Lone Star Dugout Q&A: Davis Stoneburner

Shortstop James Stoneburner, the Rangers' ninth round pick in the 2007 draft, hit .324 with seven home runs in his senior season at James Madison University. Lone Star Dugout caught up with the 22-year-old shortly after he was drafted on Friday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers selected shortstop Davis Stoneburner with their ninth round pick on Friday afternoon.

A product of James Madison University, Stoneburner hit .324 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in his senior season with the Dukes. Lone Star Dugout talked with the 22-year-old shortstop shortly after he was drafted on Friday.

Jason Cole: Can you talk about what it means to you to be drafted by the Rangers?

Davis Stoneburner: It's like a dream. It's something that I've wanted to do my whole life and now I'm going to be able to play a game that I love while getting paid for it. I have a job that's actually a game. It is something I've looked forward to and wanted to do my whole life.

Cole: You were picked in the ninth round. Is that about where you were expecting to go in the draft?

Stoneburner: It is. I expected to go anywhere between the 8th and 15th rounds. I'm glad it was lower rather than higher.

Cole: How much did you know about the Rangers organization before they picked you?

Stoneburner: Quite a bit. I don't know too much about the organization, but I've been talking to the scouts and guys like that.

Cole: How much did you talk with the organization before they picked you?

Stoneburner: I've been talking to them for about two years. This is my second eligible draft year. I tore my ACL last year.

Cole: Are you fully healthy now?

Stoneburner: Yeah, I am.

Cole: How much have you talked with the Rangers since they drafted you?

Stoneburner: I just talked to the area scout. He's the one I had been talking to. He congratulated me and told me that we would talk on Saturday.

Cole: As a senior, do you expect to sign fairly quickly?

Stoneburner: Yes, very quickly.

Cole: What team did you follow while growing up?

Stoneburner: I followed the Atlanta Braves. I live in Richmond and one of their farm teams, the Richmond Braves, is here. It was fun to watch them come up and go to the major leagues.

Cole: What has been your best moment in baseball to this point?

Stoneburner: I would say that it is pretty much just having the chance to play everyday. I can't really pick out one. I love the game and every day is a new day. I just love it.

Cole: Were you happy with your season this past year?

Stoneburner: No. I think we should have done a little bit better. But we tried hard and you have no regrets because you gave it all you had.

Cole: What kind of hitter would you describe yourself as?

Stoneburner: I'm more of a line drive gap-to-gap hitter. Basically when I'm at the plate I think about trying to hit the ball right at the pitcher's head. Usually I look for a fastball and adjust.

Cole: You were a shortstop this year. Is that the position you would expect to play in the Rangers organization?

Stoneburner: Yes, it is.

Cole: Is there a major league player that you try to model your game after?

Stoneburner: I love Derek Jeter. I try to imitate him in any way possible. I just look up to him because I love the way he plays the game.

Cole: What are the biggest areas for improvement that you believe you could make to your game?

Stoneburner: Approach at the plate is one. I seem to get myself out a lot by swinging at bad pitches. I just have to gain knowledge every day while working on little skills and perfecting them. You can always get better everyday.

Cole: How do you believe your defense at shortstop has developed over the last couple of years?

Stoneburner: It's developed a lot. When I came into college I was actually an outfielder. They moved me to shortstop and made me a full-time shortstop.

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