Mickey McDonald may have played his college baseball in the Midwest, but he was a hometown draft pick when he went to the Oakland Athletics in the 18th-round of the 2017 MLB Draft. McDonald grew up across the Bay from the Oakland Coliseum in San Mateo, California. He attended Serra High School, where he was teammates with A’s prospect Collin Theroux.
McDonald played his college ball at the University of Illinois, Chicago. After signing with the A’s, McDonald made his pro debut with the AZL A’s. In 20 games in the AZL, McDonald hit .278/.329/.417. He was promoted to Vermont on July 30. McDonald hit only .130 in 16 games for the Lake Monsters, but he had some key hits for Vermont down-the-stretch.
Donald Moore spoke with McDonald shortly after he was promoted to Vermont.
Donald Moore: Hi Mickey, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Mickey McDonald: Good, everything is going good. I just came out here from Arizona to Vermont, so I’m kind of getting to know everyone, new teams, and all the different players and personalities. Trying to fit in, so it’s going really good. They are a great group of guys.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
MM: Just kind of improve and get better, take the opportunity to get at-bats and take every day for what it is and get a little better every day.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
MM: Probably speed.
DM: What would you like to improve on?
MM: A little more power and just overall contact and plate awareness.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
MM: Good. Last summer I played in the Northwoods League, which is a lot like this schedule playing everyday, only a couple off days, so that kind of was good prep for this and just playing baseball everyday is always great.
DM: What do you like best about being a pro athlete?
MM: Coming out and getting to work on your craft every day. In school sometimes you have to balance the two, you kind of had to choose one over the other sometimes and when you only have to focus on baseball, it makes it a lot easier to develop and get better at that.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
MM: Listen to some music, get in the zone, try to calm myself down for the game and then go from there.
DM: Any hobbies?
MM: A little golf in the off-season and pretty much play video games. That’s pretty much it.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
MM: The Giants actually. We’re San Francisco fans, so I was always at the games growing up and went to school there. Barry Bonds went to my high school, so I was always a big Barry Bonds fan, too.
DM: Where are you originally from?
MM: San Mateo, California. It’s like 15 minutes south of San Francisco.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
MM: Definitely my dad. Growing up with him and always working with me. My dad is my biggest role model.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever witnessed on a baseball diamond?
MM: We turned a triple play here, but in Arizona we also turned a triple play. It’s was pretty great and crazy and it was pretty cool.
DM: Any off-season plans?
MM: Maybe a vacation, but I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it. Just trying to finish up strong.
DM: Thank you so much for your time and the best of luck to you.
MM: Thank you.
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