Q&A with 11th Round Pick Neil Medchill

We sat down with Yankees 11th round pick Neil Medchill for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from Oklahoma State University says is his best tool, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he'll bring to the Yankees organization, and more.

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

Neil Medchill: It's always been a dream to play pro ball, what can be better than to be playing for the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Medchill: Well I played LF at Oklahoma State, listed at 6-foot-4, 215. I'm a hard worker, like to joke around, pretty fun easy-going guy. I hit from the left side (throws righty). I got away from the running game since I came to Oklahoma State [stole 36 bases at Juco] and hopefully I can keep working on that and pick it up with the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Medchill: My power is my strength. I hit 14 home runs this year for Okie State in a pretty good pitching conference. [I've] only been in the outfield for two years now, every day I continue to work and get comfortable with it.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Medchill: Yeah, I'm getting familiar with it now. I'm finally secure enough out there and just ready to play for the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus.com: 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?

Medchill: Yeah as far as the Major leagues, I don't like to model myself after anyone in particular.

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

Medchill: [I] wasn't really sure about who I'd get picked up by, I was talking to quite a few teams. I hopefully was going to go in the top five rounds, but in the 11th I was there and I'm happy to be playing [for the Yankees].

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

Medchill: I see myself in the outfield. I went from redshirting at Juco to First Team All-American, to two-time all Big-12, and I feel I keep getting better and better. With the Yankees strong history and great farm system, hopefully the instruction keeps getting better and better for me.

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

Medchill: It'd have to be today. I keep taking steps to new levels, it's my third time being drafted. It's always been a dream to play pro ball and now it's finally here.

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

Medchill: Twins and Joe Mauer. I was born in Las Vegas. My father's from Minnesota and he is a big Twins fan. There was no team in Las Vegas so that's how I started liking the Twins. I was a catcher growing up, so naturally I liked that position. I like how he plays the game, he's a great guy.

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\r\nNeil Medchill: It's always been a dream to play pro ball, what can be better than to be playing for the Yankees.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nMedchill: Well I played LF at Oklahoma State, listed at 6-foot-4, 215. I'm a hard worker, like to joke around, pretty fun easy-going guy. I hit from the left side (throws righty). I got away from the running game since I came to Oklahoma State [stole 36 bases at Juco] and hopefully I can keep working on that and pick it up with the Yankees.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nMedchill: My power is my strength. I hit 14 home runs this year for Okie State in a pretty good pitching conference. [I've] only been in the outfield for two years now, every day I continue to work and get comfortable with it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
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\r\nMedchill: Yeah, I'm getting familiar with it now. I'm finally secure enough out there and just ready to play for the Yankees.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nMedchill: Yeah as far as the Major leagues, I don't like to model myself after anyone in particular.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nMedchill: [I] wasn't really sure about who I'd get picked up by, I was talking to quite a few teams. I hopefully was going to go in the top five rounds, but in the 11th I was there and I'm happy to be playing [for the Yankees].
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nMedchill: I see myself in the outfield. I went from redshirting at Juco to First Team All-American, to two-time all Big-12, and I feel I keep getting better and better. With the Yankees strong history and great farm system, hopefully the instruction keeps getting better and better for me.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nMedchill: It'd have to be today. I keep taking steps to new levels, it's my third time being drafted. It's always been a dream to play pro ball and now it's finally here.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nMedchill: Twins and Joe Mauer. I was born in Las Vegas. My father's from Minnesota and he is a big Twins fan. There was no team in Las Vegas so that's how I started liking the Twins. I was a catcher growing up, so naturally I liked that position. I like how he plays the game, he's a great guy.
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