Q&A with Yankees 29th Rnd Pick Charles White

We sat down with Yankees' 29th round pick, Charles White, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from the University of Maryland says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, and much more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

Charles White: The Yankees organization is the most prestigious in the league. It was an awesome feeling. I worked my whole life to be able to get drafted and for it to be the Yankees is such an honor.

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

White: I'm more of a speed guy that tries to get on base and steal bases. I'm someone who creates runs. I like to use my legs and my speed. I don't strike out much. I'll take a walk, hit-by-pitch, whatever it takes. I feel like I'm also a good defender in the outfield. I can track down balls and I have a good arm.

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

White: My strengths are my speed, the ability to get on base, hit line drives, and keep the ball on the ground so I can use my speed. My weakness is probably my lack of power, but I've never really tried to hit for power because it's not a part of my game.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

White: I get good jumps off the bat so I'm able to track balls down and cover the gaps. I played centerfield all year and I used my speed to my advantage.

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

White: I kind of compare myself to Brett Gardner of the Yankees. We do a lot of the same things on the field.

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

White: Going into the draft, I was kind of expecting anything, really. I wouldn't really say I was surprised. It was just really cool to hear my name called when it was the Yankees turn to pick.

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

White: I can play all three outfield positions, but I think I'm more designed to play centerfield.

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

White: It's always cool that I get to play in the ACC. It's great to always get to play against the best competition in front of a lot of fans in some nice stadiums. I'd say being able to do that is a pretty good opportunity.

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

White: I'm from Chicago, so I've always been a fan of the Cubs. Even though I'm not an infielder, I'm a big Derek Jeter fan because of the way he goes about his business and plays the game the right way.

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?

White: I'm going to wait until the beginning of July to finalize things. I'll think about it and I'm playing summer ball right now. So I'm just going to play here now and let things unfold and I'll be in contact with the organization.

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\r\nCharles White: The Yankees organization is the most prestigious in the league. It was an awesome feeling. I worked my whole life to be able to get drafted and for it to be the Yankees is such an honor.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
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\r\nWhite: I'm more of a speed guy that tries to get on base and steal bases. I'm someone who creates runs. I like to use my legs and my speed. I don't strike out much. I'll take a walk, hit-by-pitch, whatever it takes. I feel like I'm also a good defender in the outfield. I can track down balls and I have a good arm.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nWhite: My strengths are my speed, the ability to get on base, hit line drives, and keep the ball on the ground so I can use my speed. My weakness is probably my lack of power, but I've never really tried to hit for power because it's not a part of my game.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
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\r\nWhite: I get good jumps off the bat so I'm able to track balls down and cover the gaps. I played centerfield all year and I used my speed to my advantage.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
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\r\nWhite: I kind of compare myself to Brett Gardner of the Yankees. We do a lot of the same things on the field.
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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\nWhite: Going into the draft, I was kind of expecting anything, really. I wouldn't really say I was surprised. It was just really cool to hear my name called when it was the Yankees turn to pick.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
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\r\nWhite: I can play all three outfield positions, but I think I'm more designed to play centerfield.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nWhite: It's always cool that I get to play in the ACC. It's great to always get to play against the best competition in front of a lot of fans in some nice stadiums. I'd say being able to do that is a pretty good opportunity.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nWhite: I'm from Chicago, so I've always been a fan of the Cubs. Even though I'm not an infielder, I'm a big Derek Jeter fan because of the way he goes about his business and plays the game the right way.
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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\nWhite: I'm going to wait until the beginning of July to finalize things. I'll think about it and I'm playing summer ball right now. So I'm just going to play here now and let things unfold and I'll be in contact with the organization.
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