The Oakland Athletics liked Payton Squier so much, they drafted him twice. The Phoenix native was the A’s 2014 39th-round pick coming out of high school. After electing to attend UNLV, Squier had his named called again by the A’s three years later, this time in the 16th round.
Squier spent three seasons with the Runnin’ Rebels. He hit for average throughout his collegiate career, finishing with a .330 BA in 167 college games. Squier also showed a good eye, walking more than he struck-out.
After signing with the A’s, Squier was assigned to short-season Vermont. He got off to a slow start with the Lake Monsters, hitting .226 in July. Squier has picked up the pace considerably in August. In eight games this month, he is batting .313/.333/.406.
Donald Moore spoke with the outfielder about his transition to pro ball.
Donald Moore: Hi Payton, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Payton Squier: Pretty good. It’s fun getting out here and playing games and getting to meet new people.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
PS: Just have a successful year and keep advancing in the system and get better everyday and meeting new people and build friendships.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
PS: Probably my confidence. It’s never bad to have too much confidence. It carries a long way, so that is probably my biggest strength.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
PS: I mean everything as a baseball player. I don’t think anybody is perfect at one thing, so improving each and every day is part of the ultimate goal.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
PS: I think fine. Coming from college, I don’t really see a great difference out here. Obviously it’s much better talent and you’re playing against really good players everyday. But it’s not too big of a difference and I’m just enjoying it.
DM: What do you like best about being a pro athlete?
PS: Probably just the atmosphere, you know? Like walking out onto the field is much different than college and I would say the fans and the energy and the atmosphere and all of that.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
PS: No, I really don’t have any .
DM: Any hobbies?
PS: I like to golf. That’s one of the main things I like to do, but obviously we don’t have a lot of time to do that.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
PS: The Chicago Bears.
DM: Where are you originally from?
PS: I’m from Phoenix, Arizona.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
PS: Probably my dad. I mean he’s the one that introduced me to it and coached me for most of my life, so he has really taught me a lot about the game and how to play it right.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
PS: Probably four home runs in a row.
DM: Any off-season plans?
PS: Not right now you know. I might take my brother [Marlins’ minor league pitcher Scott Squier] somewhere because he took me his first year, so I might plan a vacation somewhere.
DM: I want to thank you for your time and it was a pleasure to meet you. And the best of luck to you, as well.
PS: Thank you, I really appreciate it.
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