2007 MLB Draft Q&A: Justice French

A two-way standout out of Collins Hill High School in Georgia, Justice French caught the eye of many scouts on his showcase tour this summer. Drawing comparison to Jake Peavy on the mound while also showing promise at the plate, there is a lot to like about this 17-year-old. We recently sat down with Justice for a Q&A session.

Scout.com: First of all, I'm sure it was a summer of showcases for you. How you do you feel your summer went and what were you able to get out of it?

Justice French: This summer went very well for me. Although it was at times pretty strenuous, I enjoyed the solid competition and took advantage of the opportunity to get better.

Scout.com: Which event do you think you had your best showing at and why?

Justice French: I had a pretty good showing at the Perfect Game National event this July. I pitched well and had some pretty solid at-bats.

Scout.com: If you had describe your overall game, what are some important things you'd point out and basically what should people know about your style of play?

Justice French: Plain and simple, baseball is my passion. I go out there every day and play hard and be the best player I can be. I want people to look back at my career and say he's worked for everything he's earned.

Scout.com: What would you say is your strongest attribute as a player and why?

Justice French: My versatility is my best asset. I feel like I can do pretty much anything on the diamond.

Scout.com: Have you committed to college yet? If so, which one and have you thought ahead about the decision you could have to make between going pro and college?

Justice French: I have committed to Mercer University on a baseball scholarship. I haven't thought too much about pro ball yet, but I do know it's my dream to get drafted and get my chance.

Scout.com: What do you feel are the most significant improvements you have to make over the next year and how do you plan to correct them?

Justice French: I would like to improve my consistency at the plate and really develop my power potential. I plan on working out hard this off-season and adding some weight.

Scout.com: It seems that you were a player that moved up a lot on many prospects lists this summer. What differences do you think there were in your game that got you the added attention?

Justice French: I think I've recently added about 3-4 MPH on my average fastball to bump it up to 88-91 MPH. I am also now able to spot my changeup in the zone more often for third strikes.

Scout.com: What do you feel is the most important thing an organization should know about you that they might not see at first glance?

Justice French: That I am a dedicated player who would benefit the organization on and off the field in more ways than one.

Scout.com: What big league player would you best compare yourself to in terms of style and why?

Justice French: I've been compared to Jake Peavy a lot on the mound because of my arm slot, but I like to mold my game after Chipper Jones.

Scout.com: How would you describe your approach at the plate?

Justice French: I try to wait for a good pitch to hit that I can either turn on or drive the other way, but I've been known to jump on a lot of first pitch fastballs.

Scout.com: You've been praised for your offensive skills by many scouts. What do you think makes you such a strong hitter?

Justice French: My quick hands and my ability to put bat on ball.

Scout.com: How do you feel playing against such strong competition has helped you as a player?

Justice French: It's increased my level of play in more ways than one. Not only am I more prepared against stellar pitching, but I've learned how to throw to the real power hitters.

Scout.com: How would you break down your defensive game? Do you feel it is one of your stronger points?

Justice French: I've always been consistent in the infield and fielding the pitching position, and I feel like I can make the throw from anywhere in the infield.

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