Q&A with Mets 20th Round Pick Joey August

The Mets selected August 614th overall

With their 20th round pick, the New York Mets selected outfielder Joey August out of Stanford University. August, a former teammate of Savannah outfielder Sean Ratliff, discussed his draft process, his strengths and his thoughts on playing in New York in a draft day Q&A with InsidePitchMagazine.com

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

Joey August: It is hard to describe. I don't think it has fully sunk in yet. Everyone dreams of having their name affiliated with a professional team and to see my name show up with the Mets logo next to it was pretty unbelievable. The history of their organization goes on and on. I have some buddies who are in the organization now, so it is just a perfect situation and a great opportunity.

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?

August: A little bit surprised, because I hadn't talked with them a lot leading into the draft but I had a good relation with the area scout down here and he called me probably ten minutes before I got picked and gave me a heads up. I guess I am a little surprised, but it is an unbelievable opportunity and I can't even describe how excited I am.

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

August: One of my good friends and teammate from last year, Sean Ratliff, is in the organization so I have heard some stories and he has had some really great things to say. He said they draw really great crowds and it is just an awesome atmosphere to play in.

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?

August: Not really. My expectations were just to go. Being a senior I understood the money wouldn't be great and things like that but obviously I was just looking for an opportunity and a team that wanted me so I think I am in a great fit right now.

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?

August: I think I am a good defensive outfielder. I know how to get a good jump on the ball and for the most part I am a consistent hitter who can hit the ball to all fields. I just look forward to working with the coaches and other players and develop and see what type of player I can turn into

I would also like to get stronger, and see my power numbers go up. Also maybe work on my first step out of the box, get a little faster and steal some bases. Again, I am just excited to move on to the next level and work with people from the professional level and hear what they have to say.

Inside Pitch: Have the Mets given you an idea of what role they may assign you?

August: I haven't really talked to them yet but I am sure we will talk about it later. I would assume I will stay in the outfield but we will see.

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?

August: Back in high school I once got compared to Trot Nixon and he is one of the guys who I really idolize. Kind of a scrappy - runs all over the place - is not afraid to dive and get dirty - runs into the fence type outfielder.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team?

August: I was always a big A's fan because of where I grew up and I was a Jason Giambi fanatic as a little kid.

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

August: It has got to be in the World Series last year. To be part of the team that made a run and was a game away from the final championship series in Omaha. It was all an unbelievable experience and was something that no one can ever take away from me so that is definitely something I will always remember.

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.

August: I am excited about it because it is very cool to see how passionate Met fans are of their sport and team. It truly is a family and I am very excited to see how many people show up to games because I have heard that even at the low level in Brooklyn they draw really well so I am excited to be part of an atmosphere that is so passionate about the sport. I just don't think many people get to experience that at the college level.

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?

August: I will sign as soon as possible. I have graduation this weekend so I will enjoy that and enjoy my last weekend on campus with all of my teammates and friends. I plan on signing as soon as possible to get it all set up so I can get out there and start playing.

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