PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Yankees.
Tommy Palica: I'm pretty excited. Out of high school I wasn't drafted. That wasn't too much of a bummer, but it is nice to finally be acknowledged for what I've done.
PinstripesPlus: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you?
Palica: A little bit. I had heard that the only teams that were high on me were the Mets and the Giants. So it's pretty exciting that the Yankees took me. It was a surprise.
PinstripesPlus: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?
Palica: I've been looking over all of the teams' minor league systems to prepare for the draft, so I'm pretty familiar with it. I know there are not many lefties, so that's good for me. It's exciting.
PinstripesPlus: Talk about your stuff if you wouldn't mind. What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
Palica: I throw a fastball at about 86-88 MPH that tops out at 92. I also throw a curveball, a change-up, and a split-finger. The splitter's my out pitch. I throw the curve about 64-67, the change-up about 80-83, and the split-finger anywhere from 75-76.
PinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
Palica: Actually, my favorite player is David Ortiz, which is pretty funny since he's a Red Sox. I also like to watch Jim Thome. As for a pitcher, I like Mark Buerhle.
PinstripesPlus: Is Mark Buerhle the pitcher you'd compare yourself to at the Major League level?
Palica: A little bit. I try to make my style like his. He's not overpowering. He uses his change-up and gets batters out by throwing strikes. I would think if I ever got to the Major Leagues, I'd be like him.
PinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Palica: Playing in the Connie Mack World Series last year, and getting all the way to Farmington. We all got along on the team. We played well together. It was a great time and we all became good friends, so that's been my best moment.
PinstripesPlus: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
Palica: Well, I was planning to go to CalPoly to play baseball next year, but if the money is right, I'd definitely be interested in starting my professional career now.
Palica: I'd like to say no, but most likely it will be. You watch what happens to these players and pitchers who play there and they struggle. Even if it's one bad game it can get to you. It's something I'd have to experience and get used to.
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