We sat down with Yankees' 33rd round pick Bryson Bowman for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 33rd round pick, Bryson Bowman, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from Western Carolina University 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: What does it feel like to be drafted by the Yankees?

Bryson Bowman: Just knowing the history of the Yankees and how many championships they won, it just seems like that’s one of the greatest teams to be drafted by so it was a real honor to be drafted by them. They’re the best-known program in baseball, so it was a surreal feeling.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Bowman: I feel like I’m just a player that goes out and gives it everything I got every play. I know the Yankees strive to just go out each day and being an athlete and being professional in how they do it. So I feel like I can bring that to them and play to the best of my ability and represent the Yankees program really well.

PinstripesPlus.com: Where are you most comfortable playing in the outfield?

Bowman: I played center field in high school and a little at college and then they moved me to right field at [Western Carolina], so I’ve played more center field but I’m comfortable both at right and center.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Bowman: I’d say my strengths are going out and giving it one hundred percent, and I’ve got some pop at the plate, some power. And I have a good arm in the outfield. I think my weaknesses would be that I haven’t played left field a lot.

PinstripesPlus.com: How would you rate your defensive game?

Bowman: I would say I’m a good defensive player. I’d say with my arm and my reach in the outfield, I’d give myself an ‘A’ grade, ‘A-‘.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level?

Bowman: That’s a tough one. I’ve never really compared myself to anyone.

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

Bowman: It was kind of a surprise. I wasn’t really sure who was going to take me since it was so late in the draft.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying in the outfield or do you think you’ll be moved to another position?

Bowman: I think I’ll stay in the outfield. That’s where I’ve been at and that’s where I’m comfortable.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have experience at other positions?

Bowman: I played some third base early on in high school and when I was younger.

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

Bowman: Probably this year when we won the conference tournament to go to the NCAA regional tournament.

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

Bowman: The Braves. They were the closest team to me. I didn’t really have a favorite player, I just enjoyed watching the games.

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?

Bowman: I haven’t really made a decision yet. I still have to talk to my family and coaches and the Yankees about everything, so I’ll find out more when I talk to them more.


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