Q&A with Yanks 13th Round Pick Trey Amburgey

We sat down with Yankees' 13th round pick, Trey Amburgey, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from St. Petersburg College 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?

Trey Amburgey: Honestly, I was shocked. I wasn't expecting anything really. I was hanging out at home and I was actually getting ready to fall asleep when I heard my name. It was complete joy. Everybody went crazy. My parents hugged me. It was a good time.

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?

Amburgey: I'd say I use my speed a lot. I get on base and just run and try to make things happen for my team to win. Hitting-wise, I am more of a gap-to-gap hitter. I'm not a huge home run hitter, occasionally I'll get one out, but it's not the biggest part of my game. I think I'll fit in good with the way I play. I actually had a meeting this morning and they [the Yankees] were talking about just hitting the ball hard, running hard and playing hard. That's what I like to do, so I'll fit in perfectly.

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

Amburgey: I'd say my biggest strength would be leading by example, just to work hard and let the results speak for themselves. On previous teams, people have followed that and we have been pretty successful. I see myself as the leader on most teams I've been on. I've taken up that role as a leader and ran with it. So I'd say that's my biggest strength. My biggest weakness just staying mentally in the game. Sometimes I'll have a bad game and just start getting frustrated and throwing myself out and being negative. I have gotten better with it, but it's something I still need to work on.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Amburgey: I'd say I do a pretty good job of covering ground in centerfield. In high school, one of the opposing teams managers had an interview after the game talking about my range -- I ran about forty yards and dove to catch a ball. So I feel like I can cover a lot of ground and I can handle it out there.

PinstripesPlus.com: What area of your game have you worked in preparation of being drafted by a Major League team?

Amburgey: I would say using the other side of the field. I was normally a pull hitter, but as I continue on in baseball, I realized I would have to learn how to hit balls away from me and to the opposite field. I've continued to work at it every year I played. I hope it continues to improve from here.

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?

Amburgey: Last year, my summer team -- they called me Mike Trout. I got on a super hot streak with multiple three hit games -- a ton of stolen bases, so they just starting calling me Trout. I came back to college and the nickname continued.

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

Amburgey: I thought I would be going one of the top ten rounds to either the Cardinals or the Mets. So, I was watching every pick for them. I was talking to one of the scouts for the Yankees, but I wasn't expecting anything to come out of that. Round 13 comes and they call me. It was exciting and I'm excited to be here wearing the pinstripes.

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

Amburgey: I expect to be in center. I was drafted as a centerfielder so I think I could stay out there and cover all the ground that's needed. I have played all three outfield positions, but I played the last four years in center, so I would like to stay at center.

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

Amburgey: Well besides getting drafted, I would say -- during my sophomore year of high school I got to face Jose Fernandez in a state semifinal game. So, that was pretty cool. I got a hit off him too, so I could say I got a hit off a Rookie of the Year.

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

Amburgey: Do you really want to know my favorite player and team growing up? Well, my whole family is from Boston, so we are all Red Sox fans. As far as my favorite player goes ... growing up it was Chipper Jones. But, now that he is retired, my current favorite player is Trout.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been signed d by the Yankees?

Amburgey: I'm already signed; I signed with them on Saturday. I'm under contract. I started [Monday] doing full activities for the team. I'm looking forward to working hard every day with the coaches to get better.


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