Q&A with Braves 18th Round Pick Ross Heffley

Heffley can play all over the field

The Braves selected second baseman Ross Heffley in the 18th round out of Western Carolina University. He sat down with us for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Braves, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, and more.

AtlantaDugout.com: I am going to start off by saying congratulations on getting drafted.

Ross Heffley: Thank you, yeah, I'm very excited.

AtlantaDugout.com: Can you tell us a little bit about what is going through your mind after being selected by the Braves?

Heffley: I'm just very excited to be able to continue my baseball career especially with the Atlanta Braves. They're my hometown team; I live about thirty minutes away from Turner Field and all my buddies and myself are big Braves fans. It's just a dream come true.

AtlantaDugout.com: Can you talk a little bit about your game and how you see yourself fitting into the Braves organization?

Heffley: It will be up to them as to what position I play. I feel like I'm a second basemen but I can play all over the field. I'm going to try to help the organization out anyway that I can. I feel like I can play a pretty solid defense at second, third, or even at a corner outfield. I'll just do whatever I can and then hopefully hit the ball.

AtlantaDugout.com: What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?

Heffley: I feel like I have the ability to get a high average and move runners around. Hopefully play a solid defense at second base; I feel like I can turn the double play pretty good. Weaknesses; one of the things I need to work on is my range defensively and my speed as well. I feel like I did a good job improving my speed during this offseason. I had career high in stolen bases here at Western Carolina University. I hope I can keep improving on that, get faster become a better base runner, and maybe a threat on the bases later in my career.

AtlantaDugout.com: Who would you compare yourself to at the major-league level so that our Braves fans have someone to compare you to?

Heffley: I guess just because I'm short, I'm only 5-foot-8, and I play second base; so I guess I could be compared to Dustin Pedroia just in terms of body type. I feel like our style of game is pretty similar because he's pretty scrappy, he's kind of a bear and basically to state facts I feel like that's my approach to the plate too. In that respect we are comparable.

AtlantaDugout.com: Were you surprised that the Braves took you in the draft or did you see it coming?

Heffley: I knew they were interested and the Braves scout had been calling me the past couple weeks. I knew there was a chance that that's where I would go. I was very excited when I got the call in the eighteenth round and I am very excited to be playing for them.

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

Heffley: You know I had some great moments at Western Carolina; I played with some great teams and teammates. Over all I think my best moment was my senior year in high school when we won the state championship at Brookwood. It was amazing; eight of the guys were seniors and some of my best friends. It was just a blast getting to play on that team and win.

AtlantaDugout.com: Now you're from Georgia so would you say that the Braves was your favorite team growing up, so who was your favorite player from that team?

Heffley: Actually when I was younger my dad was a Yankees fan from Pennsylvania. I was kind of raised rooting for the Yankees, I didn't move to Atlanta until the fifth grade. When I was little I was a big Derek Jeter fan and I stuck with them and then once I moved to Atlanta and hopping on the Braves band wagon; especially with all my buddies being big Braves fans.

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