2007 Draft Q&A: Chris Epps

A toolsy, athletic outfielder out of Dunwoody High School in Georgia, Chris Epps has recently made giant leaps on the draft charts. He's impressed scouts with his strong throwing arm and potent bat, making him one of the draft's most complete packages. We recently sat down with Chris for a Q&A session.

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

Chris Epps: It went very well. I got a sense of the talent level that was out there and the value of what a college education is going to mean to me against the high-end talent across the country.

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

Chris Epps: The World Wood Bat 17U championship. I consistently hit the ball hard throughout the tournament using the entire field against some very good pitching. I feel like that is who I am in the future.

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?

Chris Epps: People have commented very highly on my hitting skills and high energy game on both the base path and when playing defense. I can generate good bat speed and tend to center the ball when making contact. I have heard of comparisons to Claudell Washington of the 1980's Atlanta Braves and a smaller body of Fred McGriff if I was to play first base.

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

Chris Epps: My ability to hit left-handed with power and my leadership qualities.

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?

Chris Epps: I have verbally committed to Clemson University. Yes, I have thought about the decision between professional and college but that's a decision I'll have to make in the future.

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?

Chris Epps: Working hard on my speed and my overall game that could lead into a level that I am going to be playing at.

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?

Chris Epps: My ability to react to fast pitching along with fast moving breaking balls. My knowledge of the strike zone has also widened.

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?

Chris Epps: My work ethic is extremely intense. Somebody would have to tear a jersey off me to get me to stop playing this game.

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

Chris Epps: Ken Griffey Jr. because of my smooth left-handed swing.

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

Chris Epps: Disciplined and ready for a fastball.

Scout.com: You've been praised for your quick bat and opposite field power by many scouts. Do you think that comes natural or something you've had to work to get?

Chris Epps: I feel that a lot of it has been God given but I continue to work to hit to all fields and recognize pitches.

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

Chris Epps: It has raised my intensity level for what is needed in the future and prepared me for what the future brings. It has also humbled me to quality of the talent level that is out there.

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