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Q&A with Mets 11th Round Pick Samuel Honeck
Samuel Honeck: Oh man, I am just totally psyched. It has always been my dream to play Major League Baseball and now I have the chance so hopefully I can just go out there and play my best.
Inside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? Did you and the Mets have any discussions leading up to the draft?
Honeck: Not really, they were one of the teams I went and had a workout with, and they told me they were really looking at me a lot.
Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?
Honeck: I don't know much at all actually. I know they said if they picked me that I would be going somewhere around the New York area, I think possibly Brooklyn.
Inside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you may have gone in the draft? Did you have any range of rounds you anticipated being selected or did you just prepare to be drafted at any time?
Honeck: Not really, I knew going into it as a senior that I wont have much bargaining rights and I know that wherever they picked me I would kind of need and say yes. Going in I just wanted to get picked so that I would have a chance to play.
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?
Honeck: Definitely hitting, hitting and defense. People like to say that first base is really a hitter's position but I thrive on my defense, and to back it up I have a lot of power and can do a lot of things with the bat. I will work on improving my power to the opposite field, that is one of the things that I have been working on the past couple of years and have definitely improved it, but still I know that there is room for more improvement.
Inside Pitch: You played first base during your college career, do you see yourself staying at that position? Have the Mets given you an idea of what role they may assign you?
Honeck: Yes and no. I have been at first just about my entire life. I pitched a little in high school and junior college but if they want to move me to the outfield which we briefly touched on then I am all for it. Whatever I can do to get to the top fastest.
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?
Honeck: Mark Grace, who also happened to be my favorite player growing up.
Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team?
Honeck: I liked watching the Cubs.
Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball so far?
Honeck: Probably right now.
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?
Honeck: I thrive under pressure in my opinion and I can't wait to get up there and show them what I can do.
Inside Pitch: 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?
Honeck: My immediate plan is definitely to sign.
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