Q&A with Yanks 40th Round Pick Will Albertson

We sat down with Yankees' 40th round pick, Will Albertson, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the catcher from Catawba College in North Carolina 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.

Will Albertson: It’s a surreal feeling, it really is. I wasn’t really sure who I’d get picked by. It’s an organization with so much history and you know, all the great players that have played there. It’s a really great feeling.

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?

Albertson: I feel like I’m an offensive-minded catcher. I’m a pretty good hitter, I have pretty good hands and I feel like I hold my own behind the plate. I think the thing I bring to the table most is my offense.

PinstripesPlus.com: What other positions would you be comfortable playing at?

Albertson: I played outfield in college too. I split time between catcher and outfield.

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?

Albertson: I would say Craig Biggio because we’re both undersized, not the biggest guys out there. I liked how he played the game and he was obviously a really great hitter. With the position change I really see myself as an undersized catcher.

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

Albertson: I’d say my strengths are, like I said earlier, my bat and my hitting ability. Weakness I’d probably say is that I have a little bit of a lack of arm strength which is something that I’m working on.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Albertson: It’s good. I feel like I receive very well and block very well. I control the running game decent it’s just that I need to get my arm a little bit stronger.

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

Albertson: I was expecting to get drafted. The Yankees were a team that I honestly didn’t have any communication with at all in the spring. I filled out a questionnaire in the fall, but no I was not expecting to get picked by the Yankees.

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

Albertson: I think I might be moved around a little bit. I don’t know if they’re going to try and experiment or not but I think that I can stay behind the plate.

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

Albertson: In the regionals this year I hit a walk-off home run against the University of Mount Olive. It was the regional championship game and that’s probably my biggest moment. It was on a pretty big stage and it was the first time I’ve ever hit a walk-off home run so it was pretty cool.

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

Albertson: I’ve never really had a favorite team, I was always just kind of a fan of the game. I’m a big Yadier Molina fan and obviously he’s a great catcher and probably one of the best of all time. I feel like everybody has the same opinion as me but I’ve always respected watching Derek Jeter play when I was growing up as a kid, just how much of a professional he was on and off of the field.

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?

Albertson: I actually just got off of the phone with Billy Godwin [the other day], the area scout that drafted me and I still have to see what kind of money is going to be and whatever. It’s all about money obviously but I still have a senior season I can go back to and I have a full scholarship there so I’m trying to get around the scholarship money, but if not then I’m going to go back to Catawba. If we can meet it, then I’m probably going to sign. It’s still up in the air right now, but he said that he’s going to follow me this summer and probably make an offer.


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