After walking more than he struck-out (58 walks against 57 strike-outs) in four years of college, Hunter Hargrove seemed like a perfect fit for the Oakland Athletics. The A’s picked up the Texas Tech first baseman in the 25th-round of the 2017 draft.
After signing with the A’s, Hargrove made his pro debut with the AZL Athletics, and he remained in the Arizona Rookie League until July 31, when he was promoted to short-season Vermont. In 17 games in the AZL, Hargrove hit .299/.356/.418 with 13 RBI.
Hargrove has played in 19 games since joining the Lake Monsters. He is batting .233/.263/.315 with a homerun (his first in the pros) with Vermont.
Donald Moore spoke with Hargrove shortly after his promotion to Vermont. Below is their discussion.
Donald Moore: Hi Hunter, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Hunter Hargrove: It’s going pretty good. I enjoyed playing in the AZL, so I’m looking forward to playing here with Vermont now.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
HH: Just help the team win in anyway I can and just be a great teammate and just be the best that I can be.
DM: Just for the record, are you related to former slugger and former A’s non-roster player Mike Hargrove?
HH: No, I wish I was though, LOL.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a baseball player?
HH: Being a good teammate. I think that is a good thing. I just have fun and keep their smiles on their faces.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
HH: Being more consistent at the plate probably.Barreling balls up and doing my job.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
HH: I’m adjusting pretty well. It was fun in the AZL league. We had a lot of cool guys on the team and the management made it really easy, so I really enjoyed it.
DM: What do you like best about being a pro athlete?
HH: Saying that you are a professional athlete. I think that is the best part.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
HH: Not much. I just like to get out there and play.
DM: Any hobbies?
HH: I like to bowl. I’m a big bowler.
DM: Where are you originally from?
HH: I’m from Arlington Texas.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
HH: Texas Rangers.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
HH: My dad. He was a big supporter of me growing up and he still is a big supporter of me today. So I really appreciate everything he has done for me .
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
HH: I’ve seen some dogs being let loose on the field. We had to have a little bit of delay until they rounded up the dogs and got them off the field. I think that was the craziest thing that I ever witnessed on a baseball diamond.
DM: Any off-season plans?
HH: No, not much. Just probably just get ready for the next season .
DM: Thank you so much for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
HH: Thank you, I appreciate it.
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