Q&A with Yankees' 7th Round Pick Austin Jones

The Yankees selected first baseman Austin Jones in the seventh round out of Edmonds Woodway High School in Washginton. He sat down with us for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Yankees, which big league player he most resembles, if he's looking to sign quickly, and a whole lot more.

PinstripesPlus.com: What does it feel like to be drafted by an organization such as the New York Yankees?

Austin Jones: It's a great honor. I am very blessed to have the opportunity. I'm still kind of speechless. I'm just ready to go play baseball.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of player do you see yourself as?

Jones: I believe I'm a quiet leader; quiet hard worker. I get all the work in that I need to get in and I do a lot of stuff behind the scenes. I believe I can hit for power and batting average so that's why I can be valuable.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Jones: My strength is I would definitely say my coach-ability and my overall ability to handle what changes the coaches want to make. My weakness is looking at stats and the mental approach of seeing them. I am also working on getting faster on the base paths.

PinstripesPlus.com: How do you feel your defensive game is?

Jones: I started playing first [base] three years ago and I started to catch last year. The Yankees asked me about playing first and the outfield. I feel like I'll be comfortable wherever I go.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who do you compare your game to at the major league level?

Jones: I would say Joey Votto because his swing and his approach at the plate are similar to what I do. Also, he is a first baseman too.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised that you were drafted by the Yankees?

Jones: I kind of went into today with the Astros and the Yankees being the top teams interested in me. I knew they liked me so I wasn't surprised.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think you'll be staying at the same position or moving to a different one?

Jones: I'll definitely start out at first base. But where I go is up to [the Yankees] and I'm open to do anything they ask to me to do but for as of right now I'll be a first baseman.

PinstripesPlus.com: What do you think is your best moment in baseball?

Jones: It was my past high school season because we had a young team and our goal was just to play to make it to the playoffs and we played well as a team and really gelled. We went to the state tournament and to do that is definitely my favorite moment.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did You have a favorite player or team growing up?

Jones: I definitely think, growing up, my favorite player was Edgar Martinez because he was the face of the Mariners and I used to mimic his swing as a kid. I guess now,[my favorite team] is the Yankees but I don't really have a favorite baseball team.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your plans right now? Do you plan to sign professionally or take your scholarship?

Jones: I committed to the University of Arizona and, right now, we haven't talked about money. I really couldn't tell you right now. It all depends on what they offer because it's one of the biggest decisions of my life.

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\r\nAustin Jones: It's a great honor. I am very blessed to have the opportunity. I'm still kind of speechless. I'm just ready to go play baseball.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What type of player do you see yourself as?
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\r\nJones: I believe I'm a quiet leader; quiet hard worker. I get all the work in that I need to get in and I do a lot of stuff behind the scenes. I believe I can hit for power and batting average so that's why I can be valuable.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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\r\nJones: My strength is I would definitely say my coach-ability and my overall ability to handle what changes the coaches want to make. My weakness is looking at stats and the mental approach of seeing them. I am also working on getting faster on the base paths.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: How do you feel your defensive game is?
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\r\nJones: I started playing first [base] three years ago and I started to catch last year. The Yankees asked me about playing first and the outfield. I feel like I'll be comfortable wherever I go.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who do you compare your game to at the major league level?
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\r\nJones: I would say Joey Votto because his swing and his approach at the plate are similar to what I do. Also, he is a first baseman too.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised that you were drafted by the Yankees?
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\r\nJones: I kind of went into today with the Astros and the Yankees being the top teams interested in me. I knew they liked me so I wasn't surprised.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you think you'll be staying at the same position or moving to a different one?
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\r\nJones: I'll definitely start out at first base. But where I go is up to [the Yankees] and I'm open to do anything they ask to me to do but for as of right now I'll be a first baseman.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What do you think is your best moment in baseball?
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\r\nJones: It was my past high school season because we had a young team and our goal was just to play to make it to the playoffs and we played well as a team and really gelled. We went to the state tournament and to do that is definitely my favorite moment.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did You have a favorite player or team growing up?
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\r\nJones: I definitely think, growing up, my favorite player was Edgar Martinez because he was the face of the Mariners and I used to mimic his swing as a kid. I guess now,[my favorite team] is the Yankees but I don't really have a favorite baseball team.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your plans right now? Do you plan to sign professionally or take your scholarship?
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\r\nJones: I committed to the University of Arizona and, right now, we haven't talked about money. I really couldn't tell you right now. It all depends on what they offer because it's one of the biggest decisions of my life.
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