Q&A with Yankees 46th Round Pick Nathan Forer

We sat down with Yankees' 46th round pick, Nathan Forer, for a Post-Draft Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Southern Illinois University says is his best pitch, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the organization.

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

Nathan Forer: With a team like the Yankees, with the history and reputation they have, there is definitely no better team to get picked by. So, it was pretty cool and really exciting. It did not really hit me until I got that phone call, but it sure was a good phone call to get.

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

Forer: I talked to my coaches and they told me that the Yankees were one team that they had been speaking with a little bit. There were other teams that I had talked to a little more. I did know that the Yankees were a possibility and in the end, I'm glad that it was.

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

Forer: I know they have a great rep of developing pitchers and treating their players very well. I'm really looking forward to finding out.

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?

Forer: [In] college, I started a lot. I used four pitches in my senior year, but in my junior year I was a three-pitch guy. The summer going into my senior year I developed my changeup. My out pitch is my slider, it's been my go-to, out-pitch for a while, but I like to mix my out-pitches. But that is my best secondary pitch.

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

Forer: Being from Toronto, I was a bit of a Jays fan, but my dad has always been a big Yankees fan. He was the first one to give me a call when my name came up on that ticker. We were both really excited and I'm so glad to be going to the Yankees.

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?

Forer: I couldn't really say, but every time I go out there I pound the zone and go at guys with my best stuff.

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

Forer: Every day I step onto the field. I don't take any day for granted. I'm in a spot that not a lot of people get to be in. I appreciate where I am and what I've worked for.

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

Forer: I'm a guy that likes challenges, and if there is a challenge at my doorstop I'm going to work hard and fight to reach my goal. I enjoy pressure situations. I like the adversity and testing myself. So I think I will be okay in pressure situations.

PinstripesPlus.com: Now that you've signed, have the Yankees mentioned anything about where you will begin your minor league career?

Forer: I've heard a couple things, but I think a lot of it is based on what happens over the next couple days. No definite answers right now, but we'll see how it goes.

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\r\nNathan Forer: With a team like the Yankees, with the history and reputation they have, there is definitely no better team to get picked by. So, it was pretty cool and really exciting. It did not really hit me until I got that phone call, but it sure was a good phone call to get.
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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\nForer: I talked to my coaches and they told me that the Yankees were one team that they had been speaking with a little bit. There were other teams that I had talked to a little more. I did know that the Yankees were a possibility and in the end, I'm glad that it was.
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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\nForer: I know they have a great rep of developing pitchers and treating their players very well. I'm really looking forward to finding out.
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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\nForer: [In] college, I started a lot. I used four pitches in my senior year, but in my junior year I was a three-pitch guy. The summer going into my senior year I developed my changeup. My out pitch is my slider, it's been my go-to, out-pitch for a while, but I like to mix my out-pitches. But that is my best secondary pitch.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nForer: Being from Toronto, I was a bit of a Jays fan, but my dad has always been a big Yankees fan. He was the first one to give me a call when my name came up on that ticker. We were both really excited and I'm so glad to be going to the Yankees.
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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\nForer: I couldn't really say, but every time I go out there I pound the zone and go at guys with my best stuff.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nForer: Every day I step onto the field. I don't take any day for granted. I'm in a spot that not a lot of people get to be in. I appreciate where I am and what I've worked for.
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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\nForer: I'm a guy that likes challenges, and if there is a challenge at my doorstop I'm going to work hard and fight to reach my goal. I enjoy pressure situations. I like the adversity and testing myself. So I think I will be okay in pressure situations.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Now that you've signed, have the Yankees mentioned anything about where you will begin your minor league career?
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\r\nForer: I've heard a couple things, but I think a lot of it is based on what happens over the next couple days. No definite answers right now, but we'll see how it goes.
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