Q&A with Yankees 13th Round Pick Jack Rye

Rye says he can hit for average

We sat down with Yankees' 13th round pick, Jack Rye, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from Florida State says about being drafted by the Yankees, who his coach compares him to at the big league level, what he feels are his strengths as a player, and more.

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

Jack Rye: It was a big thrill for me. I know so much about the Yankees, they are such a big organization with a lot of history and I am glad to be a part of it.

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?

Rye: I definitely see myself of more of a gap hitter who can hit for average than someone who hits the ball out of the park. I'm not a home run hitter, and my defense has gotten better and better every year. I've been working as hard as I can to be the best.

PinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Rye: I would say my strengths as a player would be my hitting, especially hitting for average and being consistent. My weakness would be a lack of power to the opposite field, but with a lot of strength and conditioning I could improve that.

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?

Rye: My coach compared me to Mark Grace, and I know he's not playing anymore, but a lot of people have heard of him and I can see where he is coming from.

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

Rye: I knew the Yankees were interested and I couldn't be happier by getting selected by them. I was speechless when it happened, it was so surreal.

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

Rye: I can see myself playing any of the three outfield positions or possibly first base, but being left-handed it limits the positions I can play. But I see the outfield as a good hit for me, at any spot.

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

Rye: Besides getting drafted by the Yankees, I would say [Sunday] hitting a home run in my last college at-bat.

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

Rye: When I was young, I really enjoyed watching Ken Griffey Jr. when he was with the Seattle Mariners.

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?

Rye: I definitely want to get started as soon as I can. I'll have to take care of some things when the college season is over, but I want to sign and get started this summer with my career as a Yankee.

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