2007 MLB Draft Q&A: Tim Ferguson

Ferguson is an offensive-minded middle infielder

Well known among scouts as one of the toolsiest middle infielders in the country, Tim Ferguson has made a strong push to up his prospect status in recent months. Out of West Brook High School in Texas, Ferguson could sneak into the top three rounds of the draft next June. We recently sat down with him for a Q&A session.

Scout.com: First of all, it was a summer of showcases for you. How do you feel your summer went and what were you able to get out of it?

Tim Ferguson: All in all, the summer went well for me. Although I have many aspects in my game that I must improve to able myself to be a top notch division-I player, or strive in the professionals. I was able to be seen my many collegiate and professional scouts.

Scout.com: Which event do you think you had your best showing at and why?

Tim Ferguson: My best showing occurred at the national showcase in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This was the showcase I had worked hard all summer for, so I made sure I did my best.

Scout.com: If you had describe your overall game, what are some important things you'd point out and basically what should people know about your style of play?

Tim Ferguson: I am not a showy player, but day in and day out, my game shows consistency and potential. My swing has length. So, when my body progresses my power will increase dramatically.

Scout.com: What would you say is your strongest attribute as a player and why?

Tim Ferguson: My ability to do the job needed in game situations.

Scout.com: Have you committed to college yet? If so, which one and have you thought ahead about the decision you could have to make between going pro and college?

Tim Ferguson: Yes, I committed to Ole Miss. Getting drafted in the top five rounds would definitely turn my head, but anything lower would probably result in sticking to college and getting that experience before turning pro.

Scout.com: What do you feel are the most significant improvements you have to make over the next year and how do you plan to correct them?

Tim Ferguson: My main concentration for improving lies solely on getting stronger and improving arm speed.

Scout.com: It seems that you were a player that moved up a lot on many prospects lists this summer. What differences do you think there were in your game that got you the added attention?

Tim Ferguson: Well, I made many improvements strength-wise and matured a great deal mentally as a player.

Scout.com: What do you feel is the most important thing an organization should know about you that they might not see at first glance?

Tim Ferguson: I enjoy the game of baseball, but know when to turn it on and compete.

Scout.com: What big league player would you best compare yourself to in terms of style and why?

Tim Ferguson: Robinson Cano. A player who hits for average, but shows power to the gaps and occasional home runs.

Scout.com: How would you describe your approach at the plate?

Tim Ferguson: I look first pitch, if it's off-speed I lay off unless the pitch is hung. When up in the count, I look fastball middle in. With two strikes, I shorten up and focus on line drives.

Scout.com: You've been praised for your offensive skills by many scouts. What do you think makes you such a strong hitter?

Tim Ferguson: I have put so much work into the mechanics to a swing the past three or four years, that I have the advantage to lay off for a couple of days and focus on getting stronger, and have the ability to still have the same swing. My mental approach has improved greatly, and the extension through the zone helps with the breaking pitches thrown to me.

Scout.com: How do you feel playing against such strong competition has helped you as a player?

Tim Ferguson: It has helped a lot. When the competition rises, my game rises. My mental game increases when the pitcher is throwing better, resulting in good at bats.

Scout.com: How would you break down your defensive game? Do you feel it is one of your stronger points?

Tim Ferguson: My defensive game is above average, but can improve. I have good hands and good feet. Although I am working very hard on improving both aspects. Yes, I do think it is a strong point to my game, but not my strongest.

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