We sat down with Yankees' 25th round pick Edel Luaces for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 25th round pick, Edel Luaces, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder 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?

Edel Luaces: There is no comparison. I saw all of the commericals, the Derek Jeter commericals. I just wanted to be like him growing up.

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?

Luaces: I run a 6.1, 6.2 time in the 60 meters. I’m just really fast and I use that to my advantage in games.

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

Luaces: For my weaknesses, I lack experience, and I have to learn as much as I can. For my strengths, it comes down to my speed, the fact that I pay attention to the game, especially to the pitches being thrown to me. 

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Luaces: I think that I’m pretty good defensively. My speed helps me get to a lot of balls.

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?

Luaces: Adam Jones or Jacoby Ellsbury. I can bunt the ball and run out the play like Ellsbury or hit for home runs like Jones.

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

Luaces: I had been talking to other teams, but I had a feeling that it was going to be the Yankees. I had a feel for what the Yankees were about when I talked with them a few weeks ago.

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

Luaces: If it was up to me, I would never want to move from center fielder. It’s something that God gave me, my speed. However, if I ever made to the majors, I wouldn’t want to take the position from Ellsbury. He earned that spot so I would never want to take his spot.

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

Luaces: Making a diving catch to save the game, hitting a game winning home run. Sadly, I never won a championship in high school, came close once but it’s a learning experience.

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

Luaces: I loved Boston and my favorite player was Torii Hunter when he was with the Angels. He carried himself very well and played with great energy and respect.

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?

Luaces: I think that I’ll definitely sign. You got to take what is in your hand and getting an opportunity like this is what I’ve wanted for a long time.


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