After a stellar four-year career in the University of South Carolina bullpen, Josh Reagan joined the Oakland Athletics this season as a 15th-round draft pick. The left-hander has made five appearances since joining the Vermont Lake Monsters on July 16. He has a 3.86 ERA and he has yet to walk a batter in 9.1 innings. He has also struck-out nine.
At USC, Reagan had a 2.71 ERA in 186 innings pitched over a four-year career. He struck-out 156 and walked 53. Donald Moore spoke with Reagan about his first year as a pro.
Donald Moore: Hi Josh, how is everything going for you so far this year?
Josh Reagan: Good.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
JR: Just keep improving. This is definitely an developmental league, so I just want to work on my delivery and mechanics, and I’m working on a cutter/slider right now. Try to stay focused and stay positive, don’t get too high or too low and just stay the course.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
JR: I was lucky enough to play four years in the USC and I think that has helped me tremendously seeing four years of some of the best hitters in all of college baseball. It is probably the most important thing that has gotten me here and helped me the most mentally, if I can get those guys out, I could probably get guys out here, too.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
JR: Don’t get too high or too low. If I have a bad outing, don’t get down on myself. It’s a long season and hopefully a long career. Can’t dwell on the past but look forward to the future and work hard and improve each and everyday.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
JR: I love it. Personally, I love traveling. I like meeting new people and going to new places, traveling all over the Northeast, all over the country, to be honest. I enjoy every second of it.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional athlete?
JR: It’s a dream, obviously. Growing up I wanted to play professional baseball and now that I’m doing it, I’m living out my dream. I had a goal and I achieved that goal.
DM: Any pregame routines?
JR: Not really. I’m not really superstitious. I’m a reliever, so I don’t ever know when I’m going to pitch, so I’ve just got to stay focused and stay ready whenever my name is called.
DM: Any hobbies?
JR: I like to golf. I’m not great at it and I love it. I love watching movies and skateboarding, but I don’t skateboard often because I can’t get hurt. I’ve got to stay healthy.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
JR: I didn’t really have one. I didn’t watch a lot of baseball, but the Oakland Athletics are my favorite team.
DM: Where are you originally from?
JR: Born and raised in South Carolina.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
JR: There has been a lot in my life. It’s not just one that has got me to this point. Coach Hucks, my high school coach, he’s been a huge factor. Coach Faulkner was my pitching coach in high school, Coach Evett, when I was about 10 0r 11 years old. I can keep going on and on, but they all had a huge impact on me in my career and my life without those people, I would definitely not be standing here.
DM: Craziest thing you ever seen on a baseball diamond?
JR: I didn’t see it, but apparently we turned a triple play a couple weeks ago. That was pretty cool.
DM: Any off-season plans?
JR: Get stronger, improve, get better. Get my velocity back, get my stamina back, so I’m excited to work hard in the off-season and get back out here for the next season.
DM: I want to thank you for your time, and it was a pleasure to meet you, and the best of luck to you.
JR: Thank you, I appreciate it sir.
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