Q&A with Mets 19th Round Pick Dustin Lawley

Lawley was selected 582nd overall

With their 19th round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the New York Mets selected University of West Florida center fielder Dustin Lawley. In this Draft Day Q&A, Lawley talks to Inside Pitch about his draft day, his reaction to be selected by the Mets, his best on the field moments and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets? What was going on during the phone call?

Dustin Lawley: I'm just excited to get the chance to play pro baseball and to live the dream. I wasn't doing anything today when it happened. I was just sitting around and my brothers kept getting text saying congratulations. I thought they were talking about our win in the college world series, but then I saw the Mets and I couldn't believe it.

Inside Pitch: Were you pretty surprised then? Or did you and the Mets have any discussions leading up to the draft?

Lawley: Yes, sir. I was surprised. I knew that I might get drafted. I had had a few talks with some of the clubs. But nothing prepared me for that feeling. I've never had that feeling.

Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?

Lawley: No, sir. The guy is going to come in and educate me on everything.

Inside Pitch: So you've made your decision then?

Lawley: Absolutely. Yes, sir – I'm going.

Inside Pitch: Getting to your game, what areas do you think are the strongest? What areas will you focus on improving once your professional career begins?

Lawley: I would say my speed and my batting and hitting. Also, tracking balls to the outfield. I can always improve on everything. Hopefully this gives me the chance to get better at everything and I can and move up the ladder of the organization.

Inside Pitch: You play centerfield. Do you see yourself staying there or changing positions?

Lawley: I think I might stay in that position, but I might move around. Right field, left field, or second base. I'm a utility guy so I could manage the switch. I played third base before and only started centerfield last year. So I could run anything they assign me.

Inside Pitch: To give our readers a little bit of an idea of what you look like out on the field, what big leaguer would you compare yourself to?

Lawley: Josh Hamilton. I'm not going to say I'm anywhere close to him, but Josh is who I aspire to be since I was really little coming up.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?

Lawley: New York Mets! [laughs] I actually bought a Reds hate the other day at a shop and was joking with my parents that I spent money on the wrong hat.

Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball so far?

Lawley: Probably the national championship – winning the college world series in Cherry, North Carolina. Coming of that and then getting drafted is exactly how you want your senior year to end.

Inside Pitch: As I'm sure you know, New York is known for its high intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of one day playing in New York.

Lawley: I'm just going to be cool with it. I'm a country boy from Alabama – go with the flow. Different atmosphere and experience. As long as I'm playing baseball I think I'll be alright.

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