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Q&A with Yankees 8th Rnd Pick Brandon Thomas
Brandon Thomas: It's a great honor and a great opportunity to play for a team with such a rich tradition in baseball.
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?
Thomas: I see myself as a guy who can do a little bit of everything. I bring speed. I bring a lot of speed to the outfield and around the bases. I'm a switch-hitter. I'll hit for a high average from both sides of the plate. I work hard and I feel like my game matures after I generate more power as well.
PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Thomas: My ability to make adjustments during the game and my drive to do everything to help my team win. I wouldn't say I have any weaknesses. I would say I'm always working hard to improve in all areas of my game.
PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
Thomas: I cover a lot of ground in centerfield. I get good reads and I have a strong throwing arm also. I have a lot of fun playing the outfield.
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?
Thomas: I would say a cross between Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury. And if you want to go a little bit further back than that—Steve Finley.
PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
Thomas: They contacted me throughout the year a little bit so I wasn't necessarily shocked but I also didn't know that's who was going to draft me so that was certainly exciting when I heard my name called and the Yankees selected me.
PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Thomas: I certainly think that I'll play centerfield but luckily I played left field and right field through my career so if they need me somewhere else I can play there, but I definitely view myself as a centerfielder and I think I give my team the best chance to win when I play centerfield.
PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Thomas: My best moment is winning the ACC championship. And after that it will be when I step foot to play my first professional game. Winning for me is just a big thing. I love to win so the ACC championship was awesome because that was my first ring that I've ever gotten. Then playing my first professional game will be accomplishing one of the goals I've set for myself in my life. And then after I do that I'll have to reevaluate and set a new set of goals.
PinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Thomas: I grew up in Atlanta so the Braves were my favorite team but now it's definitely the Yankees. I grew up watching Andrew Jones playing centerfield. As I've gotten older and reevaluated, I really like watching Jacoby Ellsbury and I've found some Steve Finley stuff that I really like to watch as well.
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?
Thomas: I plan on signing a 9 month contract and starting to play in the minor leagues!
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