Q&A with Yankees 39th Round Pick Ty Afenir

We sat down with Yankees' 39th round pick, Ty Afenir, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the shortstop from the University of Washington says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he plans on doing, and much more.

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

Ty Afenir: It's amazing. It's an absolute dream come true that I get to play baseball and to continue to play baseball for a team like the Yankees is even better.

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?

Afenir: I'm more of a defensive player in my opinion. I get by with my defense and I believe I will help the Yankees with filling my position and contributing with my offensive skills as well.

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

Afenir: I would like to see myself become a more consistent hitter at the plate and would definitely like to get a little bit stronger, so those are two things that I would like to work on.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Afenir: Since I play shortstop, I'd like to improve my footwork and get quicker, as well as enhance my throwing range. Other than that I think I'm a pretty good fielder.

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?

Afenir: I just came from a Mariners-Yankees game, so off the top of my head I'd have to say Brendan Ryan from Seattle is very similar to me. We're both good fielders and we both hold our own when batting.

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

Afenir: I was definitely surprised because I didn't think I was going to get drafted. I was looking more towards free agency, but I had a little hint since I had been talking to Mike Thurman, the Northwest area scout, and that was a few weeks ago before the draft so there was no expectancy really of where I would end up.

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

Afenir: I can see myself staying at shortstop, but I would be up for any other position that would put my name in the lineup. It would be nice to stay at short, but anywhere on the infield would be nice too.

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

Afenir: Taking the series from Arizona State my last college career game was very important to me because before I signed with Washington, I always wanted to go to ASU, but that changed for me when I got to play here, so winning that game had a lot of meaning for me.

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

Afenir: I didn't really have a favorite team, but my favorite player would have to be Allen Craig from the St. Louis Cardinals just because I like his story and he is an old family friend. I grew up playing with his younger cousin, and Allen's story motivates me so I look up to him and relate it to myself.

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\r\nTy Afenir: It's amazing. It's an absolute dream come true that I get to play baseball and to continue to play baseball for a team like the Yankees is even better.
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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\nAfenir: I'm more of a defensive player in my opinion. I get by with my defense and I believe I will help the Yankees with filling my position and contributing with my offensive skills as well.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nAfenir: I would like to see myself become a more consistent hitter at the plate and would definitely like to get a little bit stronger, so those are two things that I would like to work on.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
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\r\nAfenir: Since I play shortstop, I'd like to improve my footwork and get quicker, as well as enhance my throwing range. Other than that I think I'm a pretty good fielder.
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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\nAfenir: I just came from a Mariners-Yankees game, so off the top of my head I'd have to say Brendan Ryan from Seattle is very similar to me. We're both good fielders and we both hold our own when batting.
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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\nAfenir: I was definitely surprised because I didn't think I was going to get drafted. I was looking more towards free agency, but I had a little hint since I had been talking to Mike Thurman, the Northwest area scout, and that was a few weeks ago before the draft so there was no expectancy really of where I would end up.
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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\nAfenir: I can see myself staying at shortstop, but I would be up for any other position that would put my name in the lineup. It would be nice to stay at short, but anywhere on the infield would be nice too.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nAfenir: Taking the series from Arizona State my last college career game was very important to me because before I signed with Washington, I always wanted to go to ASU, but that changed for me when I got to play here, so winning that game had a lot of meaning for me.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nAfenir: I didn't really have a favorite team, but my favorite player would have to be Allen Craig from the St. Louis Cardinals just because I like his story and he is an old family friend. I grew up playing with his younger cousin, and Allen's story motivates me so I look up to him and relate it to myself.
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