Yankees quotebook: Spring Training interview extras, Part 2
TAMPA - Every Spring Training, we at YES conduct interviews with many of the players in Yankees camp, and space those sessions out to bring you great content throughout the spring.
As Spring Training 2017 turns into the regular season, though, we still have a handful of transcripts that we've yet to turn into features; we don't want them to go by the wayside, so what we've done is pulled a few fun, interesting, or noteworthy nuggets from each of those transcripts and put them in a quotebook format for you to enjoy.
It's not quite a lost archive, but you can call this our digital extra: the best of the players you haven't yet heard from this season. Part one featured six players on the 40-man roster as the season opens, and in part two, we check in with four Yankees prospects.
JAMES KAPRIELIAN on being a bulldog on the mound but humble off it: "It's a fine line to walk, to be honest. When I'm on the mound, I truly believe I'm the best pitcher in the world, and I don't care who is up; it's almost cockiness, just kind of a swagger you have to carry. But, at the same time, this game is humbling, so the minute you open your mouth or think you're the man, the game's going to put you back in place really quick. I think everybody learns that at some point. I want to be the best, so I work hard every day to be the best."
BRADY LAIL on winning the Governors' Cup and Triple-A National Championship in 2016: "It was crazy! Especially when we went down in Game 1 (of the Governors' Cup Finals). Nobody was doubting, but we worked our butts off to get back and win it. We beat ourselves that game, but it showed us that we weren't invincible, and really humbled us; that got us going again, and we worked even harder to win it. Celebrating at the end, being with all those guys that grinded all year - it's not a short year by any means but, a lot of us were there from day one, so it was exciting. And seeing skip (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Al Pedrique) smiling and crying at the end was the best part; we needed to win for him, because of how much time he put in for us."
NICK RUMBELOW on Tommy John surgery and the rehab process: "It was a quick decision. Meeting with Dr. Ahmad, I trusted that them telling me to go forward with the surgery was going to be a positive thing. So, I had surgery at the end of April, and the first couple months are very slow, just getting extension back in your arm, and then everything starts to speed up. You'll start throwing and start moving your arm a little bit more, and then the process just really takes off. Once you feel completely healed - for me, it was probably around five or six months in when I felt strong again with my arm - it just makes you confident you're on the right track. So yeah, my season ended in April, but for me, it was a transition; I had to take the positives out of the situation, and I may still have a few months of rehab left, but now I'm back here and everything feels good."
GLEYBER TORRES on whether or not he feels the pressure of being a top prospect: "No, not really. I mean, I'm happy and proud - everyone wants to see the prospects, so that's nice - but I just keep working hard because everything is the same no matter what you're called. Yes, I want to show everyone that everything they say about me is true, but you also want to enjoy yourself while you do it. I love baseball, so I just want to go out there and keep working hard and showing potential."