Right-hander Brady Lail was the Yankees' 18th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft and debuted with the GCL Yankees that year. He appeared in one game with the Tampa Yankees this season, but has spent most of the 2013 season on the GCL Yankees 1 team. With them he has a 3.38 ERA and a 9.7 K/9 in 21.1 innings through five starts as a 19-year-old. He was kind enough to answer a few questions about his professional career in the Yankees' system and how his game has developed so far.
What adjustments have you had to make going from high school to pro ball?
The biggest adjustment was probably to take everyday to fine tune myself, to be able to adapt to the grind, to stay healthy and just be able to compete against the best.
What did you take away from your one start at High-A Tampa?
That High-A debut made me realize how important it is to attack hitters and to keep the ball down. I was able to pick apart some of the other starting pitchers brains during that time and it definitely helped out my maturity level on the field.
What is the strongest part of your game?
The strongest part of my game is probably my confidence on the mound and just the ability to throw strikes.
What are you looking to improve on the most in your first full year of pro ball?
I'm looking to add maybe a few more ticks on my velo. But most important is just to stay confident with all my pitches and being able to throw them all in any count.
What type of pitches are in your repertoire?
My repertoire includes a four-seam fastball, circle change, knuckle-curve and i have just been developing a sinker.
What has been the greatest moment in your professional career so far?
My greatest moment so far is probably that High-A debut, even though the result isn't what I wanted. I was able to learn so much and I just enjoyed the great experience in general!
You can follow Brady in the Gulf Coast League and on Twitter @blail3