We sat down with Yankees' 4th round pick Canaan Smith for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 4th round pick, Canaan Smith, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from Rockwall-Heath High School in Texas 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 about that moment you were drafted by the New York Yankees and what that was like for you and your family?

Canaan Smith: I was actually leaving vacation to come back home, and I get a call from the Yankees’ scout Mike, he said ‘Hey Canaan, want to be a Yankee?’ Right then and there I put my hand on my head and said ‘Thank you for the opportunity.’ My family was going crazy, my friends were going crazy, just a surreal moment. Couldn’t be happier to be a Yankee right now.

PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about the type of player you are and how you will fit with the New York Yankees?

Smith: I’m a young strong kid who can run a little bit but hasn’t grown into his body yet. When the Yankees mature me and get my body right I should be up there with the Yankees, and hopefully get the call up. I am very disciplined, I show leadership skills just like the Yankees want. I am part of their organization and it’s exciting.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths that you bring in to the Yankees and what are some of the areas you look to improve on?

Smith: You can always improve on almost every bit of your game. I can always improve and right field is always weird for me because I played centerfield in high school. So obviously I’m going to have to work a little harder in right field, get bigger, stronger, and faster. Hitting; just get my timing down. Throwing; got to have a lot stronger arm in right field and in any other positions.

PinstripesPlus.com: What player(s) at the Major League level have you looked up to and model your own game towards?

Smith: Kirby Puckett, he fits me really really well. New school, I guess Kyle Schwarber, but I think I hit a lot better than him, I will.

PinstripesPlus.com: With outfield being your primary position, do you feel you may need to expand to any other positions?

Smith: I think outfield is my strong suit, I’m really good out there, but I want to be great. To be a Yankee you got to be great at everything you do, so I got to be great.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expected to get drafted by the Yankees and were you shocked at all?

Smith: No I wasn’t shocked, I wasn’t shocked at all. I knew the Yankees really liked me. I had a lot of teams on me but when the Yankees were up I was nervous, I was like ‘ahhhh I could possibly be a Yankee.’ I was excited, the Yankees were my first team, the Yankees are always somebody’s first team. When the Yankees drafted me I was just excited and overwhelmed. I wasn’t shocked, I was just excited that I was a Yankee.  Everybody wants to be a Yankee.

PinstripesPlus.com: Before getting drafted, what was the best moment for you in your baseball career?

Smith: My summer ball team [Dallas Tigers] winning the national championship two years in a row.

PinstripesPlus.com: You’ve spoke highly of the Yankees throughout the interview, but who was your favorite MLB team growing up?

Smith: Favorite MLB team growing up was the [Texas] Rangers. I’ve always watched the Yankees, I know everybody from the Yankees, I love the Yankees. Derek Jeter is the greatest of all time, if I see him I’ll probably run up and give him a hug. I love the Yankees a lot, they are better than Boston I’ll tell you that.

PinstripesPlus.com: What went in to the decision to forgo college and start your professional career out of high school?

Smith: If I went later in the rounds I probably would’ve gone to college, the Yankees got me at the right time. We made the deal, the deal I wanted, the deal they wanted. It’s just the fact of being a Yankee. It’s an historic team, they have so many legends, I just want to be a part of that.


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