Brian Joynt: They picked me in 2004 as a draft-and-follow and I guess getting picked up by them again makes me feel pretty good that they wanted me again. They have an idea of who I am and I like the ballclub too.
It was the 50th round last time so you moved up quite nicely.
Brian Joynt: Exactly. I was a lot younger then and have matured quite a bit these last two seasons. A lot of hard work paid off.
What was it that you learned. You say you matured but what was it from a baseball standpoint that stands out for you?
Brian Joynt: There are so many big bumps in the road. Some people take them in different ways. I had a really bad junior year and have matured from it, learned quite a bit and came back and had a great year my senior year. I think if I had went to professional ball I don't know if I could have handled it with the support I had at the university level. That helped me along the road.
You hit as many homers as you had strikeouts. That is probably pretty rare.
Brian Joynt: I was seeing the ball pretty good this year. I would have liked to have less strikeouts but you can't really help the umpires.
Do you consider yourself to be a prototypical power hitter or what is your game?
Brian Joynt: I would consider myself an all-around hitter. I can hit for batting average and hit some home runs. I batted .438 on the year with 18 home runs. I was up there on the team for batting average and home runs. I would consider myself just an all-around hitter.
Have you looked within the system at third base? That position would seem to be one of the strengths.
Brian Joynt: I really haven't but I did hear from a few people that they were looking for first base/third base type guys. Looking at the draft they did not pick up too many and I have not looked at it too much. I had not heard if they were strong or not.
You mentioned first base in the equation – where do you profile best on the infield?
Brian Joynt: They actually drafted me as a first baseman in '04. They picked me as a first baseman this year. I can move around and have some versatility and can play a couple of different positions.
Third base I have played for three years and it is still a little new to me. I have adjusted quite a bit and feel pretty good over there.
What do you look forward to most going into professional baseball?
Brian Joynt: Playing a game for a living. It is a childhood dream and now I get to experience it. I am having a great time and really enjoying it.
You also stole seven bags this year. Is speed something that may be a little deceptive but you still possess?
Brian Joynt: I am not lightning quick but if I have to take a bag on someone I will take a bag. I can turn the jets on once and a while, but I am not that leadoff speed they are looking for. I have a little bit of deceptive speed, yes.