Q&A with Yankees 30th Round Pick Ben McMahan

We sat down with Yankees' 30th round pick, Ben McMahan, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the catcher from Bishop Moore High School says what his best tools are, how he feels about being drafted by the Yankees, and more.

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

Ben McMahan: It felt really good. I mean I worked really hard to better myself and it's really an honor to be chosen by this historic team.

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?

McMahan: I'm a catcher; I have been my whole life. I like to be the leader that takes charge and gets the team going, and I have some power and decent arm strength and I feel like I can lead my team.

PinstripesPlus: You've been regarded as a defense-first catcher, what would you say is your strongest tool behind the plate?

McMahan: Probably my arm strength and my athleticism. I can block balls and be quick on my feet behind the plate.

PinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

McMahan: My strengths would have to be catching and receiving. My weaknesses are with the bat, probably opposite field power. Also my footwork mechanics when behind the plate are something that I need to brush up on.

PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

McMahan: I'm not really sure, it's hard to say. I watch guys on TV and try to mimic the things that they do, but it's hard to say who I most resemble behind the plate. If I had to say anybody, it would be Brian McCann. I love the way he catches and I watch him a lot.

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

McMahan: Probably when I won the state championships for my high school team last year. That was probably one of the best moments of my baseball career. Also, last summer, I played in a BCS National Tournament for the 18 and under team. We made it all the way to the championships and even though we lost in the finals, the whole team played really well.

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

McMahan: My favorite player growing up was Ivan Rodriguez. He was amazing to watch behind the plate. I grew up watching the Reds because I was born in Cincinnati and I used to go to games a lot and watch them.

PinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

McMahan: We're going to probably sit back a little bit and wait and see what happens, and see what the guys at college say. They said it'll be a little while before they make any serious decisions about what's going to happen. At this point we are just sitting back and waiting to see what happens because I've already signed with the University of Florida.

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\r\nBen McMahan: It felt really good. I mean I worked really hard to better myself and it's really an honor to be chosen by this historic team.
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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\nMcMahan: I'm a catcher; I have been my whole life. I like to be the leader that takes charge and gets the team going, and I have some power and decent arm strength and I feel like I can lead my team.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: You've been regarded as a defense-first catcher, what would you say is your strongest tool behind the plate?
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\r\nMcMahan: Probably my arm strength and my athleticism. I can block balls and be quick on my feet behind the plate.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nMcMahan: My strengths would have to be catching and receiving. My weaknesses are with the bat, probably opposite field power. Also my footwork mechanics when behind the plate are something that I need to brush up on.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
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\r\nMcMahan: I'm not really sure, it's hard to say. I watch guys on TV and try to mimic the things that they do, but it's hard to say who I most resemble behind the plate. If I had to say anybody, it would be Brian McCann. I love the way he catches and I watch him a lot.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nMcMahan: Probably when I won the state championships for my high school team last year. That was probably one of the best moments of my baseball career. Also, last summer, I played in a BCS National Tournament for the 18 and under team. We made it all the way to the championships and even though we lost in the finals, the whole team played really well.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who were your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nMcMahan: My favorite player growing up was Ivan Rodriguez. He was amazing to watch behind the plate. I grew up watching the Reds because I was born in Cincinnati and I used to go to games a lot and watch them.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
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\r\nMcMahan: We're going to probably sit back a little bit and wait and see what happens, and see what the guys at college say. They said it'll be a little while before they make any serious decisions about what's going to happen. At this point we are just sitting back and waiting to see what happens because I've already signed with the University of Florida.
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