Q&A with Braves 36th Round Pick Braden Bishop

Bishop has a commitment to Univ. of Washington

The Braves selected centerfielder Braden Bishop in the 36th round pick out of St. Francis High School in California. 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: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Braves?

Braden Bishop: It feels good because I've always liked watching the Braves play and they were the one team that showed the most interest so it was exciting when I got the call.

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

Bishop: I'm the guy that loves to play the game. I'll play it hard. I just try to play faster than everybody else; I run faster and hustle everything. I'm not a power guy so I have to put the ball down and put pressures on the other teams so that's what I do.

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

Bishop: My strengths are definitely my speed and my defense. I can put the ball in play, which is another strength. One of my biggest weaknesses right now is my power, but I'm still pretty young so I have time to develop that and hopefully over the years I can become more of a power guy.

AtlantaDugout.com: How about your defensive game?

Bishop: It definitely helps being fast. In the outfield you have to be fast so that helps me and I like running around in the outfield and catching fly balls. I've been doing it forever so it's pretty easy now.

AtlantaDugout.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Braves' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Bishop: I'd say Drew Stubbs from the Cincinnati Reds. He's a tall lean guy and obviously he's a little bigger than me, but we play the game the right way. I take pride in playing the game the right way so I mean that's the closest that I can think of.

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

Bishop: It wasn't exactly a surprise, but I mean you never really know until you pick up the phone call or until they call you. It was a good feeling when they called.

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

Bishop: I hope I can stay in the same position. I'm more focused on getting faster and honing in on my defensive skills in centerfield. Hopefully I can stay in center my whole career.

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

Bishop: I'll probably say it was when we won the championship my junior year in high school, we won a league title. That was probably the best because i got to play with a bunch of guys that went on to play in college and a couple guys went to play in the pros so it was a good moment.

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

Bishop: My favorite player was and still is Torii Hunter from the Angels. My favorite team is the New York Mets because some of my dad's family grew up in New York so I have a connection, but probably not so much anymore because their in the same division as the Braves.

AtlantaDugout.com: What are your immediate plans now that you've been drafted by the Braves? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Bishop: I think I'm going to wait it out until the deadline and then see because I've got a great college, the University of Washington that I'm committed to so we'll see what happens and how everything works itself out. Either way it's a win-win situation and I'd like to thank the Atlanta Braves organization for this opportunity.

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