Charles Haslup was drafted by the Yankees in the 26th round of the 2012 MLB draft out of the University of Marlyand. He began his career in Staten Island where he pitched to a 3.18 ERA and a 3.61 FIP in 17 innings out of the bullpen, but has only appeared in 5.2 innings at Short Season in 2013 so far. The right-hander was nice enough to answer a few questions for us about his professional playing career.
What is the best part about being in the Yankees organization?
The best part about being with the Yankees is being a part of the best organization in baseball. They take care of us and do everything possible to make us the best players we can be.
What is the biggest difference between pitching in college and pitching in pro ball?
The biggest difference between college and pro ball is the level of competition. In pro ball every hitter is one of the better players on their college team and you just gotta make pitches and compete.
What do you hope to improve upon in your second season at Staten Island?
During my second season I hope to be as consistent as possible on the mound and each time I'm out there do everything I can to help the team get W's.
What is the strongest part of your game?
The strongest part of my game is my ability to compete. I learned in college that no matter what stuff you have that day you have to be able to go out on the mound when called upon and get people out and throw up zeros.
What has been the best moment of your career so far?
The best part of my career so far was this past season my dad got to see me in the Yankee pinstripes on a road trip to Aberdeen. My dad battled ALS "Lou Gehrig's" disease for many years of my baseball career but was there for every step. He passed away this November so it meant a lot for him to be able to see me reach that ultimate goal my family put so much time into.
In your opinion what does a reliever have to do in order to find success?
In order to be successful as a reliever I think you have to control what you can control, which is going out and competing day in and day out. You also have to forget the bad outings you might have quickly because the next day you may have to get out of a tough spot and give the team a chance to get a win.
I want to thank Charlie for taking the time to answer some questions. Be sure to follow him throughout the season and on twitter @Chaslup1.