Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interview With 2013 36th Round Draft Pick Nestor Cortes

The Greedy Pinstripes presents our latest exclusive interview with Yankees 36th round draft pick from the 2013 MLB First Year Players Draft Nestor Cortes. Nestor is a left handed pitcher coming out of high school in Miami and compares a whole lot to Gio Gonzalez in my opinion, which we found out why if you read below. I hope you guys enjoy this interview as much as I did while I was doing it. With that said here is the interview with the latest Yankees Nestor Cortes. Enjoy!

The Greedy Pinstripes: Describe your draft experience for us? Stressful? Who did you speak with in the Yankees organization? etc

Nestor Cortes: My draft experience was quite a good one. I was speaking to the area scout down in Miami , great man. Basically on the phone during draft

TGP: In honor of Ian Clarkin we have to ask who your favorite team was growing up?

NC: My favorite team growing up was the Florida marlins. Home town team. Always believed in them. And they're rookie players

TGP: Do you think your size will make it harder for you as a pitcher in the majors?

NC: My size won't be an issue. It's not about size it's about heart, desire, and competitiveness

TGP: Did you play any other positions coming up? 

NC: Growing up I was a center fielder. Once I got to high school I became a right fielder, starting my junior year I became a pitcher

TGP: What has been your biggest inspiration in baseball??

NC: The skill it takes to be a baseball player not everyone can play baseball. It's an art.

TGP: What is your best asset you think you bring to the table?

NC: I'm a competitor I like to be under pressure and get that final strike or final out.

TGP: What do you think you will specifically work on this year? 

NC: Being in control of the game, pound the strike zone, and make good pitches.

TGP: Where did you learn to throw that absolutely nasty change up?

NC:  As a kid never knew how to throw a change up but always heard that hardest pitch to hit was a change up. So I did some research, asked my Coach about and started throwing but didn't perfect till my senior year where I can throw it 3-2 with no issue. It's my favorite pitch

TGP: Where will you be starting your Yankees career? 

NC: I'm in the gcl league now in tampa

TGP: What position do you think you will play when you start down in the Yankees system?

NC:  I'm pretty sure I'll be a reliever cause of the amount of innings I had in high school

TGP: As a player how do you feel about the new draft rules and the slot recommendations for salary?

NC: I mean it really doesn't affect who you are as a player. I think the money doesn't determine the player you are. A 40th rounder is no Different than a 1st rounder. It's the type of player and heart you have to play this game

TGP: Be honest, were you disappointed to go in the 36th round ??

NC: I wasn't disappointed at all. Everybody wants to be a 1st rounder but if you think about there is only about 1200 kids that are drafted I was one of them. We are talking about the whole world here. I'm very happy I got the opportunity

TGP: Do you have any regrets in your baseball life? 

NC:  I have no regrets i say everything happens in the order and the way it needs to happen.

TGP: What current major league player would you compare yourself and style of play to?

NC:  I compare myself to Gio Gonzalez (and so do I)

TGP: Do you consider yourself to be a strike out pitcher or a finesse pitcher? 

NC: (no answer given)

TGP: Most famous person in your cell phone?

NC: Gio Gonzalez he is a great person who gives me advice.

TGP: Any embarrassing songs in your iPod?

NC: Yes it's called a thousand years the theme song to twilight

I want to thank Nestor Cortes for taking the time to do this interview for us on twitter and being a Greedy Pinstripes follower. I love this guy's attitude and what I read about his work ethic and love having him on the team. Good luck to you Nestor in everything you do inside and outside of this game and thank you again for this opportunity to speak with you and talk baseball. You can follow Nestor on twitter by following @Cortes_1210 and you can follow us on twitter by following @GreedyStripes.

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