Q&A with Logan Watkins

Second baseman Logan Watkins was a 21st-round bonus baby in the 2008 draft. The product of Goddard High School (Kan.) signed for $500,000 and went on to bat .325 with three doubles and 14 RBI in 27 games in the Arizona Rookie League. Watkins was assigned to short-season Class Low-A Boise last month following an impressive stint in the Cubs' extended spring training camp.

Q: You've played second base this year early. Do you expect to see more playing time at other positions like shortstop and the outfield?

A: I want to be able to play all over the field with no doubt or uncertainty in my manager's mind about putting me where I'm needed on the field. So we'll see what happens throughout the season.

Q: Do you see yourself staying at second in the long-run, or maybe shifting around the infield or to the outfield?

A: I hope to not just be a second basemen but a utility player. I feel like your value as a player goes up significantly that way.

Q: You've got a real "contact" swing. Are you hoping to add power to your swing by getting stronger as you mature?

A: I have actually been driving the ball a lot more this year and just, overall, feeling stronger at the plate this year. Last year, I was 10 pounds lighter than I am right now and I hope to keep that trend every season to get stronger.

Q: One of your strongest attributes is plate discipline, and you finished last season with a .462 on-base percentage. How much pride do you take in being an "on-base" guy?

A: I treat 'OBP' more seriously than batting average. I feel like I am a good baserunner, so if I am not getting on base then I am not doing my job. I grew up with the mentality of doing whatever it takes to do your job, and being a leadoff or number two hitter, that is our job -- to get on base.

Q: Were you happy with the way your extended spring training camp went?

A: I was very happy with extended. I hit around .340 and led the team in walks and hits. I was saying to myself that I hope I'm not getting too hot at the plate too early in the season, and since I have been in Boise I have cooled off a bit [9-for-39, seven walks, four strikeouts]. But I am staying level-headed and I know that I'll start getting hits to fall again. I also got some much needed innings at shortstop during extended.

Q: In high school, you were a multi-sport athlete and a quarterback on your high school football team. Even before you signed, how long did you know that you wanted to play baseball as a professional instead of football?

A: Honestly, I feel more confident in myself on the football field than I do the baseball field. In football, I just could be an athlete with the ball in my hands. I am an extremely competitive kid and football fits me perfectly. I still miss it like crazy. But I knew very early that baseball was my future. Professionally, the odds are better for baseball. The biggest difference in football and baseball for me is the amount of [knowledge] that baseball requires. You can never stop finding something to improve on in baseball, and I enjoy making myself a better player.

Q: It's been said that speed is your biggest weapon. Do you see yourself getting the green light on the bases more and more this season?

A: Yeah, I usually always have the green light unless told otherwise. Baserunning is the most natural thing for me but I still have so much to learn as far as stealing and reading balls off the bat goes.

Q: What are your impressions of the Boise team and the group of guys you're playing with after the first week or so?

A: We have a very young team in Boise with a bunch of kids under 20 years old, and the few older guys we do have are all in their first year or second year of pro ball. So we are all learning the game still, but we have so much talent. We will be so much better series to series. By the time playoffs come around, I think we will be right in the mix.

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