Q&A with Yanks 29th round Pick Stewart Ijames

We sat down with Yankees' 29th round pick, Stewart Ijames, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from the University of Louisville says about his game, his favorite player and how he'll fit into the Yankees organization, and more!

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

Stewart Ijames: It's obviously a very historical team. It's an honor to be considered a player for the most dominant team in baseball history.

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?

Ijames: I'm a free swinger. I like to swing a lot. I'm a big-bodied guy who can hit for power. I'm a double and RBI guy."

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

Ijames: Strengths - I have a pretty good arm in the outfield and I've always been known for hitting. Weaknesses - I'm quick but not fast. I don't have a whole lot of speed.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Ijames: The reads off the bat, the first step and all that stuff is crucial. I have a pretty good arm in the outfield. Me not having much speed is really the only downside of my defense.

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?

Ijames: I take pride in hitting, but also on my defense. I'm working on making routine plays look easy. I really don't know who I would compare my game too, that's a tough one.

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

Ijames: In all honesty, I knew there were just a few teams that I really liked. The Yankees were one of them. Even in high school, I was very close with a Yankees scout. He helped me get drafted. It was not a shock. It was an expected surprise if that makes any sense at all.

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

Ijames: I'm a hitter. I don't care where I'm at on defense. I'm athletic. Given a couple days, or a week tops, I could learn a position and be able to play it.

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

Ijames: It was definitely with Louisville. I was able to start as a freshman and we won the conference championship (Big East) my first year. That had never been done in the school's history, so it was a great feeling.

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

Ijames: I was never really a fan of any team, I was just a fan of certain players. Growing up, I was always a huge Griffey fan. He changed the game on how he played center field. He stayed true to the game and always displayed a lot of athleticism. He did everything the right way.

PinstripesPlus.com: 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?

Ijames: Right now, I'm on my way to the Cape Cod summer league. I'll be playing there all summer. We'll see if we can't get something done.

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\r\nStewart Ijames: It's obviously a very historical team. It's an honor to be considered a player for the most dominant team in baseball history.
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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\nIjames: I'm a free swinger. I like to swing a lot. I'm a big-bodied guy who can hit for power. I'm a double and RBI guy.\"
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
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\r\nIjames: Strengths - I have a pretty good arm in the outfield and I've always been known for hitting. Weaknesses - I'm quick but not fast. I don't have a whole lot of speed.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
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\r\nIjames: The reads off the bat, the first step and all that stuff is crucial. I have a pretty good arm in the outfield. Me not having much speed is really the only downside of my defense.
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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\nIjames: I take pride in hitting, but also on my defense. I'm working on making routine plays look easy. I really don't know who I would compare my game too, that's a tough one.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
\r\n
\r\nIjames: In all honesty, I knew there were just a few teams that I really liked. The Yankees were one of them. Even in high school, I was very close with a Yankees scout. He helped me get drafted. It was not a shock. It was an expected surprise if that makes any sense at all.
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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\nIjames: I'm a hitter. I don't care where I'm at on defense. I'm athletic. Given a couple days, or a week tops, I could learn a position and be able to play it.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nIjames: It was definitely with Louisville. I was able to start as a freshman and we won the conference championship (Big East) my first year. That had never been done in the school's history, so it was a great feeling.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
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\r\nIjames: I was never really a fan of any team, I was just a fan of certain players. Growing up, I was always a huge Griffey fan. He changed the game on how he played center field. He stayed true to the game and always displayed a lot of athleticism. He did everything the right way.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: 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\nIjames: Right now, I'm on my way to the Cape Cod summer league. I'll be playing there all summer. We'll see if we can't get something done.
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