Q&A with Yankees 36th Round Pick Chris Dwyer

We sat down with Yankees' 36th round pick, Chris Dwyer, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Salisbury School says about being drafted by the Yankees, who he would compare himself to at the big league level, if he's considering going pro now, and more.

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

Chris Dwyer: It was exciting being selected by the Yankees. It's an organization who cares about it players and has had a lot of success. It's one of the premier organizations to play for, so it's an honor to be selected by them.

PinstripesPlus: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? Had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?

Dwyer: I had some contact with the Yankees. There were some other teams that got in touch with me before the draft as well. Getting picked by the Yankees in the draft was an honor. Really, any team that picks you is going to be good news.

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

Dwyer: I know they have a great minor league system. I've heard a lot about their player development program. It's a great program.

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

Dwyer: I throw a fastball between 89 to 93 MPH, a curveball between 74 to 77 MPH. I honestly don't know the speed on my change-up, but it's probably around 80 or 81.

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

Dwyer: I've always been a Red Sox fan. I grew up liking players like Ken Griffy Jr. Definitely Johan Santana pitching-wise, Manny too though.

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

Dwyer: I would say Jon Lester. I feel like I have the same makeup. My stuff that comes out is the same type and the same makeup.

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

Dwyer: I'd say making the Area Code games. It was just a great experience going out to Long Beach, California. You get the chance to meet people from all over the country, and it was a beautiful place to be.

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

Dwyer: I'm still going to go over it for the next couple of weeks. I'm going to go over my options. I'm going to sit down with my family and discuss and figure it out. It's still up in the air. I've always wanted to play professional baseball, so we'll see.

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

Dwyer: Not at all, that's something I want, honestly. That's something you want to play in. You want the pressure, the excitement. That's something that makes me do better. I think that's a good thing.

PinstripesPlus: What's the difference maker for you, playing professional baseball or getting an education?

Dwyer: Well, I always wanted to get a degree. An education is good, who knows what's going to happen. Definitely getting an education is one of my top priorities. Then again, playing professional baseball is one of my top priorities. We'll have to see, it's up in the air.

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\r\nChris Dwyer: It was exciting being selected by the Yankees. It's an organization who cares about it players and has had a lot of success. It's one of the premier organizations to play for, so it's an honor to be selected by them.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? Had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?
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\r\nDwyer: I had some contact with the Yankees. There were some other teams that got in touch with me before the draft as well. Getting picked by the Yankees in the draft was an honor. Really, any team that picks you is going to be good news.
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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\nDwyer: I know they have a great minor league system. I've heard a lot about their player development program. It's a great program.
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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\nDwyer: I throw a fastball between 89 to 93 MPH, a curveball between 74 to 77 MPH. I honestly don't know the speed on my change-up, but it's probably around 80 or 81.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nDwyer: I've always been a Red Sox fan. I grew up liking players like Ken Griffy Jr. Definitely Johan Santana pitching-wise, Manny too though.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Yankees' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?
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\r\nDwyer: I would say Jon Lester. I feel like I have the same makeup. My stuff that comes out is the same type and the same makeup.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nDwyer: I'd say making the Area Code games. It was just a great experience going out to Long Beach, California. You get the chance to meet people from all over the country, and it was a beautiful place to be.
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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\nDwyer: I'm still going to go over it for the next couple of weeks. I'm going to go over my options. I'm going to sit down with my family and discuss and figure it out. It's still up in the air. I've always wanted to play professional baseball, so we'll see.
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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\nDwyer: Not at all, that's something I want, honestly. That's something you want to play in. You want the pressure, the excitement. That's something that makes me do better. I think that's a good thing.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What's the difference maker for you, playing professional baseball or getting an education?
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\r\nDwyer: Well, I always wanted to get a degree. An education is good, who knows what's going to happen. Definitely getting an education is one of my top priorities. Then again, playing professional baseball is one of my top priorities. We'll have to see, it's up in the air.
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