Interview with Rays fan & Potential 1st Rounder Shawon Dunston Jr.

Note: I'm going to pull up 2 or 3 interviews per week. Some will be Rays prospects, some will be upcoming draft prospects (will be cool trust me), and some will be Baseball personnel. I hope you enjoy this one; Shawon is a good buddy of mine and although this isn't noted in the interview because we did this back during the World Series, he is commited to Vanderbilt which is really exciting. ]

Your likely to be a first round pick in next years draft. Aside from getting drafted, what are you most excited about come next June?

Well I do not know if I will go in the 1st round in the draft, I cannot control that, but i can control playing hard and continue to work hard and getting my game better in every aspects.

What's it like having a father  who is a mentor and cheerleader?

its great, but at the same time tough, my dad pushes me hard everyday and he is the one who keeps me level headed with everything and I just learn and take things from him because he has been there and done that.

If you could pick any team to draft you, which team would it be and why?

The rays because my favorite player Bj Upton plays on that team

There are rougly 8 months until draft day. What kind of work will you be doing physically to prepare for the draft?

I will be doing alot of leg work, to improve my strength in my legs, and some upperbody work to add more pounds on me

What similiarities do you and your father have in terms of your playing abilities?

 We both play hard, we are both fast. Hitting I have quick hands and wrists which i got from him. Talk to me about what you anticipate when thinking about begininging your pro career. Whenever if it is the summer of 2011, or the summer of 2014 I know i am one step closer of reaching my ultimate goal which is playing in the Majors.

Aside from possibly your father, have you been given any comparisons that you think suit you? If so, who? and Who are some of your favorite players?

I have been compared to Dexter Fowler which I can say that is true, because we both are fast and have talent, and we just havent put it all together yet. My favorite players are Bj Upton, Dexter Fowler, Ryan Braun and Jose Reyes

What has it been like facing the best pitchers in the nation? I know the best pitcher you ever faced was A.J. Vanegas who was just drafted by the Padres. Describe the challenge of competing against the best pitchers and players and the return to high school ball.

Besides Venagas whom is at Stanford now, it was great facing pitchers like Tyler Beede and Mike Kelly and so on. You want to compete against the best and if you are considered as one of the best you have to step up and prove it. It will be a challenge, but I know what it is like to play against the best in the country and coming back to high school ball i will have to be on my top of my game, because no one is going to hand you anything.

How excited are you for your final high school season and do you plan to change any part of your game?

I am very excited i want to win a section title for my high school team. I want to be more of a team leader, lead by example, and I want to use the whole field hitting, and not just one side of it.

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