Q&A with Yankees 18th round Pick Kevin Jacob

We sat down with Yankees' 18th round pick, Kevin Jacob, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Georgia Tech says about his stuff, his favorite player and how he'll fit into the Yankees organization, and more!

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

Kevin Jacob: I'm kind of surprised. I was just sitting down eating dinner and my cousin texted me and told me I got drafted [the internet was down at his house].

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

Jacob: I had never talked to them before.

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

Jacob: I played with a couple of guys that are in their farm system now, but that's pretty much all I know about it.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Jacob: I throw a 4-seam fastball in the upper nineties. I also throw a slider and I'm working on a split-finger change-up. I would classify myself as a power pitcher. I like to use my fastball to get ahead in the count. I'll throw my slider as well. One thing I could really work on is location of my pitches.

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

Jacob: I'm from Baltimore, so I've always been a big Orioles fan. One of my favorite players growing up was Nolan Ryan. Also Roger Clemens.

PinstripesPlus.com: 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?

Jacob: I would compare myself to Tim Lincecum. I don't have the changeup he does, which I don't think anyone does. I kind of got an unorthodox delivery. I'm a bit like Lincecum because of my delivery.

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

Jacob: I remember when I was playing in a 9-10 (years old) league, we won our last couple games of the season and took a champinonship. I also had a bunch of good times playing in high school [too].

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

Jacob: We just have to wait and see what happens and how everything plays out.

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

Jacob: The tradition there's great. Everyone knows that. I could see where it could be a problem for some players, but I don't see it being any different from pitching for any other team.

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\r\nKevin Jacob: I'm kind of surprised. I was just sitting down eating dinner and my cousin texted me and told me I got drafted [the internet was down at his house].
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nJacob: I had never talked to them before.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?
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\r\nJacob: I played with a couple of guys that are in their farm system now, but that's pretty much all I know about it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?
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\r\nJacob: I throw a 4-seam fastball in the upper nineties. I also throw a slider and I'm working on a split-finger change-up. I would classify myself as a power pitcher. I like to use my fastball to get ahead in the count. I'll throw my slider as well. One thing I could really work on is location of my pitches.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nJacob: I'm from Baltimore, so I've always been a big Orioles fan. One of my favorite players growing up was Nolan Ryan. Also Roger Clemens.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nJacob: I would compare myself to Tim Lincecum. I don't have the changeup he does, which I don't think anyone does. I kind of got an unorthodox delivery. I'm a bit like Lincecum because of my delivery.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nJacob: I remember when I was playing in a 9-10 (years old) league, we won our last couple games of the season and took a champinonship. I also had a bunch of good times playing in high school [too].
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
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\r\nJacob: We just have to wait and see what happens and how everything plays out.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
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\r\nJacob: The tradition there's great. Everyone knows that. I could see where it could be a problem for some players, but I don't see it being any different from pitching for any other team.
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