Q&A with Jays' 16th Round Pick Will Dupont

We talked to the Blue Jays' 16th round pick, Will Dupont, for a Q&A session. Find out what the second baseman from Lafayette High School in Missouri 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: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Blue Jays?

Will Dupont: Oh, it's a huge honor, and it's pretty exciting. I had a feeling I could be picked, and I did.

FutureJays.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?

Dupont: Well, I'm a middle infielder. I've got some speed. I can swing a little. I can do a lot of everything. You know, I play the game hard and I think I'm pretty solid up the middle and I do what I can in the field.

FutureJays.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Dupont: One of my strengths is athleticism and speed. I think those are some of the better things of my game. I can swing it, but I need to work on, honestly, everything. Probably fielding the most would be my number one thing to work on.

FutureJays.com: How about your defensive game?

Dupont: I'm primarily a shortstop, I was drafted as a second baseman. I can play three infield positions and I can catch some fly balls. But I feel like middle infield is my best bet of where I'm at and my best part of my defense is probably up the middle.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Jays' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Dupont: Robinson Cano is obviously one of my favorite players that I look up to. I think he's one of the best in the game, and Kelly Johnson, he plays for Toronto and he's great. And a lot of middle infielders, left-handed bats are kind of what I always idolize.

FutureJays.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Blue Jays or were you surprised when they selected you?

Dupont: Their area scout, I had been in touch with him since last year, and he seemed to really like me, and he's been at a ton of games this year, and I had a feeling it was going to be a select amount of teams and he had contacted me yesterday and this morning that I could be a big possibility for early in the draft tomorrow, which is today. And so, yeah, I had a really good feeling that it could be Toronto.

FutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Dupont: Well, being drafted is obviously a huge, huge memory that will always be with me. That probably itself and getting offers from schools - that and this [being drafted], and probably my two biggest memories so far, along with the team - so many I couldn't even begin to tell you.

FutureJays.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Dupont: My favorite team has always been the Cardinals, obviously because, you know, I'm from St. Louis. Hometown kid. Cardinals would be my favorite team. Favorite player when I was younger, Vladimir Guerrero, probably, was just when I was younger just because he'd swing at just about every pitch they possibly could throw him. He was probably my number one player when I was young.

FutureJays.com: What did you think of the World Series last season?

Dupont: Oh it was absolutely crazy. It was unreal. David Freese went to my high school, so it was crazy.

FutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Jays? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Dupont: Either one's a possibility, and, you know, I thought about either one. I'm just taking it all in and I'm kind of going to weigh my options in the next few weeks and see where I'm at, and hopefully make a decision sometime in the near future. Really, I'm not sworn either way yet on either one.

FutureJays.com: What goes into that decision?

Dupont: A ton of things. Maturity, if I'm ready, and I think I am, school, education, college - there's just so many things that factor in to what I could do and I need to weigh those in the next coming weeks and months and hopefully come to a decision some time after I've weighed the pros and cons, and whatever's best for me and whatever makes me happy, I think, is the ultimate decision that will give me the right answer.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Blue Jays?
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\r\nWill Dupont: Oh, it's a huge honor, and it's pretty exciting. I had a feeling I could be picked, and I did.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: Well, I'm a middle infielder. I've got some speed. I can swing a little. I can do a lot of everything. You know, I play the game hard and I think I'm pretty solid up the middle and I do what I can in the field.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: One of my strengths is athleticism and speed. I think those are some of the better things of my game. I can swing it, but I need to work on, honestly, everything. Probably fielding the most would be my number one thing to work on.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: How about your defensive game?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: I'm primarily a shortstop, I was drafted as a second baseman. I can play three infield positions and I can catch some fly balls. But I feel like middle infield is my best bet of where I'm at and my best part of my defense is probably up the middle.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Jays' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: Robinson Cano is obviously one of my favorite players that I look up to. I think he's one of the best in the game, and Kelly Johnson, he plays for Toronto and he's great. And a lot of middle infielders, left-handed bats are kind of what I always idolize.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Blue Jays or were you surprised when they selected you?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: Their area scout, I had been in touch with him since last year, and he seemed to really like me, and he's been at a ton of games this year, and I had a feeling it was going to be a select amount of teams and he had contacted me yesterday and this morning that I could be a big possibility for early in the draft tomorrow, which is today. And so, yeah, I had a really good feeling that it could be Toronto.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: Well, being drafted is obviously a huge, huge memory that will always be with me. That probably itself and getting offers from schools - that and this [being drafted], and probably my two biggest memories so far, along with the team - so many I couldn't even begin to tell you.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: My favorite team has always been the Cardinals, obviously because, you know, I'm from St. Louis. Hometown kid. Cardinals would be my favorite team. Favorite player when I was younger, Vladimir Guerrero, probably, was just when I was younger just because he'd swing at just about every pitch they possibly could throw him. He was probably my number one player when I was young.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What did you think of the World Series last season?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: Oh it was absolutely crazy. It was unreal. David Freese went to my high school, so it was crazy.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Jays? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: Either one's a possibility, and, you know, I thought about either one. I'm just taking it all in and I'm kind of going to weigh my options in the next few weeks and see where I'm at, and hopefully make a decision sometime in the near future. Really, I'm not sworn either way yet on either one.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What goes into that decision?
\r\n
\r\nDupont: A ton of things. Maturity, if I'm ready, and I think I am, school, education, college - there's just so many things that factor in to what I could do and I need to weigh those in the next coming weeks and months and hopefully come to a decision some time after I've weighed the pros and cons, and whatever's best for me and whatever makes me happy, I think, is the ultimate decision that will give me the right answer.
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