Q&A with 21st Round Pick Joseph Talerico

We sat down with Yankees 21st round pick Joseph Talerico for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the centerfielder from Brookdale Community College says is his best tool, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees for the second time, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, and more.

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

Joseph Talerico: It's unreal. Wow, the Yankees, what great tradition. I'm from Jersey so I'm a Yankee fan, my girlfriend is a Yankee fan, and my parents are Yankee fans. This is a dream come true. I just hope I can keep working hard and move up through the system and end up in their outfield.

PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Talerico: I'm a hard working player, the type that leaves it all out on the field. I never will take my abilities for granted. There may have been guys drafted ahead of me, but I'm determined to be a Yankee. I want to be a home grown talent.

Initially they told me that I'll be heading to Florida and I think that my friend and old teammate Sean Black will be heading there too. It's a perfect fit.

As far as my game goes, I'm a 5-tool player. I can get on base, steal, make plays in the outfield, throw a guy out. Whatever it takes to win, that's the most important thing.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Talerico: My hitting ability, my arm strength, and speed are my biggest strengths. As far as my weaknesses, I'll say that I'm constantly working on everything to try to get better. I'll never settle with what I have. What I really want to do this year is to just get comfortable, slow the game down, and just do what I have to do.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Talerico: Defense wins games so I know that is an important aspect. When I'm in the outfield I'm always hustling and busting for everything. My arm is probably my biggest strength defensively. I have a plus arm and I can throw 95 MPH from the outfield.

PinstripesPlus.com: 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?

Talerico: That's tough to say. I'm the kind of guy you watch and you don't question my hustle. I leave it all out there like Mickey Mantle.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

Talerico: I had been in contact with just about every team in baseball, but I kind of thought that the Yankees would take me. On June 1st they had me out at the stadium for a workout and that was probably the best I've ever played in my life. I thought I really impressed them by hitting two shots into the upper deck.

PinstripesPlus.com: What did you think of the new stadium?

Talerico: I was really impressed. I thought it was great. It looks beautiful like a great hitter's park. It's definitely where I want to be in four years.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?

Talerico: I play outfield, mostly center field, and shortstop. They said they like me in the outfield because they like my potential arm strength and speed, but I think they'll be trying me in the infield a little bit too just to try some things out. But I think I'll probably stick in the outfield. I'm fine with however they want to use me.

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

Talerico: Definitely getting drafted and seeing my parents faces that all the hard work paid off and that I am going to be a Yankee.

PinstripesPlus.com: You've mentioned you're a Yankee fan, but who was your favorite player growing up?

Talerico: I have been a Yankee fan all my life. I'm not going to be cliché and say that Jeter was my favorite player. Instead I'm going to say Alfonso Soriano. He does it all and is really exciting to watch.

PinstripesPlus.com: 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?

Talerico: Right now I'm just going to take in the moment. I don't know what the process is like really. I'm going to just wait to hear from them and see what they have to say.

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\r\nJoseph Talerico: It's unreal. Wow, the Yankees, what great tradition. I'm from Jersey so I'm a Yankee fan, my girlfriend is a Yankee fan, and my parents are Yankee fans. This is a dream come true. I just hope I can keep working hard and move up through the system and end up in their outfield.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nTalerico: I'm a hard working player, the type that leaves it all out on the field. I never will take my abilities for granted. There may have been guys drafted ahead of me, but I'm determined to be a Yankee. I want to be a home grown talent.
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\r\nInitially they told me that I'll be heading to Florida and I think that my friend and old teammate Sean Black will be heading there too. It's a perfect fit.
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\r\nAs far as my game goes, I'm a 5-tool player. I can get on base, steal, make plays in the outfield, throw a guy out. Whatever it takes to win, that's the most important thing.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nTalerico: My hitting ability, my arm strength, and speed are my biggest strengths. As far as my weaknesses, I'll say that I'm constantly working on everything to try to get better. I'll never settle with what I have. What I really want to do this year is to just get comfortable, slow the game down, and just do what I have to do.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
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\r\nTalerico: Defense wins games so I know that is an important aspect. When I'm in the outfield I'm always hustling and busting for everything. My arm is probably my biggest strength defensively. I have a plus arm and I can throw 95 MPH from the outfield.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nTalerico: That's tough to say. I'm the kind of guy you watch and you don't question my hustle. I leave it all out there like Mickey Mantle.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nTalerico: I had been in contact with just about every team in baseball, but I kind of thought that the Yankees would take me. On June 1st they had me out at the stadium for a workout and that was probably the best I've ever played in my life. I thought I really impressed them by hitting two shots into the upper deck.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What did you think of the new stadium?
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\r\nTalerico: I was really impressed. I thought it was great. It looks beautiful like a great hitter's park. It's definitely where I want to be in four years.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
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\r\nTalerico: I play outfield, mostly center field, and shortstop. They said they like me in the outfield because they like my potential arm strength and speed, but I think they'll be trying me in the infield a little bit too just to try some things out. But I think I'll probably stick in the outfield. I'm fine with however they want to use me.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nTalerico: Definitely getting drafted and seeing my parents faces that all the hard work paid off and that I am going to be a Yankee.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You've mentioned you're a Yankee fan, but who was your favorite player growing up?
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\r\nTalerico: I have been a Yankee fan all my life. I'm not going to be cliché and say that Jeter was my favorite player. Instead I'm going to say Alfonso Soriano. He does it all and is really exciting to watch.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nTalerico: Right now I'm just going to take in the moment. I don't know what the process is like really. I'm going to just wait to hear from them and see what they have to say.
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