TigsTown: How does it feel to be drafted?
Jamie Johnson: Oh I'm excited – extremely excited.
TT: Did you think there was a chance you were going to get drafted to the Tigers?
JJ: They talked to me about as much as a couple other teams did. I knew some teams were leaning toward me and some teams weren't interested in me, but beyond that I wasn't sure.
TT: For those that didn't follow you and the Sooners, tell Tigers' fans a little about how your 2009 season went.
JJ: We ended up as the #7 national seed, hosted a regional but lost Arkansas in the regional. They got real hot and we played them at the wrong time. We were also a half game behind Texas, who won the Big XII, in the conference.
TT: And what about yourself?
JJ: I was first team All-Big XII, All-Big XII tournament team as well as All-Regional team.
TT: Tell us about your skill-set and what type of player you are.
JJ: Well I'm a smaller guy – 5-8, maybe 5-9, so I have to play as hard as I can because I need to get every little bit I can outta my smaller frame since I'm not like those bigger guys that are 6-4, 200 pounds. I've always liked Pete Rose, just because he was a get after it type of guy, so I try and play hard like that and always get after it 24/7.
TT: What do you feel is your biggest strength at this point in your development?
JJ: At this point, I consider my batting to be my strong point – average wise, I see and hit the ball real well. Like everything else, I just try to outwork everyone else.
TT: Where do you still feel you have to work to do?
JJ: I really want to learn to bunt better, and I talked with a few scouts about that. With my speed and the fact that I hit from the left side, it could be a real plus, but I've never been taught how to bunt real well.
TT: Have you had any conversations yet with the Tigers about a contract, and do you expect to sign?
JJ: Haven't had any contract talks yet – they just called me earlier and congratulated me and told me that they'd call back later with more details. But I'm 100% interested and ready to sign.
TT: Do you have a personal or professional goal as far as your baseball career is concerned?
JJ: I've just always wanted to play in the major leagues – obviously getting drafted was a start and a great thrill, but I've always had high expectations of myself. And that ultimate goal is to get to the big leagues.
TT: Finally, anything you'd like to say as the newest member of the Detroit Tigers?
JJ: I'm just extremely excited, I don't think any player that you'll find will play as hard or work as hard as I will for you and for my team.
TigsTown would like to thank Jamie for taking the time to speak with us and congratulate him on his recent selection!