Q&A with Yankees 13th Round Pick Justin James

The Yankees selected outfielder Justin James in the 13th round out of Sacramento Community College. 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: So you were just drafted by the Yankees, can you tell me what is going through your mind right now?

Justin James: If there was a team to be selected by, it would be the Yankees. I have a history with the Yankees, my dad played for them. I was just down in Anaheim the other day watching the Yankee game. I am feeling pretty good right now.

PinstripesPlus.com: Can you talk about your game a little bit? What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankee organization?

James: I hit consistently, I know how to steal bases and I am pretty fast. I can also hit for power. I also bring athleticism to the Yankee club with my speed, power and size.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you consider your strengths and weaknesses?

James: My strength would be running, hitting, and know the strike zone pretty well. A weakness could be my defensive game and also my throwing arm.

PinstripesPlus.com: With your defensive game, what do you feel you would need to work on the most?

James: I would need to get my arm strength up.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so that the Yankees' fans can have a better idea of what your game is like?

James: Probably Jason Heyward.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

James: I have been in contact with a scout from the Yankees a couple months ago. He talked to my dad and I so I had an idea.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying as a left fielder or do you think there is a position that you may be moved to in order to round out a team?

James: I could move to center field. I think I could cover a lot of ground because like I said I am pretty fast so I could run and end up taking some hits away.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say has been your best moment in baseball and why?

James: It would probably have to be right now.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or did you idolize any players?

James: I never really had a favorite team growing up though I probably did gravitate to the Yankees because of my dad. As far as a favorite player goes I liked Ken Griffey Jr.

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

James: I'm not sure. My family and I really haven't discussed it yet. I am going to wait and see when they call back and then see what happens for now.

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\r\nJustin James: If there was a team to be selected by, it would be the Yankees. I have a history with the Yankees, my dad played for them. I was just down in Anaheim the other day watching the Yankee game. I am feeling pretty good right now.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Can you talk about your game a little bit? What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankee organization?
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\r\nJames: I hit consistently, I know how to steal bases and I am pretty fast. I can also hit for power. I also bring athleticism to the Yankee club with my speed, power and size.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you consider your strengths and weaknesses?
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\r\nJames: My strength would be running, hitting, and know the strike zone pretty well. A weakness could be my defensive game and also my throwing arm.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: With your defensive game, what do you feel you would need to work on the most?
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\r\nJames: I would need to get my arm strength up.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so that the Yankees' fans can have a better idea of what your game is like?
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\r\nJames: Probably Jason Heyward.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nJames: I have been in contact with a scout from the Yankees a couple months ago. He talked to my dad and I so I had an idea.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying as a left fielder or do you think there is a position that you may be moved to in order to round out a team?
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\r\nJames: I could move to center field. I think I could cover a lot of ground because like I said I am pretty fast so I could run and end up taking some hits away.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say has been your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nJames: It would probably have to be right now.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or did you idolize any players?
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\r\nJames: I never really had a favorite team growing up though I probably did gravitate to the Yankees because of my dad. As far as a favorite player goes I liked Ken Griffey Jr.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
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\r\nJames: I'm not sure. My family and I really haven't discussed it yet. I am going to wait and see when they call back and then see what happens for now.
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