We sat down with Yankees' 7th round pick Keith Skinner for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 7th round pick, Keith Skinner, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the catcher from the University of North Florida says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, and much more.

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

Keith Skinner: It was pretty surreal. I’ve been a Yankees fan for as long as I can remember. It was special getting the news while surrounded by my family.

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?

Skinner: I’ve never been the strongest or the fastest. I’ve always been able to hit, been able to put the bat on the ball and draw a lot of walks. I’ve been able to get on base a lot as well by putting in the time and effort to get better.

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

Skinner: For my strengths, I’ve always worked hard, being early to practice and putting in extra effort. As for my weaknesses, I sometimes get too into the game, as in I might let my emotions get in the way and that ends up affecting how I play. My coach would tell me that I need to let the game come to me, rather than me go to it.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Skinner: I was lucky to have a coach that trusted me with directing the game. I’m good at blocking balls and personally I think I’m a good throwing catcher. Overall, I think that I’m a well-rounded catcher.

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?

Skinner: Russell Martin. I grew up watching Jorge Posada and even got to see Joe Girardi catch a bit when I was a kid. However, I wouldn’t say that my game is like any one player, but I do try to emulate Russell Martin as best I can.

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

Skinner: I did talk to a couple of teams before the draft. But earlier [on Friday] I got a message from the Yankees asking if I wanted to become a Yankee. In terms of being surprised, I was, especially since it was the Yankees, but I did expect to be drafted by someone.

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

Skinner: I’ve been a catcher throughout my life. However if it’s in the best interests of the team, I wouldn’t being moved.

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

Skinner: Besides getting drafted, winning the regular season championship with UNF last year. The guys I played with were the best as were the coaching staff. I’ve never had a better feeling with a team than when we won and dog-piled on top of each other on the field.

PinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned growing up a Yankees fan.  Who was your favorite player growing up?

Skinner: I grew up a diehard Yankees fan and despite my position, my favorite player was Derek Jeter. I remember having chills when I watched Derek get his 3,000 career hit off David Price.

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?

Skinner: I do plan on signing immediately and joining the team.


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