PN Interview: 11th round draft pick Drew Stankiewicz – Phillies Nation

PN Interview: 11th round draft pick Drew Stankiewicz


Drew Stankiewicz, image- Jay Floyd

Infielder Drew Stankiewicz was an 11th round draft choice this year by the Phillies.  The son of former big leaguer Andy Stankiewicz, Drew is already in the midst of his second stint with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

After posting a .305 average in his junior year this season at Arizona State University, Stankiewicz was anxious to begin his pro career and quickly signed with the Phillies.

The 21-year-old batted .390 in July with short-season Class A Williamsport and rejoined the BlueClaws on July 30th.  He spent a week with Lakewood in June.  Through 13 games with the ‘Claws, the five-foot-nine 160-pounder has posted a .156 average with an RBI and two steals.

I spoke with Stankiewicz this past weekend about his draft experience, adjusting to the pro’s, his father’s pride in him and plenty more.  Read ahead for the full interview.

-What was your draft experience like?  How did you find out you were drafted by the Phillies and how did you celebrate?

I was sitting at home and I got a call from my scout, Brad Holland, saying that we’re probably going to take you in the next round.  So, I turned I turned on my computer and watched the pick and me and my family were just celebrating down in Phoenix, Arizona, where I live.

My whole family was there.  We just sat there and just were all happy, got some food.  It was like any normal day, and I was thankful I got drafted.

-What’s been the biggest thing about adjusting to the pro’s, coming from college?

Honestly, it’s more mental than I thought.  Physically, playing in the PAC the past years, which is the top baseball you can play in college baseball, but coming here, it’s more of a mental game, when you’re not succeeding you just get down on yourself, but you can’t do that, because you play every day here in the minors, so it’s just probably more mental.

-How do you think playing college ball helped you prepare for professional baseball?

I think it helped me tremendously.  Just the way we do things here is basically the same.  You’ve got to work hard, play hard and just grind everyday.

-What are your impressions of playing in Lakewood with the BlueClaws thus far?

I think the stadium’s beautiful.  That’s pretty much what stands out to me.  It’s amazing to play in.  The fans are great.  It’s just a great place to play.

-Thoughts on playing in Williamsport?

It was actually pretty fun playing there.  The Little League World Series is there.  It’s more of a smaller town than I’m used to, but it was a great place to play.  

-I know you grew up in a baseball family.  Do you remember the first game you attended?

Aw, shoot.  I probably couldn’t remember the first game.  They all blend together a bit, but I remember going to watch my dad play a lot.  That was obviously an unbelievable experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.  But I don’t think the first game is something that I would remember.

-Has your dad seen you play a game as a pro yet?

He’s actually seen me play two.  It was when we were down in Greensboro, he was in North Carolina, coaching the USA team, so he was there and he got to see me play a little bit.

-What was his reaction?  Tears in his eyes?  Great level of pride in his boy?

He’s pretty, uh- he’s a manly man.  He doesn’t show emotions around me, but I just want to make him proud in anything I do, so I’m sure he’s proud of me.

-Do you have any game day superstitions or good luck charms?

I think the one superstition I have is I have to say a prayer before every game.  Just probably that and putting on my socks and shoes the same way.  That’s about it though. 

-If you were asked to scout yourself, what would you say?

Shoot.  I’m just a grinder.  I’m not the most talented player.  You know, I’m five-foot-nothing.  But, I play defense real well and I just try to get on base anyway I can and try to help the team win anyway I can.  That’s my game.  Anyway I can help the team win, that’s what I got to do and I’m a grinder. 



  1. PaMikeyDC

    August 12, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I just signed off bc I saw nothing new…then went onto twitter and saw that an article was written about this….and here I am…PN on twitter!!!! So awesome.

  2. Phucco The bucco

    August 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    There wont be enough lights on the scoreboard tonight for LA’s runs when the phils play the angels.

    • Double Trouble Del

      August 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      It should be a slugfest considering the Angels are running out CJ Wilson with a stellar 4.82 ERA . Even the now departed Roberto Hernandez has a better ERA and Whip than Wilson.

      • Fregosi

        August 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        Ha ha no slug fest for the philthies. They got an ass wpin.

  3. Lefty

    August 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Im probably the only person watching this game on here this late. But just in case, I wanted to ask if anyone could see what they have spelled in the outfield grass. I have the Angels feed and they didn’t mention it. It looks like it says Jim Fregosi. Can anyone see that?

    • Morris Buttermaker

      August 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Yea, it says Fregosi. They had a tribute to him before the game. His son threw out the first pitch.

      • Hogey's Role

        August 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        Yes, 11 fregosi

  4. Lefty

    August 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks guys I see it now and the patches the Angels are wearing with #11.

  5. Lefty

    August 12, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Fregosi was a pretty good shortstop for them and one of the baseball cards I remember having.

    • schmenkman

      August 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Looks like the Phils are wearing the same patches.

      Fregosi fun facts:

      He received MVP votes every year from age 21 through age 28.

      He was also one of the best young shortstops in MLB history. On the list of highest WAR by a shortstop through age 28, Fregosi ranks 5th all-time (from bb-ref):

      1) ARod 71
      2) A.Vaughan 60
      3) Young 50
      4) Ripken 50
      5) FREGOSI 45
      6) Banks 43

      10) Trammel 38
      11) Jeter 37
      12) Garciaparra 35

      After that he faced a number of health issues, including a foot tumor when he was 29.

      • schmenkman

        August 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm

        That’s Arky Vaughan with 60, and it should be Yount at #3 with 50.

  6. Lefty

    August 12, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I always knew Fregosi could hit but he must have been a great all around player to accumulate that WAR.

  7. Lefty

    August 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Just found out that the Angels TV announcer is the son of former Phillie Cookie Rojas.

  8. Lefty

    August 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    RBI number 73

  9. Lefty

    August 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Now they’re showing the first pitch ceremony. Fregosi’s son looks a lot like he did.

  10. Morris Buttermaker

    August 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Yea, his son look just like him.

    I really enjoyed Fregosi. Even when his teams were bad, they were still fun to watch.

    Unlike this crew.

    • Lefty

      August 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      You didn’t think they were fun to watch this week? I did. To each his own I guess.

      • Morris Buttermaker

        August 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        It depends on the game.

        I was at the 15 inning game. The ending was good. The 12 innings between runs, not so much.

  11. Morris Buttermaker

    August 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    If you are going to be bad, at least be comically bad. That was perfect Angels.

  12. Morris Buttermaker

    August 13, 2014 at 12:02 am

    And then Marlon Byrd raises the bar on comically bad plays.

    I haven’t seen something like that since Little League.

  13. Morris Buttermaker

    August 13, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Can somebody wake up Sandberg to pull Bastardo from the game?

    • Chuck A.

      August 13, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Yeah, what exactly was Sandberg thinking?

      • Morris Buttermaker

        August 13, 2014 at 12:14 am

        Bastardo had two pitches tonight:

        1. Ball

        2. Blast to the outfield.

  14. Chuck A.

    August 13, 2014 at 12:18 am

    The shame in all this is that Williams actually pitched a pretty good game.

    • Morris Buttermaker

      August 13, 2014 at 12:38 am

      Yea, he pitched well.

      He pulled a Houdini in the first inning. And then really settled down.

  15. Lefty

    August 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    He sure did. The Angels announcers thought he might be pumped to face his old team.

  16. Lefty

    August 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I gotta give credit to the Phils for getting anything at all back for Fausto Hernandez when any team could have picked up Jerome Williams for nothing. Lifetime stats say they are virtually the same pitcher, and Williams is slightly younger.

    • Lefty

      August 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      That’s one “in demand” trade piece right there all right.

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