Q&A with Yankees 31st Rnd Pk Kevin Cornelius

Cornelius has already signed with the Yankees

We sat down with Yankees' 31st round pick, Kevin Cornelius, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Also drafted by the Yankees in the 42nd round back in 2011, find out what the shortstop from Grayson County College in Texas says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, and much more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

Kevin Cornelius: It's a great feeling. They're my favorite team. It's a dream come true, honestly.

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?

Cornelius: I'm a kind of guy that works hard and tries my best all the time, giving 110 percent. I'm just going to do what I can to find a spot, move up in the organization, and help the team out.

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

Cornelius: I'm more of an offensive guy. I have to work on my defense and find a place where they can put me and get a spot here.

PinstripesPlus.com: What specifically about your defensive game do you have to work on?

Cornelius: Right now it is working at short and just getting better there. If they have me moving at all, then getting used to a new position.

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?

Cornelius: I would like to compare myself to Matt Holliday of the Cardinals. He shows up early, works hard, goes about his business quietly and gets the job done.

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

Cornelius: They talked to me quite a bit and I knew that was the team I was going to go to. It's always a happy situation and a little bit of surprise when you get drafted because you never know for sure. I had an idea of the round I would be selected but really, had no idea.

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

Cornelius: I really don't know at this point. Anything could happen.

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

Cornelius: Probably getting drafted by the New York Yankees and taking it. Every player looks forward to getting drafted and hopefully this is the beginning of a long career.

PinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned the Yankees were your favorite team -- is that correct? And who was your favorite player growing up?

Cornelius: Favorite team was the New York Yankees and my favorite player was Derek Jeter. He's the captain of the team and does everything right. The Yankees are a great organization. They are classy and I like to win like they do.

PinstripesPlus.com: You've already signed with the Yankees. What do you want Yankees' fans to know about you?

Cornelius: I am going to do everything in my ability to make it to the MLB as soon as possible.

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