PinstripesPlus.com: Congratulations on being drafted. What is it like being drafted by the Yankees?
Brandon Laird: It feels good, I was surprised it was the Yankees of all teams.
PinstripesPlus: Did you grow up as a Yankees fan?
Laird: Personally, I never really liked the Yankees. My favorite team growing up would have to be the A's. I like the A's; they are a good young team.
PinstripesPlus: Talk about your reaction being drafted.
Laird: When I heard it, I was like "wow". I was amazed that the Yankees chose me. I was wondering where I was going to go. It's always been my dream to play pro ball.
PinstripesPlus: Let's talk about your game a little bit. What do you think you can bring to the Yankees?
Laird: My bat is going to let me go anywhere I need to be. I know I'm a good hitter, and I know I'm going to go out there and perform. My bat will always be there, so I'm not trying to do too much. I can help the Yankees out by playing multiple positions from the corners.
PinstripesPlus: Talk about some of your strengths and weaknesses.
Laird: I would have to say my strength is my bat. I can hit for power and I can hit to all fields. Weaknesses, I would say that I'm not very fast. I want to work on my agility and my quickness.
PinstripesPlus: What are you going to concentrate on in order to improve your game?
Laird: I want to work on everything, but mainly defense. I want to get my speed a little quicker, and throw with more range. I want to work on speed and agility drills.
PinstripesPlus: Who would be a person that you would compare yourself to?
Laird: My favorite player is Alex Rodriguez. I like how he plays the game and I love watching him hit. His swing is unbelievable.
PinstripesPlus: Is there anything you want to work on with your swing?
Laird: I just want to stay consistent with my bat. I'm not going to go out there and swing for home runs, instead I'm going to use all fields and hit line drives. If I do that, then the home runs will come.
PinstripesPlus: Do see yourself playing the same position, or do you think you might try some other positions?
Laird: I feel like I can play third base at the next level, but I'll play wherever they need me. I can play first base too; I played first my first year. My favorite position is third base though.
PinstripesPlus: What was your best moment in baseball?
Laird: My best moment was when I was on the USA team playing in Taiwan. It was really exciting going over there, playing other countries with Major League teams. It was unbelievable, and in the championship game we were playing in front of 27,000 people. I played with the best talent in the country, and just playing with them let's me know that I must be one of the best players in the country. That was my biggest moment in baseball.
PinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans with the Yankees? Do you hope to sign now?
Laird: I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I'm waiting for my advisor to call me, and take care of everything. Hopefully, he can get a deal with them, but if not then I'm hoping to go to Arizona State. That's what I'm looking into.
Q&A With Yankees 27th Rd Pick, Brandon Laird
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