Q&A with Mets 17th Round Pick Stefan Sabol

Sabol hasn't been able to focus on one position

With their 17th round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Mets selected catcher Stefan Sablo out of Orange Coast College. In this exclusive Draft Day Q&A, he talks about his process of being drafted by the organization, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, if he's looking to sign quickly, and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Mets.

Stefan Sabol: It's still a big honor...they liked me the most out of any other team in the league so I'm very happy and humbled to get picked by them.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Can you talk about your game a little bit? What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?

Sabol: Well, I think I have a lot of good tools as a player. I still have potential, I think, to be a five-tool guy, and I bring a lot of athleticism to the game and most people would think I probably play football, but I play baseball instead. But I don't know, I love the game and wherever they're going to put me, whether outfield or whatever, I'm gonna be more than happy to play there.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Sabol: I think my strengths are my athleticism and the tools that I bring to the game. I think as far as weaknesses, probably just getting to play every day and find the position that I can actually focus on. The past few years I've always played multiple positions, never really focused on one, so that will be the big thing this year.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Do you have one position where you feel most comfortable?

Sabol: I feel comfortable with any position really. It just depends where they want me to go and wherever they think I'll make it to the big leagues fastest.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level just to give Mets' fans an idea of what your game is like?

Sabol: Well I've always kind of said maybe almost like, you guys used to have a guy named … Carlos Gomez on the Mets. I'm probably not as fast as him, he's a speed demon, but I would say probably if I played the outfield I would probably be somewhere similar to him, just a little bit slower.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?

Sabol: I didn't think [the organization] would draft me [necessarily], but I definitely knew they had interest. It surprised me a little bit, but at the same time I wasn't overly, like, hit from the blindside or anything like I didn't talk to the team at all.

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

Sabol: That's a tough one. I don't know. I think probably recently this year was going to the Final Four for junior college baseball for California. We ranked No. 1 in the nation this year. We didn't win it all, but we got to the Final Four and I thought that was pretty neat, to be in college sports and get that far.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Sabol: When I was growing up, I was always an Angel fan, so always went out to the games. Probably only live about 20 minutes, 25 minutes away from the ball park so I always went down there.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Sabol: Well I'm gonna go up to summer ball in the Cape, in Cape Cod, and then I'm playing for Brewster this summer and I think the guys from the Mets organization are gonna come out and watch and then hopefully we'll get things situated fast and I don't have to stay there the whole summer, but they'll probably come out and watch and then make an offer and see where we go from there.

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