Q&A with Yanks 6th Rd Pick, Chase Weems

We sat down with Yankees' sixth round pick, Chase Weems, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out who the catcher from Columbus High School in Georgia compares his game to at the big league level, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, if he's looking to sign soon or if college is a real option, and more.

PinstripesPlus.com: What is it like being drafted by a team like the Yankees?

Chase Weems: It's wonderful, there is nobody as recognizable as the Yankees and it has been one of my goals for a long time to get drafted.

PinstripesPlus: What are some of your strength and weaknesses?

Weems: My arm is definitely one of my biggest strengths. I don't really know how I compare to some of the other catchers in the draft, but it is one of my strengths. I need to add some size and put on some weight in the future.

PinstripesPlus: Is there anyone you would compare yourself to at the big league level?

Weems: I wouldn't really compare myself to anyone, but others have said I play a little like Chase Utley. I am a smaller player and hit from the left side of the plate.

PinstripesPlus: Do you think you will be able to continue to play at the catcher position in the future?

Weems: I'm not really sure where I will end up, but I will do whatever is best for the team. I would love to stay at the catcher position, but I just want to do what is best for the team.

PinstripesPlus: What has been your best moment in baseball, other than getting drafted?

Weems: I would say hitting a walk-off home run against our rival North Side. We made it pretty far this season in the playoffs. We made it to the final game, but lost in the state championship.

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

Weems: I liked watching Ken Griffey, Jr. I didn't really follow any teams, I just like watching all the games and flipping through the channels.

PinstripesPlus: Do you hope to sign immediately or is college an option?

Weems: College is definitely an option and I have to talk with my family and see what is the best fit for me. The biggest factor in my decision is just finding out what is the best fit for me, whether it is college or pros.

PinstripesPlus: What would it be like playing in New York? Do you think the pressure of the big city might be a problem?

Weems: I would love to see what it is like playing in New York and if I make it up there. I know it is one of the hardest places to play in. I see what is happening to Arod, but I think it would be a great experience.

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\r\nChase Weems: It's wonderful, there is nobody as recognizable as the Yankees and it has been one of my goals for a long time to get drafted.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What are some of your strength and weaknesses?
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\r\nWeems: My arm is definitely one of my biggest strengths. I don't really know how I compare to some of the other catchers in the draft, but it is one of my strengths. I need to add some size and put on some weight in the future.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Is there anyone you would compare yourself to at the big league level?
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\r\nWeems: I wouldn't really compare myself to anyone, but others have said I play a little like Chase Utley. I am a smaller player and hit from the left side of the plate.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you think you will be able to continue to play at the catcher position in the future?
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\r\nWeems: I'm not really sure where I will end up, but I will do whatever is best for the team. I would love to stay at the catcher position, but I just want to do what is best for the team.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What has been your best moment in baseball, other than getting drafted?
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\r\nWeems: I would say hitting a walk-off home run against our rival North Side. We made it pretty far this season in the playoffs. We made it to the final game, but lost in the state championship.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?
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\r\nWeems: I liked watching Ken Griffey, Jr. I didn't really follow any teams, I just like watching all the games and flipping through the channels.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you hope to sign immediately or is college an option?
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\r\nWeems: College is definitely an option and I have to talk with my family and see what is the best fit for me. The biggest factor in my decision is just finding out what is the best fit for me, whether it is college or pros.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would it be like playing in New York? Do you think the pressure of the big city might be a problem?
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\r\nWeems: I would love to see what it is like playing in New York and if I make it up there. I know it is one of the hardest places to play in. I see what is happening to Arod, but I think it would be a great experience.
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