Q&A with Yankees 38th Rnd Pick Clay Caulfield

We sat down with Yankees' 38th round pick, Clay Caulfield, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from College of Charleston says about being drafted by the Yankees, what is the next step for him, what his stuff is like, and more.

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

Clay Caulfield: I think it's awesome because they treat their players well. I know sometimes they try to get guys from other teams, and don't utilize their minor leagues as much, but I know it's a good organization to be with, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

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

Caulfield: The Yankees said they were interested, and they wanted me to go to the Cape Cod League for a while to see what kind of contract they want to give me. [I'll be playing with] the Cotuit Kettlers.

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

Caulfield: After the Cape Cod League, they might send me to Staten Island, but I don't know for sure.

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

Caulfield: I throw two-Seam and four-Seam fastballs. My two-seam is in the low 90's, and my four-seam reaches 95. Before Tommy John Surgery I could hit 97, but I've yet to reach that fast with it. I throw more of a slurve and my changeup is my best pitch.

PinstripesPlus: When did you have Tommy John Surgery? Do you think if you hadn't had Tommy John Surgery you would've went higher in the draft?

Caulfield: March of 2006. I just threw a little bit harder before Tommy John. I'm still maturing as a pitcher and trying to perfect my mechanics so I can get back to where I was.

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

Caulfield: My favorite team is the Blue Jays actually, which is kind of weird because I was never the biggest Yankees guy to be honest, but I am now.

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?

Caulfield: Well today my coach, whose son is Brian Roberts, said that I could pitch in the big leagues. I don't really know if I compare to anyone, maybe I'm just my own kind of person.

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

Caulfield: The biggest moment is probably being drafted by the Yankees, but other than that nothing has been that important.

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

Caulfield: As quickly as possible. They said I'll play [in the Cape Cod League] for about a month and then begin negotiations.

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

Caulfield: I'm sure at first it might bother me a little, but in the past I've been good at just working with my catcher and tuning everything out.

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\r\nClay Caulfield: I think it's awesome because they treat their players well. I know sometimes they try to get guys from other teams, and don't utilize their minor leagues as much, but I know it's a good organization to be with, and I'm glad to be a part of it.
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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\nCaulfield: The Yankees said they were interested, and they wanted me to go to the Cape Cod League for a while to see what kind of contract they want to give me. [I'll be playing with] the Cotuit Kettlers.
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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\nCaulfield: After the Cape Cod League, they might send me to Staten Island, but I don't know for sure.
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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\nCaulfield: I throw two-Seam and four-Seam fastballs. My two-seam is in the low 90's, and my four-seam reaches 95. Before Tommy John Surgery I could hit 97, but I've yet to reach that fast with it. I throw more of a slurve and my changeup is my best pitch.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: When did you have Tommy John Surgery? Do you think if you hadn't had Tommy John Surgery you would've went higher in the draft?
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\r\nCaulfield: March of 2006. I just threw a little bit harder before Tommy John. I'm still maturing as a pitcher and trying to perfect my mechanics so I can get back to where I was.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nCaulfield: My favorite team is the Blue Jays actually, which is kind of weird because I was never the biggest Yankees guy to be honest, but I am now.
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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\nCaulfield: Well today my coach, whose son is Brian Roberts, said that I could pitch in the big leagues. I don't really know if I compare to anyone, maybe I'm just my own kind of person.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nCaulfield: The biggest moment is probably being drafted by the Yankees, but other than that nothing has been that important.
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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\nCaulfield: As quickly as possible. They said I'll play [in the Cape Cod League] for about a month and then begin negotiations.
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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\nCaulfield: I'm sure at first it might bother me a little, but in the past I've been good at just working with my catcher and tuning everything out.
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