Q&A with 50th Round Pick Sam Honeck

The Yankees drafted first baseman Sam Honeck out of Grayson County College in the 50th round of the 2006 MLB Draft. Honeck checks in to give us some insights into his game, who he compares himself to at the Major League level, and more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Sam Honeck: It's quite a shocker and pretty cool that they picked me.

PinstripesPlus: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? I mean, had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?

Honeck: I got a little reference sheet from the Yankees but never talked to them on the phone. Supposedly the Royals were very interested.

PinstripesPlus: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?

Honeck: I have a little idea, but not a whole lot.

PinstripesPlus: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Honeck: In my mind, I'm a pretty good hitter and I can back it up with my defense.

PinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Honeck: The Cubs and Sammy Sosa.

PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare yourself to at the Major League level so Yankees' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound?

Honeck: A lot of people have told me I remind them of Mark Grace.

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

Honeck: Up to now, being drafted and enlightened with everything that's going on.

PinstripesPlus: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Honeck: Just taking it one step at a time, and see what happens with college. My main priority is getting my degree but if baseball works out, I'd like to take advantage of that.

PinstripesPlus: Do you think the pressures playing in New York might be a problem?

Honeck: Going into that ballpark gives everyone the jitters, but I'll just have to see if that day comes.

PinstripesPlus: What is your biggest strength and weakness as a ballplayer?

Honeck: Strength is pulling the ball and biggest weakness would be hitting to the opposite field.

PinstripesPlus: Do you think you'll stay at the same position or do you think you'll be moved?

Honeck: Right now I'm at first base, but if they want to change it to help the team, I'll do what I can to help.


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