Q&A with 27th Round Pick Derrick Loveless

We sat down with Blue Jays' 27th round pick, Derrick Loveless, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from Solon Senior High School in Iowa says about his game, his thoughts about starting his professional career now, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: How did it feel getting drafted by the Jays, what were your first thoughts?

Derrick Loveless: At first I didn't really know what to think of it, it hadn't really hit me yet that I'd been drafted. Then I talked to [area scout] Wes Penick and started to realize that somebody actually noticed me and felt pretty good.

FutureJays.com: Did the Jays talk to you much before the draft, were you surprised it was them who picked you?

Loveless: They were the ones that had contacted me most the last year. I talked to Wes a couple times and actually met with them to talk about the draft. He was actually filling me in on how things would go but I didn't actually know where I would be picked when I got drafted. I was just hoping that somewhere along the line someone would draft me, but I'm pretty happy with where I was picked.

FutureJays.com: What did the Jays say they like most about your game?

Loveless: Wes said my swing was getting a lot better. That's what he was watching most about me, to see if my at-bats would get better, if I would get more rhythm.

FutureJays.com: How would you describe you game, what kind of player are you?

Loveless: I‘d say my strongest asset is probably speed. I'd say my power and at-bats have also improved quite a bit since last year because I've been hitting a lot.

FutureJays.com: You were drafted as a left fielder. Do you see yourself switching positions, are you happy with playing LF going forward?

Loveless: I can play anywhere they put me in the outfield. It doesn't really matter. I normally play center in high school but wherever they have me I'll play.

FutureJays.com: Do you feel you have the arm strength to play right field or centerfield?

Loveless: It depends on improving ground time and working on arm strength.

FutureJays.com: You mentioned speed was a big part of your game. Is that your biggest strength and what areas do you need to improve on heading into next year?

Loveless: My main areas of improvement are probably my at-bats, I'm still working on that trying to perfect it. Also my speed. I am pretty quick but I would like to improve on that, it would definitely help me in the outfield taking routes and tracking down balls.

FutureJays.com: To give fans a sense of your game, is there a major league player you can compare you game to right now?

Loveless: I don't really know who to compare myself to.

FutureJays.com: What has been the best moment in your baseball life so far?

Loveless: I think probably when I was in eighth grade, getting my first start as a Varsity player. That was probably my favorite moment just because I was so young and I never really expected it to happen.

FutureJays.com: Growing up what was your favorite team and your favorite player?

Loveless: My favorite team was the Chicago Cubs [and] probably Alfonso Soriano because he played for my favorite team, but also because of how good a player overall he was. He could hit and play defense.

FutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans? Do you see yourself signing? Is it your intention to get your pro career started early or is school still a priority for you?

Loveless: School is always a priority for me and my family so I mean it just kind of depends. I have to talk to Wes and he's going to take me through things. I do want to start a major league career soon but education will play an important roll in my decision.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: How did it feel getting drafted by the Jays, what were your first thoughts?
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\r\nDerrick Loveless: At first I didn't really know what to think of it, it hadn't really hit me yet that I'd been drafted. Then I talked to [area scout] Wes Penick and started to realize that somebody actually noticed me and felt pretty good.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Did the Jays talk to you much before the draft, were you surprised it was them who picked you?
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\r\nLoveless: They were the ones that had contacted me most the last year. I talked to Wes a couple times and actually met with them to talk about the draft. He was actually filling me in on how things would go but I didn't actually know where I would be picked when I got drafted. I was just hoping that somewhere along the line someone would draft me, but I'm pretty happy with where I was picked.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What did the Jays say they like most about your game?
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\r\nLoveless: Wes said my swing was getting a lot better. That's what he was watching most about me, to see if my at-bats would get better, if I would get more rhythm.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: How would you describe you game, what kind of player are you?
\r\n
\r\nLoveless: I‘d say my strongest asset is probably speed. I'd say my power and at-bats have also improved quite a bit since last year because I've been hitting a lot.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: You were drafted as a left fielder. Do you see yourself switching positions, are you happy with playing LF going forward?
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\r\nLoveless: I can play anywhere they put me in the outfield. It doesn't really matter. I normally play center in high school but wherever they have me I'll play.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you feel you have the arm strength to play right field or centerfield?
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\r\nLoveless: It depends on improving ground time and working on arm strength.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: You mentioned speed was a big part of your game. Is that your biggest strength and what areas do you need to improve on heading into next year?
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\r\nLoveless: My main areas of improvement are probably my at-bats, I'm still working on that trying to perfect it. Also my speed. I am pretty quick but I would like to improve on that, it would definitely help me in the outfield taking routes and tracking down balls.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: To give fans a sense of your game, is there a major league player you can compare you game to right now?
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\r\nLoveless: I don't really know who to compare myself to.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What has been the best moment in your baseball life so far?
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\r\nLoveless: I think probably when I was in eighth grade, getting my first start as a Varsity player. That was probably my favorite moment just because I was so young and I never really expected it to happen.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Growing up what was your favorite team and your favorite player?
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\r\nLoveless: My favorite team was the Chicago Cubs [and] probably Alfonso Soriano because he played for my favorite team, but also because of how good a player overall he was. He could hit and play defense.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans? Do you see yourself signing? Is it your intention to get your pro career started early or is school still a priority for you?
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\r\nLoveless: School is always a priority for me and my family so I mean it just kind of depends. I have to talk to Wes and he's going to take me through things. I do want to start a major league career soon but education will play an important roll in my decision.
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