as well as pretty good players. But it is baseball and any team can beat you on any given day.