Top Prospect Alert Interview:
Ned Yost IV -- Milwaukee Brewers
By Ben Lipson
The son of the Milwaukee Brewers manager by the same name, Ned Yost IV is hoping to one day have the opportunity to share the dugout with his father in the big leagues. The 24 year old completed his first full season as a pro batting a combined .259 with 7 homeruns and 52 rbi's between Low-A West Virginia and High-A Brevard County.
Top Prospect Alert is pleased to bring you an interview with Milwaukee Brewers first base prospect Ned Yost IV.
TPA: When did you first realize you were a pretty good
baseball player? What was your little league / youth
league experience like? Was there a time when you had
to decide that you were a baseball player first and
scale back participation in other sports as a kid?
NY: I first realized that I was a pretty good baseball
player when I was a senior in high school. My junior
year I didn't start a single game and had maybe 20 at-bats. I knew that if I wanted to play my senior year
that I would have to work pretty hard. Well all that
hard work paid off and I helped our team make it to
the State Championship Series and was voted our team
MVP. I never really played any other sports as a
child. Baseball was my favorite sport so that is all
I ever wanted to play.
TPA: What was it like growing up in a baseball family?
Did you get to hang out with your dad on the road
while growing up?
NY: Growing up in a baseball family was awesome. Having
the opportunity to go to the park almost everyday and
just watch major league players practice and play and
be right there next to them is unbelievable. I did
get to travel with my dad when I was younger. Me and
my two brothers usually went on two road trips a year.
We always tried to pick the longest two trips of the
summer so we could be with the team as long as
TPA: What was it like playing at three different
colleges in five years? Why did you jump around so
much? What factors led you to go from Georgia to
Dallas Baptist and then from Dallas Baptist to UW
NY: Playing at three different colleges was a lot of fun.
I got to play a lot of different teams and against a
lot of different people. I have lived in Georgia for
most of my life so getting a chance to live
in Texas and Wisconsin for a year was pretty neat. I
left UGA because I knew that to have a chance to play pro
baseball, I needed to play every inning of every game
and I wasn't getting that where I was. I received a
few offers after I got my release and narrowed it down
between DBU and UW Oshkosh. I chose the warmer of the
two schools and went to DBU. I broke my wrist the
summer before I went to DBU and had it casted but it
never fully healed. After the season ended I had my
wrist checked out again and the doctors told me that I
needed surgery on it for it to heal completely. I
then made the decision to transfer again to UW Oshkosh
to be closer to the doctors that did my surgery in
case I had any other problems with it.
TPA: What was the feeling when you signed your first
NY: Signing my first contract is something that I will
never forget. Just the thought of having the chance
to be on the same team as my father one day was
TPA: What was your first spring training like? What was
it like getting the chance to hit off some big league
pitching and to play for your dad?
NY: Spring training was a lot of fun once I got used to
waking up at 5:00 am every morning. I have made some
good friends on the team so getting to hang out with
them day in and day out was fun. Having the chance to
hit off big league pitching was unbelievable. The
biggest name that I had an at bat against this past
spring was probably Matt Morris. As soon as I got
home I called all of my friends and was like "You
won't believe who I faced today". But the best part
of the spring was getting the chance to play with my
dad. He hasn't had the opportunity to see me play
very much in my life so the couple of games that I got
to travel with him was pretty special to me.
TPA: What's been the biggest difference between college
and pro ball and what adjustments have you had to make
to deal with those changes?
NY: The biggest difference between college and pro ball is
the length of the seasons. In college you play about
70 games and you play around 140 games in pro ball.
The biggest adjustment I had to make was keeping my
body well rested and in shape, and to eat right. When
you are constantly on the go it is tough to sit down
and eat a good meal instead of picking up some fast
food, or to get a good nights rest.
TPA: Being one of the older players on the West Virginia
roster last season, what type of leadership role did
you take on with younger players?
NY: I am usually not the most outspoken in the locker room
so I try to lead by example. But if some of my
teammates did have any problems or concerns they would
come to me and ask my advice or ask me to talk to our
TPA: What was the toughest adjustment in moving from the
Sally League to the Florida State league late in 2006?
How big of a difference was there in the pitching you
NY: The toughest adjustment for me was the weather. It
rained almost every day I was in Florida and to stay
mentally prepared to play a game that night when it
looked like a monsoon outside was really hard for me.
The only difference in pitching that I saw was that
the pitchers in the FSL are a little bit more
consistant with all of their pitches.
TPA: What's been your best memory so far as a pro, both
from an playing standpoint, as well as one from
something that's happened while on the road in
NY: My favorite memory so far happened this past summer.
We were losing 1 to 0 going in to the bottom of the
9th and I was the 7th batter up that inning. I really
wasn't expecting to have another at bat that game but
it turns out that we tied the game up and had the
bases loaded with two outs. I came up to the plate
and smoked the first pitch that I saw. I saw that the
ball was headed for the gap in right center and the
outfielders weren't going to reach it, so I was
excited that I had just won the game. But then I
realized that the ball cleared the fence for a walk
off grand slam. I had never hit a grand slam or a
walk off homerun in my life until then. There isn't
really a lot of crazy things that happen on the road
but one of my favorite memories was this past summer
when we stopped for a few hours in Washington DC. We
walked around and saw all the sites. I had never been
before so I thought that it was pretty cool.
TPA: Aside from your father who has been most
influential to you during you baseball career and why?
NY: There are many people that have influenced me in my
career but two that stick out to me are Rick Eckstein
and Steve Foster. They both have taught me a ton
about the game on and off the field.
TPA: What does a typical day in the offseason consist
of for you.
NY: I work construction from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day. Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday I go to the gym after
work and lift weights for a couple of hours. I then
come home and eat some dinner, rest for a little bit
and then go up to my high school and hit and throw.
TPA: What are your plans after your playing career is
NY: I think after my playing career is over I would like
to try coaching.