Q&A with Yankees 33rd Rd Pick, Fred Jones

We sat down with Yankees' 33rd round pick, Fred Jones, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Evansville University says about his stuff, what is his best baseball moment, what he felt like being drafted by the Yankees, and more.

PinstripesPlus.com: What does it feel like to be drafted by the New York Yankees?

Fred Jones: It feels great. It's always great to accomplish a life-long goal that you have. I've wanted to play professional baseball ever since I was a little kid, so I'm excited about it. And especially to be selected by the New York Yankees makes it even better.

PinstripesPlus: Where you surprised to be selected by the Yankees?

Jones: I had spoken to them before and they had told me that they had some interest. It just worked out that I had a chance to be a Yankee. They liked my fastball and my curveball and my composure on the mound.

PinstripesPlus: Can you talk a little about your pitches?

Jones: My fastball is usually around 90 to 93, I have a 1 to 7 curveball, and a circle-change. I guess I'm just looking forward to learning any pitch they want to teach me.

PinstripesPlus: Was there a favorite team or player you had growing up?

Jones: Roger Clemens. I liked his competitiveness and his eagerness to win. I think everyone who wants to be a professional ballplayer wants to have a career like his.

PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your pitching style to with someone in the Major Leagues?

Jones: I'm not too sure. I'm more of a power pitcher. I try to come right at guys with the fastball and try to challenge them. I guess I could compare myself to Roger Clemens. Although I don't have the same repertoire that he does.

PinstripesPlus: What is your best moment in baseball?

Jones: I threw a no-hitter when I was a junior at Evansville. It was great. It was something I always wanted to do but never got accomplished. It felt great when I finally locked that up - And obviously being drafted.

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

Jones: I actually just signed the papers today [Monday]. I'm going to be assigned to Staten Island, most likely in a week or two. Right now I'm in the mini-camp down in Tampa and then I'm off to Staten Island, New York.

PinstripesPlus: Do you feel any added pressure playing in the Yankees' organization?

Jones: It's more of a challenge and I'm up for it. It's something I've always wanted to do, play professional baseball. So I'm up for the challenge.

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\r\nFred Jones: It feels great. It's always great to accomplish a life-long goal that you have. I've wanted to play professional baseball ever since I was a little kid, so I'm excited about it. And especially to be selected by the New York Yankees makes it even better.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Where you surprised to be selected by the Yankees?
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\r\nJones: I had spoken to them before and they had told me that they had some interest. It just worked out that I had a chance to be a Yankee. They liked my fastball and my curveball and my composure on the mound.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Can you talk a little about your pitches?
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\r\nJones: My fastball is usually around 90 to 93, I have a 1 to 7 curveball, and a circle-change. I guess I'm just looking forward to learning any pitch they want to teach me.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Was there a favorite team or player you had growing up?
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\r\nJones: Roger Clemens. I liked his competitiveness and his eagerness to win. I think everyone who wants to be a professional ballplayer wants to have a career like his.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your pitching style to with someone in the Major Leagues?
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\r\nJones: I'm not too sure. I'm more of a power pitcher. I try to come right at guys with the fastball and try to challenge them. I guess I could compare myself to Roger Clemens. Although I don't have the same repertoire that he does.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What is your best moment in baseball?
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\r\nJones: I threw a no-hitter when I was a junior at Evansville. It was great. It was something I always wanted to do but never got accomplished. It felt great when I finally locked that up - And obviously being drafted.
\r\nPinstripesPlus: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
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\r\nJones: I actually just signed the papers today [Monday]. I'm going to be assigned to Staten Island, most likely in a week or two. Right now I'm in the mini-camp down in Tampa and then I'm off to Staten Island, New York.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you feel any added pressure playing in the Yankees' organization?
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\r\nJones: It's more of a challenge and I'm up for it. It's something I've always wanted to do, play professional baseball. So I'm up for the challenge.
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