Q&A with Jays' 11th Round Pick Grant Heyman

We talked to the Blue Jays' 11th round pick, Grant Heyman, for a Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from Pittsford Sutherland High School in New York has to say about his game, his strengths and weaknesses, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, if he's looking to sign quickly, and more!

FutureJays.com: Let me first congratulate you on being drafted by the Blue Jays. Tell me what it feels like to be selected by them.

Grant Heyman: It's an unreal feeling, I can't even explain it. My dad and I —well, my whole family — my mom, my brother, my sister, we were all waiting on the computer. I got a call from the Blue Jays, then we hear my name get picked and we were just so happy. It's unreal.

FutureJays.com: Did you have any talks with the Blue Jays before the draft? Were you expecting them to be the ones calling?

Heyman: Yeah, only there were definitely some other teams that were pretty close to picking me. Actually a few teams were calling right before the Blue Jays' pick. I'm just glad that the Blue Jays called me and told me that they were going to pick me in the 11th round. I can't be [happier]. They have a great minor league system, so I'm really excited about it.

FutureJays.com: Talk a little bit more on how much you know about the Blue Jays minor league system and the organization in general

Heyman: Everyone I've talked to says they have a great owner, great general manager; a guy that really cares about his players, and they have a great minor league system. Which is huge, because obviously I'll be going to the minor leagues and it's important that I get developed. I couldn't be [happier] with the organization that picked me.

FutureJays.com: What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?

Heyman: I'm a 6-foot-4, 200 pound outfielder. I bring some power from the left side; I swing lefty, throw righty. I'm fast, but I just want to be an athlete for them, be a guy who can do a lot of different things — play the outfield but also provide some power and some average to their lineup as well. But I'm just really doing whatever they ask of me, just help the team win.

FutureJays.com: Do you think, then, you'll stay as an outfielder?

Heyman: I think so. I have a big frame so I'm sure they'll put some weight on me. I don't know what their actual plans are but that's where I see myself and that's where I've been told I'm probably going to play in the future.

FutureJays.com: You spoke about your power, would you say that's your main strength that you can give the organization?

Heyman: It's hard to say. I think I have tremendous upside. I think that what I can bring to the table is just overall athleticism — being able to run, power, doing whatever they ask, really.

FutureJays.com: How about anything you need to improve on while you make the climb through the organization?

Heyman: I think really the biggest thing is experience. I just need to play more baseball games, get coached up, get more experience because I'm a raw baseball player so I think that's the thing I'm most looking forward to, improving, just get more experience, more at-bats.

FutureJays.com: Has there been a major leaguer people have compared your game to or anyone in the league right now you compare yourself to?

Heyman: [laughs] Well that's a good question, because I'm not nearly as good as anyone in the majors. But I love the way Josh Hamilton plays the game. Someday I would love to be like him, just the way he plays it. He brings power to the left side, runs well in the outfield, tracks fly balls, has a good arm. So I just try to emulate him.

FutureJays.com: What would you say is the best moment in your baseball career so far?

Heyman: When I hit a home run in the state championship game my sophomore year. Our team won the state championship and that's been my biggest moment.

FutureJays.com: Is there any team you followed growing up?

Heyman: That would be the San Francisco Giants, but I guess that all changed within the last couple hours.

FutureJays.com: Are you planning on getting signed rather quickly and starting your career?

Heyman: Yeah, the Blue Jays are going to come to my house and we're going to talk. Unfortunately graduation here in Rochester is late. We don't graduate until the end of June so there's still time until I can head down to the minors but I'm sure we'll figure that all out and work things out.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Let me first congratulate you on being drafted by the Blue Jays. Tell me what it feels like to be selected by them.
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\r\nGrant Heyman: It's an unreal feeling, I can't even explain it. My dad and I —well, my whole family — my mom, my brother, my sister, we were all waiting on the computer. I got a call from the Blue Jays, then we hear my name get picked and we were just so happy. It's unreal.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have any talks with the Blue Jays before the draft? Were you expecting them to be the ones calling?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: Yeah, only there were definitely some other teams that were pretty close to picking me. Actually a few teams were calling right before the Blue Jays' pick. I'm just glad that the Blue Jays called me and told me that they were going to pick me in the 11th round. I can't be [happier]. They have a great minor league system, so I'm really excited about it.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Talk a little bit more on how much you know about the Blue Jays minor league system and the organization in general
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: Everyone I've talked to says they have a great owner, great general manager; a guy that really cares about his players, and they have a great minor league system. Which is huge, because obviously I'll be going to the minor leagues and it's important that I get developed. I couldn't be [happier] with the organization that picked me.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: I'm a 6-foot-4, 200 pound outfielder. I bring some power from the left side; I swing lefty, throw righty. I'm fast, but I just want to be an athlete for them, be a guy who can do a lot of different things — play the outfield but also provide some power and some average to their lineup as well. But I'm just really doing whatever they ask of me, just help the team win.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you think, then, you'll stay as an outfielder?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: I think so. I have a big frame so I'm sure they'll put some weight on me. I don't know what their actual plans are but that's where I see myself and that's where I've been told I'm probably going to play in the future.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You spoke about your power, would you say that's your main strength that you can give the organization?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: It's hard to say. I think I have tremendous upside. I think that what I can bring to the table is just overall athleticism — being able to run, power, doing whatever they ask, really.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: How about anything you need to improve on while you make the climb through the organization?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: I think really the biggest thing is experience. I just need to play more baseball games, get coached up, get more experience because I'm a raw baseball player so I think that's the thing I'm most looking forward to, improving, just get more experience, more at-bats.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Has there been a major leaguer people have compared your game to or anyone in the league right now you compare yourself to?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: [laughs] Well that's a good question, because I'm not nearly as good as anyone in the majors. But I love the way Josh Hamilton plays the game. Someday I would love to be like him, just the way he plays it. He brings power to the left side, runs well in the outfield, tracks fly balls, has a good arm. So I just try to emulate him.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is the best moment in your baseball career so far?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: When I hit a home run in the state championship game my sophomore year. Our team won the state championship and that's been my biggest moment.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Is there any team you followed growing up?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: That would be the San Francisco Giants, but I guess that all changed within the last couple hours.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Are you planning on getting signed rather quickly and starting your career?
\r\n
\r\nHeyman: Yeah, the Blue Jays are going to come to my house and we're going to talk. Unfortunately graduation here in Rochester is late. We don't graduate until the end of June so there's still time until I can head down to the minors but I'm sure we'll figure that all out and work things out.
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