Last year, the Oakland Athletics signed Anthony Churlin out of a Florida high school as their 16th-round pick. After a relatively nondescript pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League, Churlin was one of the standouts during the A’s 2016 fall Instructional League.
In 2017, Churlin began the season in Extended Spring Training, but he joined the Vermont Lake Monsters for the start of the short-season. He got off to a slow start with Vermont, but then hit .316 in July and .286 in August. Churlin finished the New York-Penn League regular season with a .270/.326/.429 line in 48 games. He hit three homeruns — his first three as a pro — and he added three triples and 11 doubles.
Churlin will return to the A’s fall Instructional League later this month, but, for now, he is part of a Vermont squad that is looking to take home a league title.
Donald Moore spoke with Churlin around mid-season about his 2017 campaign.
Donald Moore: Hi Anthony, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Anthony Churlin: Started off a little bit slow but I picked it up this past month, and I just calmed the game down quite a bit.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
AC: Not to expect too much of myself, but get the job when I need to.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
AC: I’d have to say situational gaming, what’s the next play, what may happen and what not.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
DM: How are you acclimating this year to the pros?
AC: It’s different because I came out of high school, and then I played in the AZL league last year, but I love it. It’s definitely for me.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional athlete?
AC: Representing the Oakland A’s, definitively.
DM: Any pre-game routine?
AC: Get my batting practice in, and breathing techniques. I think it helped me out a lot lately.
DM: Any hobbies?
AC: Go to the beach, I guess. Just relaxing this off season.
DM: Where are you originally from?
AC: Born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up in Fort Myers, Florida.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
AC: My father.Definitely him.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?
AC: Triple play. We actually did it a couple weeks ago.
DM: Any off-season plans?
AC: Relax at home, probably with my family during this off season coming up.
DM: It was a pleasure meeting you and I want to thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
AC: I really appreciate it, thank you.
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