Q&A with Yankees 50th Round Pick Cody Stewart

Stewart has a commitment to UC-Riverside

The Yankees selected centerfielder Cody Stewart in the 50th round out of Great Oak High School in California. He sat down with us for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Yankees, which big league player he most resembles, if he's looking to sign quickly, and a whole lot more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees, especially right out of high school?

Cody Stewart: It's a privilege to get picked. It's great to just be selected by them because they are such a prestigious team.

PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Stewart: The type of player I am? I like to just put the ball in play. I try to be as much of a team player by playing another spot when I have to, or moving over. And picking people up when they get upset. And fitting in with the Yankees? I went to Tampa like last week or a week and a half ago. I got to work out there with them and it felt…it just felt right. It felt like something I can do and something that would be fun to do.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Stewart: Lets see, my weaknesses? I need to keep getting bigger, stronger. That will definitely help with my power and stuff. And lets see, my strengths? I'm pretty fast so I got that going for me. I'm left-handed and I hit left handed also so I guess that's good for now.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Stewart: I'm outfield obviously but I've played mostly outfield since I was around ten.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Stewart: I like to relate myself to Jacoby Ellsbury from the Red Sox and Grady Sizemore from the Indians. I like the way they present themselves on and off the field. They have great work ethic and are both fast. I try to model myself after them.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

Stewart: Well I kind of had some idea because I was talking to my local scout. He called me around 15 minutes before and said that [the Yankees] were going to choose me.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?

Stewart: I think the outfield is where I will be.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Stewart: My best moment in baseball would have to be during my junior year on my varsity team when we defeated our cross town rival, Temecula Valley, at the Lake Elsinore Storm stadium in the bottom of the 7th inning on a walk-off sac fly that was safe by inches at the plate.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Stewart: I've always really liked the Angels. I've been to a couple of their games. And like I said, favorite players would be Ellsbury and Sizemore.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Stewart: Well I still have to sit down with them and go over the details and stuff. I also have a scholarship to go to UC Riverside. Either one I go to will be pretty insane.

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