First-Year Player Draft

[Interview] Get to know Zach Linginfelter, the New York Yankees 16th round draft pick

Zach Linginfelter was selected by the New York Yankees with the 488th overall pick in 16th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The University of Tennessee commit is one of the more physical high school pitchers in this year’s draft. Zach attended Sevier County High School in Sevierville, Tennessee this past season.

Linginfelter has flashed one of the best fastball/slider combinations available out of all the high school draft eligible players. His fastball has been clocked anywhere between 88 and 96 miles per hour and contains sink with arm side run. Zach also throws a change up that features some sink, but is unquestionably a work in progress.

Evaluators have said that he uses his big frame and high ¾ arm slot to throw on a downward plane. He repeats his delivery well enough to throw strikes, but contains a wrist wrap that makes his slider lose effectiveness.

Q: Congratulations on being selected by the New York Yankees in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. What an amazing accomplishment. How did you initially find out that the Yankees were taking you with their 16th round selection?
“A: I got a call from their area guy, Darrell Monroe.”

Q: With such a historic and storied franchise selecting you today, what is your reaction to the Yankees drafting you?
“A: I am really excited about it. With a club like this that’s won so many World Series, it’s an honor that they are interested and think highly enough of me. Just really excited.”

Q: Prior to the draft, what where your communications with the New York Yankees Scouting Department?
“A: Going into to the draft, I really didn’t know where I was going to go or to what team. I talked to them a little bit and they told me they were interested but I didn’t know how it was going to play out.”

Q: Leading up to today’s events, were the Yankees the organization that showed the most interest in you?
“A: Yeah, they showed a little bit more interest than other clubs.”

Q: Do you expect to sign with New York quickly, or do you expect that it will be a longer process?
“A: I’m not sure yet to be honest.”

Q: As you can imagine, Yankee fans are always extremely interested in who the organization selects in the draft. Can you give the fans a brief scouting report on yourself?
“A: A big tall power right handed pitcher with a good build and velocity. I have a pretty good slider and a change up that has come a long way since the fall.”

Q: If you had to compare yourself to a current MLB player who would it be and why?
“A: I really don’t have a comparison, I feel like I am my own player.”

Q: Who has been the most influential person (or people) in your baseball career thus far?
“A: I would probably say both my parents, honestly. They are just always there for me and haul me around the country to play.”

Q: Last Question, before I let you go, can you please describe how your overall draft experience been?
“A: It’s been great. I’m excited to be selected by the Yankees.”

Zach, thank you so much for your time. Best of luck to you in the future. Hope that you enjoy the rest of this special day with your family and friends.


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