Q&A with Yankees 29th Round Pick Mike Jones

We sat down with Yankees' 29th round pick, Mike Jones, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the centerfielder from Arizona State University says about being drafted by the Yankees, what player he models his game after, what his immediate plans are in regards to signing, and more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Congratulations on being drafted. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

Mike Jones: It feels amazing to be selected period, but it is also a very exciting time for my family and I to be drafted by the Yankees. I always watched the Yankees when I was younger and they were my father's favorite team. It is exciting to be drafted by the Yankees and it shows my improvement from last year.

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?

Jones: I don't know what type of player I am, but I really enjoy playing the game of baseball. Although I haven't played a great deal in the past three or four years, I enjoy the game and work hard on and off the field to improve.

PinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Jones: I have great experience and overall talent that help with my game.

PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Jones: I have not heard other people compare me to anyone else. Growing up, I have watched my favorite players and tried to imitate them on and off the field.

PinstripesPlus: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

Jones: I actually wasn't expecting to be drafted by the Yankees. I was surprised a little and I wasn't really sure where I would end up. The Yankees were on the list of teams that were interested, but I didn't get to talk to them as much as I did with other organizations. Overall, I was very surprised to be picked by the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?

Jones: I will play wherever they want me to play. I am very open to anything. I just want to play baseball and get started.

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

Jones: My best moment in baseball was last year when we [Arizona State] went to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. I have been watching the College World Series since I was ten years old and it has always been a dream to go there. It was a great feeling and accomplishment for our team to represent Arizona State in the College World Series.

PinstripesPlus: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Jones: My favorite team was the hometown Houston Astros. I followed the Astros quite a bit growing up. My favorite player was Ken Griffey, Jr. He was one of the players I tried to imitate because he was a great leader on and off the field.

PinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Jones: I plan on signing within the next week or two. I hope to get started right away and get into the Yankees' organization.

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\r\nMike Jones: It feels amazing to be selected period, but it is also a very exciting time for my family and I to be drafted by the Yankees. I always watched the Yankees when I was younger and they were my father's favorite team. It is exciting to be drafted by the Yankees and it shows my improvement from last year.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
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\r\nJones: I don't know what type of player I am, but I really enjoy playing the game of baseball. Although I haven't played a great deal in the past three or four years, I enjoy the game and work hard on and off the field to improve.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nJones: I have great experience and overall talent that help with my game.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
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\r\nJones: I have not heard other people compare me to anyone else. Growing up, I have watched my favorite players and tried to imitate them on and off the field.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nJones: I actually wasn't expecting to be drafted by the Yankees. I was surprised a little and I wasn't really sure where I would end up. The Yankees were on the list of teams that were interested, but I didn't get to talk to them as much as I did with other organizations. Overall, I was very surprised to be picked by the Yankees.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
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\r\nJones: I will play wherever they want me to play. I am very open to anything. I just want to play baseball and get started.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nJones: My best moment in baseball was last year when we [Arizona State] went to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. I have been watching the College World Series since I was ten years old and it has always been a dream to go there. It was a great feeling and accomplishment for our team to represent Arizona State in the College World Series.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nJones: My favorite team was the hometown Houston Astros. I followed the Astros quite a bit growing up. My favorite player was Ken Griffey, Jr. He was one of the players I tried to imitate because he was a great leader on and off the field.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
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\r\nJones: I plan on signing within the next week or two. I hope to get started right away and get into the Yankees' organization.
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