Q&A With Jays' 31st Round Pick Derrick Chung

We talked to the Blue Jays' 31st round pick, Derrick Chung, for a Q&A session. Find out what the shortstop from Sacramento State has to say about his game, his strengths and weaknesses, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: First off, congratulations on being selected in the draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Blue Jays?

Derrick Chung: It feels amazing; this has felt like a long week for me. I was listening to the draft tracker on the radio and they finally called my name. It is a great feeling and great to hear my name.

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?

Chung: I was a shortstop for a long time, but then I converted to catcher in college because team needed one at the time. We didn't have one. I was fine with that and now I am back at short. I am comfortable with everything in the infield, especially the middle with short and playing second.

FutureJays.com: What may be a weaker part of your game that you will work on in the future?

Chung: I need to get stronger. I am more of a line drive hitter. I would like to get more power, that will help.

FutureJays.com: Why is your fielding game such a strong feature in your game?

Chung: I've been playing my entire life at shortstop. It was my first and only spot I played until college when I played catcher. When I am at shortstop, I feel at home.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Jays' fans have an idea of what kind of player they are getting?

Chung: Michael Young is someone I would like to be like. He is a great and patient hitter. He is a great leader and I think I'm like him in that aspect. He does what the team needs in order to win, no matter where he is in the lineup.

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

Chung: The Blue Jays were the main team. I was focused on them and they seemed to be focused on me, as well.

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

Chung: I think I would be just fine, for years I've been moving around in the field, I think I'll be just fine.

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

Chung: Next to getting drafted, this year we won the conference championship. We swept Hawaii then in the conference championship. That was the biggest moment before this.

FutureJays.com: Growing up, did you have a player or team growing up?

Chung: I'm a huge Anaheim Angels fan. I grew up in southern California. I like Michael Young, even though he is a Ranger. I grew up watching him, I want to be a player like him.

FutureJays.com: I'm assuming that as a fifth year senior that you're looking to begin your professional career now that you have been drafted, no?

Chung: Yes, right away. I've been dying to play professional baseball for the past two to three years. I am now done with school, so I am putting my focus on baseball 150 percent.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: First off, congratulations on being selected in the draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nDerrick Chung: It feels amazing; this has felt like a long week for me. I was listening to the draft tracker on the radio and they finally called my name. It is a great feeling and great to hear my name.
\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\nChung: I was a shortstop for a long time, but then I converted to catcher in college because team needed one at the time. We didn't have one. I was fine with that and now I am back at short. I am comfortable with everything in the infield, especially the middle with short and playing second.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What may be a weaker part of your game that you will work on in the future?
\r\n
\r\nChung: I need to get stronger. I am more of a line drive hitter. I would like to get more power, that will help.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Why is your fielding game such a strong feature in your game?
\r\n
\r\nChung: I've been playing my entire life at shortstop. It was my first and only spot I played until college when I played catcher. When I am at shortstop, I feel at home.
\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 kind of player they are getting?
\r\n
\r\nChung: Michael Young is someone I would like to be like. He is a great and patient hitter. He is a great leader and I think I'm like him in that aspect. He does what the team needs in order to win, no matter where he is in the lineup.
\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\nChung: The Blue Jays were the main team. I was focused on them and they seemed to be focused on me, as well.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved around to another position?
\r\n
\r\nChung: I think I would be just fine, for years I've been moving around in the field, I think I'll be just fine.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
\r\n
\r\nChung: Next to getting drafted, this year we won the conference championship. We swept Hawaii then in the conference championship. That was the biggest moment before this.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Growing up, did you have a player or team growing up?
\r\n
\r\nChung: I'm a huge Anaheim Angels fan. I grew up in southern California. I like Michael Young, even though he is a Ranger. I grew up watching him, I want to be a player like him.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: I'm assuming that as a fifth year senior that you're looking to begin your professional career now that you have been drafted, no?
\r\n
\r\nChung: Yes, right away. I've been dying to play professional baseball for the past two to three years. I am now done with school, so I am putting my focus on baseball 150 percent.
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