With their thirteenth round pick the Yankees choose Jack Rye, an outfielder from Florida State…
Q&A with Yankees 13th Round Pick Jack Rye
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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