Q&A with Yankees 48th Rd Pick, Scott Bittle

We sat down with Yankees' 48th round pick, Scott Bittle, for a Q&A session. Find out who the right-handed pitcher from the University of Mississippi compares his game to, if he plans on signing with the Yankees, what he felt like being drafted by the Yankees, and more.

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

Scott Bittle: I haven't really let it sink in. We just finished the super regional games at Ole Miss and there has been a lot going on. But it's a great honor to be selected by a team as studious as the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus: Were you surprised it was the Yankees who selected you? I mean, had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?

Bittle: I had talked to the Yankees a few weeks ago and they told me they were selecting me, so there were no surprises.

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

Bittle: I really don't know much about it, but from what I do know is that I've got offspeed that would fit into their system.

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

Bittle: I've got a strong fast ball which clocks in at about 88-90, my slider is at 80-84, and my changeups are about 78-80.

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

Bittle: The Yankees actually have always been my favorite team and my favorite player is Mariano Rivera. He's got a strong face and great character that I've always looked up to.

PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so the Yankees fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Bittle: People have compared me to Scott Cassidy from the San Diego Padres. He's a setup a guy.

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

Bittle: I can't think of anything that tops being drafted by the Yankees this year.

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

Bittle: I know that they'll be following me this summer to see what I've got. I'm hoping to prove myself and see what happens from there.

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

Bittle: I don't know really. We'll see when I get there what happens. I'm just ready to warm up and get on the mound.

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\r\nScott Bittle: I haven't really let it sink in. We just finished the super regional games at Ole Miss and there has been a lot going on. But it's a great honor to be selected by a team as studious as the Yankees.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Were you surprised it was the Yankees who selected you? I mean, had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?
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\r\nBittle: I had talked to the Yankees a few weeks ago and they told me they were selecting me, so there were no surprises.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you have any idea what the Yankees farm system is like?
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\r\nBittle: I really don't know much about it, but from what I do know is that I've got offspeed that would fit into their system.
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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\nBittle: I've got a strong fast ball which clocks in at about 88-90, my slider is at 80-84, and my changeups are about 78-80.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?
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\r\nBittle: The Yankees actually have always been my favorite team and my favorite player is Mariano Rivera. He's got a strong face and great character that I've always looked up to.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so the Yankees fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?
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\r\nBittle: People have compared me to Scott Cassidy from the San Diego Padres. He's a setup a guy.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment and baseball and why?
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\r\nBittle: I can't think of anything that tops being drafted by the Yankees this year.
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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\nBittle: I know that they'll be following me this summer to see what I've got. I'm hoping to prove myself and see what happens from 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\nBittle: I don't know really. We'll see when I get there what happens. I'm just ready to warm up and get on the mound.
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