With the 2008 MLB Draft all over and done with, PinstripesPlus checks in with Yankees Vice President…
Q&A with Yankees 8th Round Pick Dan Brewer
Dan Brewer: Oh man, I'm pretty excited, I was definitely relieved when I found out. I was just sitting by my computer, watching it on the internet. I was hoping to get picked on the first day, but I just wanted to get picked by any team, just have an opportunity, so I'm obviously very excited.
PinstripesPlus: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
Brewer: Well, I'm probably going to have to switch to second base at this next level. I run like a 6.9-60 [yard dash], so I'm hoping that I can lower that a little bit. Scouts I've spoken to have told me that I'm not the typical centerfielder, at least as far as speed goes. That said, I feel like I get good reads on the ball when I'm out there though. A lot of people— scouts, coaches — said that I might move into second base at this level. They said I'm not really a shortstop and I'm a bit undersized at third base. Probably, at second base, I'd hit better than most second baseman and if I can bring my defense up to a respectable level there, I can probably carry myself with offense. I just want to see what they want me to do, and I'll go from there.
PinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Brewer: My greatest strength would have to be my hitting. I've worked my butt off as a hitter, it's something I've really taken seriously, something I feel like I've really learned how to do. Playing in the Cape Cod League helped a lot this summer, just talking and watching how other players went about hitting, it really improved me as a player. My weakness would probably be my defense. I know that it takes repetition, it might even take a year for me to get fully comfortable at a new position. When I was younger, my strongest point was my defense, so it's funny how it has kind of flip-flopped as I've gotten older. I think I can work at it though.
PinstripesPlus: 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?
Brewer: As a centerfielder, a lot of people matched me with Aaron Rowand. I'll throw my body over the field, into walls like you see him doing. He's not the fastest centerfielder, but he's an offensive centerfielder, and so, I think I'd compare to him in the outfield.
PinstripesPlus: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
Brewer: I talked to almost every team in the league, and my advisors were specifically talking to the Red Sox, the Brewers, the Rockies, and the Twins, so I thought it was going to be one of them, but out of the blue, it was the Yankees. I'm thrilled about it though, and I'm really just ready to go.
PinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Brewer: My little league team, when we were 11 years old, was one out away from making the Little League World Series. That would've been amazing, no Illinois team has made it there in a while, so that would've been something. In college, against Evansville I hit a three-run homer to take the lead in the top of the ninth. So, it wasn't a "game winner", but it took the lead. Still, it's hard to pick. Any guy that's been playing baseball for this long will tell you they have so many memories.
PinstripesPlus: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Brewer: My favorite player was Cal Ripken Jr. A lot of guys look at the big time records — homeruns, batting average, RBI's — I think his record is one of the greatest records of all time. I try to play every game, every season. Of course, injuries happen, freak accidents happen, but still, I take playing every game very seriously. As far as favorite team, I was born and raised a Chicago White Sox fan. My host family last summer [during the Cape Cod League], were Red Sox fans, so they've been busting me a bit about now being a Yankee.
PinstripesPlus: 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?
Brewer: I'm hoping to just get my opportunity, and sign as soon as I can. I talked to Stan Lemke, and I'm just not one to hold out. Basically, I know I have to just get ready, start working out, and hopefully move up as fast as I can. I'm willing to play any position they want me to, and do what I need to do.
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