Q&A with Yicok Calderon

The Yankees signed some intriguing position prospects last week on July 2nd Signing Day, including corner outfielder Yicok Calderon from the Dominican Republic. We sat down with Calderon for a quick Q&A session to find out why he chose the Yankees, to give us a scouting report on himself, who he would compare his game to at the big league level style-wise, and more.

[This interview was made possible with the help of a translator]

PinstripesPlus.com: When you were considering which team to sign with, why did you ultimately decide to go with the Yankees?

Yicok Calderon: They were the first team to see me. Angel Baez saw me play like two or three years ago when I was 13 or 14 years old, and we've stayed in contact ever since. They were also my favorite team growing up so this is like a dream come true.

PinstripesPlus.com: Give us a scouting report on yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Calderon: I'm a hitter. I like hitting, I hit well, and I think I have a good attitude. I like to work hard and I think my discipline is perfect for the organization. It's one of the reasons I like the Yankees so much and one of the reasons I signed with them, because you have to command respect and be straight-forward all the time. You can't go your own way, you have to go the Yankee way and that's what I like. Sometimes I lose concentration during an at-bat and that's something I'd like to work on.

PinstripesPlus.com: To give our readers an idea of what your game is like, who would you compare your style to at the big league level, and why?

Calderon: Melky Cabrera because he works so hard. He runs hard, he hits hard, he tries hard all of the time, and that's the way I play. I've always liked that type of player.

PinstripesPlus.com: The comparison that's thrown out there by a lot of scouts is to Cliff Floyd. Do you see why scouts would make that comparison?

Calderon: I see that because I look like him physically – in the face and I'm dark like him – and I also hit the ball really hard from the left side. I can hit the ball really hard.

PinstripesPlus.com: Now that you've signed with the Yankees, what are looking to improve the most as you begin your professional career?

Calderon: I need to work on my running, first and foremost.

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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: When you were considering which team to sign with, why did you ultimately decide to go with the Yankees?
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\r\nYicok Calderon: They were the first team to see me. Angel Baez saw me play like two or three years ago when I was 13 or 14 years old, and we've stayed in contact ever since. They were also my favorite team growing up so this is like a dream come true.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Give us a scouting report on yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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\r\nCalderon: I'm a hitter. I like hitting, I hit well, and I think I have a good attitude. I like to work hard and I think my discipline is perfect for the organization. It's one of the reasons I like the Yankees so much and one of the reasons I signed with them, because you have to command respect and be straight-forward all the time. You can't go your own way, you have to go the Yankee way and that's what I like. Sometimes I lose concentration during an at-bat and that's something I'd like to work on.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: To give our readers an idea of what your game is like, who would you compare your style to at the big league level, and why?
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\r\nCalderon: Melky Cabrera because he works so hard. He runs hard, he hits hard, he tries hard all of the time, and that's the way I play. I've always liked that type of player.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: The comparison that's thrown out there by a lot of scouts is to Cliff Floyd. Do you see why scouts would make that comparison?
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\r\nCalderon: I see that because I look like him physically – in the face and I'm dark like him – and I also hit the ball really hard from the left side. I can hit the ball really hard.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Now that you've signed with the Yankees, what are looking to improve the most as you begin your professional career?
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\r\nCalderon: I need to work on my running, first and foremost.
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