We sat down with Yankees' 34th round pick D.C. Clawson for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 34th round pick, D.C. Clawson, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the catcher from Dana Hills High School in California 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?

D.C. Clawson: It was awesome. It was an absolute dream come true. There was no other team I would have rather gotten picked by.

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?

Clawson: I see myself as a more offensive minded catcher. I see myself fitting in the Yankees because they are very clean cut, as am I. They have very high moral standards as do I.

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

Clawson: Strengths: My hitting, left handed power, strong arm, really good teammate, average speed, have really soft quiet hands. Weaknesses: Physical strength, need to get stronger, learn to slow the game down, both when playing on the field and when hitting.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Clawson: I’m really good at blocking balls in the dirt, framing pitches, and making throws from my knees.

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?

Clawson: I just try to be my own catcher but I grew up watching Yadier Molina. Buster Posey is a player that is well respected and clean cut, someone who I’d definitely like to be like.

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

Clawson: Yes and no. I had been on the Yankees scout team here in California since freshmen year. They even called earlier in the draft, but I had decided to pass on being drafted in either the second or third round to go to school. That’s probably why I lasted all the way down to the 34th round.

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

Clawson: I feel like I’m pretty athletic so I wouldn’t mind playing other positons if the team wants me to.

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

Clawson: Hitting a go-ahead grand slam in the Boras Classic my sophomore year.

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

Clawson: The Angels were my favorite team. My favorite player was Robinson Cano. However, I have started to really like Mike Trout but since he’s only been around for a few years, that’s why I still like Cano more.

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?

Clawson: I’ve decided to forego the offer and go play at BYU for the next few years.
 


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