Q&A with Yankees 28th Rd Pick, Jeff Livek

We sat down with Yankees' 28th round pick, Jeff Livek, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Carthage College says about his stuff, what is his best baseball moment, what he felt like being drafted by the Yankees, and more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Jeff Livek: I'm really excited. I didn't know when or if I was going to go [in the draft]. It was a lot earlier than I expected. I talked with Steve Lemke, a Yankee scout, a lot and that led me to believe I could get drafted by them. This shows that they take Division III baseball seriously. I can't wait to get started.

PinstripesPlus: Were they in touch with you leading up to the draft?

Livek: They contacted me twice in the last two weeks. They contacted me more than the other teams. They said me having experience as a college player was important.

PinstripesPlus: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?

Livek: No, I know they are a class organization, but I'm really going into the system a little blind.

PinstripesPlus: Talk about your stuff if you wouldn't mind. What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Livek: Well, my fastball runs in the low-90's typically. My slider is my out pitch. I also throw a changeup, which is something I'm going to have to build on. I need to develop a changeup or a splitfinger pitch to give me something offspeed.

PinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Livek: Growing up, it was the Chicago White Sox. That's going to change now obviously. I liked Jack McDowell and Robin Ventura.

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

Livek: This one [getting drafted] would have to be up there. Playing in the Division III World Series was a great thing as well.

PinstripesPlus: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Livek: Yes. I'm not going to mess around too much. I want to get a deal done so I can get out there.

PinstripesPlus: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?

Livek: Not really, I've heard the fans are hard, but I'm not too nervous about that. I'm not very emotional. I'm a pretty even-keel guy.

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\r\nJeff Livek: I'm really excited. I didn't know when or if I was going to go [in the draft]. It was a lot earlier than I expected. I talked with Steve Lemke, a Yankee scout, a lot and that led me to believe I could get drafted by them. This shows that they take Division III baseball seriously. I can't wait to get started.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Were they in touch with you leading up to the draft?
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\r\nLivek: They contacted me twice in the last two weeks. They contacted me more than the other teams. They said me having experience as a college player was important.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?
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\r\nLivek: No, I know they are a class organization, but I'm really going into the system a little blind.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Talk about your stuff if you wouldn't mind. What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
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\r\nLivek: Well, my fastball runs in the low-90's typically. My slider is my out pitch. I also throw a changeup, which is something I'm going to have to build on. I need to develop a changeup or a splitfinger pitch to give me something offspeed.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nLivek: Growing up, it was the Chicago White Sox. That's going to change now obviously. I liked Jack McDowell and Robin Ventura.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nLivek: This one [getting drafted] would have to be up there. Playing in the Division III World Series was a great thing as well.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
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\r\nLivek: Yes. I'm not going to mess around too much. I want to get a deal done so I can get out there.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
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\r\nLivek: Not really, I've heard the fans are hard, but I'm not too nervous about that. I'm not very emotional. I'm a pretty even-keel guy.
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