Draft Q&A: 12th Rd. Pick Walter Crancer

Walter (better known as "Wally") Crancer is a power-hitting corner outfielder drafted by the Orioles in the 12th round. Inside, he dishes about the most improved part of his game and where he'll start his professional career.

ITW: Did you know the Orioles were interested in you before you were drafted?

Wally Crancer: Kind of. I talked to some teams more than most and they were one of them, so I figured they were in the miWally Crancer.

ITW: Are you signed yet?

Wally Crancer: Yeah, I signed.

ITW: Do you know where you are going to be starting?

Wally Crancer: Yeah, I'll be in Aberdeen.

ITW: They announced you as a right-fielder in the draft. Are there any other positions you play?

Wally Crancer: In junior college, I played a little first base. Other than that, I played, pretty much, right field the whole time.

ITW: Is that where you feel most comfortable?

Wally Crancer: Yeah, right field is where I feel most comfortable.

ITW: Who did you grow up rooting for?

Wally Crancer: I'm an Angels fan. I grew up an Angels fan. I didn't live too far away from there, so, pretty much my whole life, I was an Angels fan.

ITW: What part of your game would you say that you've improved the most since coming to college?

Wally Crancer: Probably my discipline at the plate. I think I don't strike out too much, I don't throw at bats away.

ITW: Who are you represented by?

Wally Crancer: Actually, right now, I don't have an agent. I was advised through the draft by one of our coaches at Georgia Tech.

ITW: Do you have any pre-season goals or eWally Crancerpectations switching to using a wooden bat?

Wally Crancer: Well I've played in summer leagues with a wooden bat, so I'm not really worried about that. I just want to play the whole season without getting hurt, have fun, and, hopefully, have a chance to move up in the system.

ITW: Finally, has the organization been in contact with you about anything else? Is there anything they want you to focus on in preparation for the season?

Wally Crancer: No, I've been in Sarasota at the mini-camp since Monday. We've just been working out and getting ready.

Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via email at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com

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