Q&A With Sox 18th Rd Pick Shaq Green-Thompson

The Boston Red Sox selected outfielder Shaq Green-Thompson in the 18th round out of Grant High School in California. We sat down with him for a draft day Q&A session to get his thoughts on being drafted by the Red Sox, to get an idea on his strengths and weaknesses, who he would compare himself to at the big league level, and much more.

DiehardMagazine.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Red Sox?

Shaq Green-Thompson: This is a great opportunity for me. I want to first thank the Red Sox for drafting me. I couldn't be happier. This is all a dream come true in so many ways.

DiehardMagazine.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Red Sox?

Green-Thompson: I play outfield, mostly centerfield. I love meeting new people and learning more about the game. I can't wait to work my way through the minors and meet a ton of people within the club.

DiehardMagazine.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Green-Thompson: Honestly, every part of my game needs improvement. I can improve my whole game and that'll be what's best for me moving forward. I want to get to know the game of baseball more and to constantly learn and improve.

DiehardMagazine.com: How about your defensive game?

Green-Thompson: Defensively, everyone can always use improvement.

DiehardMagazine.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Sox' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Green-Thompson: I'm probably like a Josh Hamilton or Matt Kemp. I'm always running balls down in the outfield, but I do have a lot of growing to do as a player just coming out of high school.

DiehardMagazine.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Red Sox or were you surprised when they selected you?

Green-Thompson: I didn't hear my name in the moment like I thought I would. But I did get a call from the Red Sox congratulating me. I was so excited and hyped up to get the news. Then I was just relieved to finally get the news.

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

Green-Thompson: I'm hoping to stay in centerfield, but I could play anywhere in the outfield if need be. I just want to improve my skills defensively to be at the best level.

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

Green-Thompson: [Draft day], my best moment in baseball was [draft day] when I got the call from the Red Sox congratulating me. You don't feel that emotion everyday.

DiehardMagazine.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Green-Thompson: As a kid, I really looked up to Barry Bonds early in his career. He was so dominant. But now I look to guys like Matt Kemp of the L.A. Dodgers. And as far as teams go, I like the Oakland A's because I'm from California. And they'll probably be mad at me for this, but I've always liked the New York Yankees from an early age. I know, I know, some will be upset hearing that.

DiehardMagazine.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Sox? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Green-Thompson: I really want to learn in the minor leagues. I plan to sign and work my way up through Double-A and Triple-A ball. I want to see the pitching, the speed of the game and the level of competition that is involved. I'm so excited.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Red Sox?
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\r\nShaq Green-Thompson: This is a great opportunity for me. I want to first thank the Red Sox for drafting me. I couldn't be happier. This is all a dream come true in so many ways.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Red Sox?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: I play outfield, mostly centerfield. I love meeting new people and learning more about the game. I can't wait to work my way through the minors and meet a ton of people within the club.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: Honestly, every part of my game needs improvement. I can improve my whole game and that'll be what's best for me moving forward. I want to get to know the game of baseball more and to constantly learn and improve.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: How about your defensive game?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: Defensively, everyone can always use improvement.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Sox' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: I'm probably like a Josh Hamilton or Matt Kemp. I'm always running balls down in the outfield, but I do have a lot of growing to do as a player just coming out of high school.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Red Sox or were you surprised when they selected you?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: I didn't hear my name in the moment like I thought I would. But I did get a call from the Red Sox congratulating me. I was so excited and hyped up to get the news. Then I was just relieved to finally get the news.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: I'm hoping to stay in centerfield, but I could play anywhere in the outfield if need be. I just want to improve my skills defensively to be at the best level.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: [Draft day], my best moment in baseball was [draft day] when I got the call from the Red Sox congratulating me. You don't feel that emotion everyday.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: As a kid, I really looked up to Barry Bonds early in his career. He was so dominant. But now I look to guys like Matt Kemp of the L.A. Dodgers. And as far as teams go, I like the Oakland A's because I'm from California. And they'll probably be mad at me for this, but I've always liked the New York Yankees from an early age. I know, I know, some will be upset hearing that.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Sox? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
\r\n
\r\nGreen-Thompson: I really want to learn in the minor leagues. I plan to sign and work my way up through Double-A and Triple-A ball. I want to see the pitching, the speed of the game and the level of competition that is involved. I'm so excited.
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