Q&A with 44th Round Pick James LaSala

The Yankees selected Iona College senior catcher James LaSala in the 44th round of the 2006 MLB Draft. LaSala had a breakout year with the Gales, hitting .300 along with being the team's anchor behind the plate. LaSala sat down with PinstripsPlus.com for an exclusive interview just hours after being selected.

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PinstripesPlus.com: Congratulations on being drafted today. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

James LaSala: It's awesome! I'm still in a state of shock right now. I always dreamed of playing in the majors and now I have the opportunity.

PinstripesPlus: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

LaSala: I've become a real good hitter over the last two years. Plus I think I call a good game behind the plate. I try to control the game from behind the plate and help my pitchers by knowing their strengths and the weakness of the opposing hitters.

PinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

LaSala: I think my biggest strength is my arm. I have a real strong arm from behind the plate. As far as weaknesses, you should probably go ask my coach about that cause I'm sure he could name you a few.

PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level?

LaSala: That's a hard question. Since I'm a big Yankees fan and I watch them play, I guess I'll go with Jorge Posada. I really like the way he plays. He plays hard and does he job behind the plate. So if I could be like any pro, I'd definitely want to be like Posada.

PinstripesPlus: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

LaSala: I went to their camp on June 1st and once they saw me throw, they came over and asked my name and where I went to school. I figured it was possible but I wasn't sure.

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

LaSala: Today was by far my best baseball moment. I've worked hard for 10 years just hoping this time would come and now it's a reality. No hit or win could ever add up to the thrill of being drafted to play professional baseball.

PinstripesPlus: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

LaSala: I was a huge Yankee fan growing up. My favorite player would have to be Derek Jeter. How could you not like Jeter, every time the team needs a big hit he comes up with it.

PinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted? Do you intend to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

LaSala: I'm waiting on a callback right now actually. I'm hoping to sign as early as tomorrow [Thursday] and be in Tampa by Friday. I'm excited and I just want to start as soon as possible and start learning from the great staff the team has in Tampa.

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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Congratulations on being drafted today. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?
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\r\nJames LaSala: It's awesome! I'm still in a state of shock right now. I always dreamed of playing in the majors and now I have the opportunity.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
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\r\nLaSala: I've become a real good hitter over the last two years. Plus I think I call a good game behind the plate. I try to control the game from behind the plate and help my pitchers by knowing their strengths and the weakness of the opposing hitters.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nLaSala: I think my biggest strength is my arm. I have a real strong arm from behind the plate. As far as weaknesses, you should probably go ask my coach about that cause I'm sure he could name you a few.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level?
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\r\nLaSala: That's a hard question. Since I'm a big Yankees fan and I watch them play, I guess I'll go with Jorge Posada. I really like the way he plays. He plays hard and does he job behind the plate. So if I could be like any pro, I'd definitely want to be like Posada.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nLaSala: I went to their camp on June 1st and once they saw me throw, they came over and asked my name and where I went to school. I figured it was possible but I wasn't sure.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nLaSala: Today was by far my best baseball moment. I've worked hard for 10 years just hoping this time would come and now it's a reality. No hit or win could ever add up to the thrill of being drafted to play professional baseball.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nLaSala: I was a huge Yankee fan growing up. My favorite player would have to be Derek Jeter. How could you not like Jeter, every time the team needs a big hit he comes up with it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted? Do you intend to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
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\r\nLaSala: I'm waiting on a callback right now actually. I'm hoping to sign as early as tomorrow [Thursday] and be in Tampa by Friday. I'm excited and I just want to start as soon as possible and start learning from the great staff the team has in Tampa.
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\r\nJames LaSala: It's awesome! I'm still in a state of shock right now. I always dreamed of playing in the majors and now I have the opportunity.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
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\r\nLaSala: That's a hard question. Since I'm a big Yankees fan and I watch them play, I guess I'll go with Jorge Posada. I really like the way he plays. He plays hard and does he job behind the plate. So if I could be like any pro, I'd definitely want to be like Posada.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nLaSala: I went to their camp on June 1st and once they saw me throw, they came over and asked my name and where I went to school. I figured it was possible but I wasn't sure.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nLaSala: Today was by far my best baseball moment. I've worked hard for 10 years just hoping this time would come and now it's a reality. No hit or win could ever add up to the thrill of being drafted to play professional baseball.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nLaSala: I was a huge Yankee fan growing up. My favorite player would have to be Derek Jeter. How could you not like Jeter, every time the team needs a big hit he comes up with it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted? Do you intend to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
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\r\nLaSala: I'm waiting on a callback right now actually. I'm hoping to sign as early as tomorrow [Thursday] and be in Tampa by Friday. I'm excited and I just want to start as soon as possible and start learning from the great staff the team has in Tampa.
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