We sat down with Yankees' 9th round pick Tim Lynch for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 9th round pick, Tim Lynch, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the first baseman from University of Southern Mississippi 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?

Tim Lynch: It feels great, you know when your name gets called it's the dream.  That’s what every kids dream is, to play professional baseball and to hear your name called, especially by an organization like the Yankees.  There's no other organization like the Yankees, they are the standard, with 27 championships, to hear your name called by [them] is unreal, and then this week has been cool too.  It's been awesome learning pro ball, seeing how the routines for the day work. It's kind of funny, you kind of run through your practice or games then you have to stop and think, man I'm getting paid to do this, so that's really cool.

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?

Lynch: I'm a first baseman, I think I play a pretty good defensive first base over there and I hit for some contact and for average and a little bit of power and I swing from the left side.

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

Lynch: I would say my strength is definitely hitting, I hit for the past few seasons in college and I hit for a good average, and I hit for a good amount of home runs.  Then my weaknesses, I could get a little bit quicker, a little bit faster on the base paths that's for sure.

PinstripesPlus.com: What is your defensive game like?

Lynch: I think I improved every single year at school.  I think a lot of that was with how I changed my body and my dedication in the weight room, to get my body ready to play.  Obviously I take a lot of pride in my defense, working hard and on that part of my game; I’ve learned to become very comfortable over there at first base.  I’m so used to it now after being over there the last four years, I've really learned to feel comfortable over there.

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, and why?

Lynch: When I was coming up and getting scouted, a lot of people said Sean Casey because I make a lot of contact and I don't strike out all that much, but he obviously had an all-star career, and that would be great [to accomplish].  I also like to think that I can hit for power; he did too, I think I can hit for some power as well and from hearing what scouts have said last year, maybe I could be him, I don't know.

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

Lynch: I had been talking to Mike Wagner (a Yankees scout) a good amount when they drafted me; he called me maybe a couple rounds earlier and said “Hey, we're thinking about taking you, what do you think?” and he asked about if I would sign, and all this different stuff, and so I had a pretty good idea when they drafted me they were one of the teams that was going to pick me.

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

Lynch: I imagine that I'll play first base, there's a chance maybe I’ll get out there in left field but for right now I will definitely play first base.

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

Lynch: This past year when we won the conference championship at home.  Getting to celebrate that with all your friends, all your teammates, your coaches, and my parents were there in the stands, there were probably 5,000 or 6,000 Southern Miss fans there because we hosted a tournament.  And [when] the game ended and we threw a guy out at the plate to end the game and that would have been the tying run, so to win a game like that, it was so thrilling, and hugging all your teammates all that stuff it was probably the coolest experience I've ever had on a baseball field.

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

Lynch: The Marlins were probably my number one team but second would be the Yankees because my parents are from New York and my dad is from New York anyways, he always had the Yankees games on in the house and he was a huge Yankees fan, so you kind of grow up watching them a lot.  But I had the Marlins right in my backyard so I grew up kind of liking the local team but for sure I still pull for the Yankees, and I had a lot of favorite players. Miguel Cabrera was obviously one of them, getting to see him come up with the Marlins was really cool, A-Rod was one of my absolute favorites and definitely in my top five, for sure top three, watching his glove and the way he swung the bat, there were a lot of guys. I think growing up and watching baseball in the early 2000s was fun to watch during that time.

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?

Lynch: Yes, I’ve already signed and I’m headed to Pulaski in the Appalachian league.


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