The Oakland Athletics 2017 draft class has collectively put together a solid debut season, but the breakout position player has been outfielder Logan Farrar. As the Oakland A’s 36th-round pick, Farrar was the lowest-round pick to sign with Oakland this season. Despite his draft position, Farrar has put together an eye-opening pro debut.
The Virginia Commonwealth alum began his pro debut season with the AZL Athletics, but it was soon evident he was too good for the Arizona Rookie League. In nine games, he hit .486/.561/.800. Farrar was promoted to short-season Vermont on July 11, and he’s kept on hitting. Through Saturday, Farrar has a .320/.384/.456 line in 147 at-bats with the Lake Monsters.
Donald Moore spoke with the Massachusetts native about his transition to pro ball.
Donald Moore: Hi Logan, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Logan Farrar: Pretty good, I can’t complain you know, and I’m just happy to be here with all these guys and sharing a new experience.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
LF: Just continue to better my game and hopefully climb the ladder, and at the same time just continue to become a better player. And digest all this information that is given to me and sink in all these experiences and try to take it as best I can and hopefully use it to further my career.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a baseball player?
LF: Versatility. I kind of move around the field a lot position wise and when it comes to people come and looking at me, I’m a big guy who is pretty fast , and I think I’m kind of a hybrid kind of guy.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
LF: Everything you know. I definitely don’t think I have reached all my potential yet, so I think there are always things you can improve on. I’d like to strike out less, hit home runs more and throw guys out more.
DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
LF: I think it took a while once I got up here to Vermont. I was kind of nervous with all these new guys and you want to be able to show what you do, but I think as I said, I came into this as I am as a player so I think I have adjusted to it very well. I mean, I love it. Being with these guys is pretty fun.
DM: What do you like best about being a pro athlete?
LF: You get a food discount.I’ll take that.
DM: Any pregame routine?
LF: No, no pregame routine. I pretty much tape up and go hit early and then do it all over again.
DM: Any hobbies?
LF: No major ones, I just like to read in my downtime and play video games.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
LF: The Boston Red Sox. I was originally born right outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up a Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
LF: Jack Ferris. He coached me when I was probably 11 years old to when I was 18 years old. I fumbled around with a few teams back then but he took me under his wing and I know I can always go to him and the people around him.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
LF: I don’t think I have seen anything that crazy out of the usual, like triple plays and things like that, but nothing wild.
DM: Any off-season plans?
LF: Just go home, probably help coach little kids on baseball, earn a little bit of money and just relax and enjoy myself.
DM: The best of luck to you and thank you so much for your time.
LF: No problem and thank you.
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