Eighth round pick Taylor Grote got his first taste of professional baseball last Friday, collecting…
Q&A with Yanks 8th Rd Pick, Taylor Grote
Taylor Grote: Well it's a great opportunity. It's obviously a great organization. They're real great people to be around, just a lot of fun and I'm just really excited about this opportunity.
PinstripesPlus: How do you see yourself meshing with the Yankees? What type of player are you?
Grote: I think I play hard. I'm always willing to get better and I think there will be some good opportunities for me to learn from the coaching within the organization. Where I fit in, I guess we'll have to find out, I'm not too sure right now.
PinstripesPlus: What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?
Grote: I think I play all aspects of the game pretty well. There are definitely things I'd like to work on, but I don't think I have one all-out weakness.
PinstripesPlus: Whose game can you compare yourself to?
Grote: Well I'm not obviously up to his skills now, but Carlos Beltran, someone like that who really hits for power, hits for average, can run and throw, and do a lot of different things well.
PinstripesPlus: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or surprised at their selection?
Grote: I knew it was a possibility. I wasn't surprised but I didn't know for sure. You know, just a little of both.
PinstripesPlus: Do you think you'll stay as a centerfielder with the Yankees or do you expect to be moved to other positions on the field?
Grote: I don't really know what they have in store for me. I played centerfield for my high school team. I actually started my baseball career when I was younger as a catcher, that was kind of always my main thing. When I was twelve I started playing outfield pretty much full time.
PinstripesPlus: What do you consider your best moment on the field?
Grote: The State Championships. My highs chool team was state champion and voted national champions by Baseball America and USA Today. That was probably my greatest on-field baseball moment. And today [getting drafted] would definitely be up there.
PinstripesPlus: Do you have a favorite player and favorite team?
Grote: I would have to go with, currently, either Lance Berkman or Manny Ramirez. Besides the Yankees, my favorite team would probably have to be the Astros.
PinstripesPlus: What are your plans now that you've been drafted?
Grote: Well, I'm not signing today, but within the next week or two I'll hopefully be signing.
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