We sat down with Yankees' 13th ound pick Eric Wagaman for a Q&A session.

We sat down with Yankees' 13th round pick, Eric Wagaman, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the first baseman from Orange Coast College 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?

Eric Wagaman: It is kind of crazy; it hasn’t even set in yet. I mean, the Yankees are one of the most historic programs in all of baseball and they have been for forever. It is just crazy, I can’t believe it still

PinstripePlus.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?

Wagaman: My game is more of hitting doubles, home runs and stuff like that. I am not really the fastest guy on the bases so I need to get the ball out there so I can get to second base from home. However, I play first base and first base defensively I’d say I am pretty good

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

Wagaman:  My strengths I think that I have power and I feel that I am well aware of the zone; I don’t strike out a lot.  My weaknesses, I say I need to get quicker and faster and improve my defensive game a little bit

PinstripePlus.com:  How about your defensive game?

Wagaman:  It’s good; I work on picking the ball at first base at practices all the time. Like I said I need to work on getting quicker so I can have more range on first base, but for the most part I’d say it is pretty solid.

PinstripePlus.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?

Wagaman: I know he is not on the Yankees but Joey Votto, even though I am a right-handed hitter we have some type of similar swings where we don’t really have big leg kicks or anything. I think he is one of the best hitters in the game so I’d like to compare myself to him.

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

Wagaman: I was talking to them a little bit [Tuesday] and there were a few other teams that said they were going to pick me. But I mean I couldn’t be more excited to play for the Yankees. If I had to choose any team I would play for it would 100 percent be the Yankees.

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

Wagaman: I mean I would like to play a little bit of third base or outfield but I could defiantly see myself staying at first.

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

Wagaman: Probably hitting three home runs in a game this year, that is something I’ve never done. It was pretty cool because it was a close game that day and it just so happened that third home run going out gave my team the lead.

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

Wagaman: Since I’m from southern California I’ve always liked the Angels. My favorite player has probably got to be (Mike) Trout.

PinstripePlus.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?

Wagaman: Yeah, that is my plan for now. I am really excited to do it. It is a pleasure to be with the Yankees. I can’t wait to get going.


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