Q&A with Jason Lafountain

Charleston RiverDog catcher Jason Lafountain sat down with PinstripesPlus for a Q&A session to discuss his game, what he feels his biggest strenghts are, what he needs to work on the most, which pitcher impresses him the most, and more.

PinstripesPlus.com: You have been under the radar of a lot of Yankee fans. What do you think you do that is most impressive for those that don't know you?

Jason Lafountain: Basically I can play anywhere on the field, catch, outfield, infield. I switch hit. So there are a lot of things I bring to a team.

PinstripesPlus: You seem to draw a high number of walks. Do you take pride in having a good eye?

Lafountain: Yeah, you've got to be selective at the plate - hit strikes, especially at this level where guys are throwing a lot of different pitches in a lot of different places.

PinstripesPlus: What style of hitter do you view yourself as?

Lafountain: More gap to gap. Every once in a while something will go out of the park. Mostly base hits, singles, doubles and every once in a while, triples.

PinstripesPlus: What is your biggest weakness?

Lafountain: Getting used to not playing every day. I'm used to playing everyday while at school. It's coming along.

PinstripesPlus: What pitchers have you caught that you think have the most potential?

Lafountain: I think Zack Kroenke has the best stuff of the guys I have caught.

PinstripesPlus: Is there any extra studying you do as a catcher to work with a pitcher or plan for a hitter?

Lafountain: Nothing by myself, mostly it is just talking to a pitcher and see what they have going that day, and work off that. It's tough when you are only catching once or twice, maybe three times a week or so. You just have to work with the pitchers and do as much studying as you can with the hitters.

PinstripesPlus: How good do you think your arm is?

Lafountain: I think it's pretty good. It's getting there. It's tough coming from say the outfield or infield. It's a different throwing motion. [The] last few weeks, I've gotten to catch a little more, so my accuracy throwing down to second base has been getting better.

PinstripesPlus: Have the Yankees given you any indication as to what they want you to work on?

Lafountain: Not really, just keep telling me to get work in [on] everywhere, which is fine with me.

PinstripesPlus: What area of your game do you feel you need the most work?

Lafountain: I'd say two strike hitting.

PinstripesPlus: What are your thoughts on your pro career so far?

Lafountain: Just basically playing as long as I can, keep going, and see what happens.

PinstripesPlus: Who do you think is the biggest sleeper on the RiverDogs?

Lafountain: There's a lot of guys that really don't get to play as much, and still have a lot of talent. It'll be interesting to fun to see who comes out.

PinstripesPlus: What are your thoughts on the RiverDogs?

Lafountain: We started off pretty good. They made some moves and we got a few different guys, but it'll gel here pretty soon. We still have the second half of the season and should turn it around.

PinstripesPlus: What has led to the road woes?

Lafountain: I don't know, just kind of working on meshing together.


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