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Oakland Athletics prospect Q&A: Jarrett Costa, C

Fremont native Jarrett Costa came to the Oakland A’s last season as a 33rd-round pick in the 2016 draft. The catcher/first baseman is spending his first full season with the Vermont Lake Monsters. Donald Moore spoke with Costa about his goals for the season.

Jarrett Costa / Photo by Greg Bessette
Jarrett Costa was the A's 33rd round pick in 2016. / Photo by Greg Bessette

After splitting his pro debut season between the Arizona Rookie League Athletics and the Vermont Lake Monsters, Jarrett Costa returned to Vermont in 2017 and has remained on the roster all season. In 30 games, Costa is batting .188/.282/.267 and he has collected his first career homerun.

A Bay Area native, Costa played at College of San Mateo and UC-Santa Barbara before finishing his collegiate career at Westmont College. He went to the A’s in the 33rd-round of last year’s draft. Costa caught exclusively in 2016 with the AZL A’s and Vermont, but this year, he has split his time between catcher and first base.

Donald Moore spoke with Costa about his season.

Donald Moore: Hi Jarrett, how is everything going for you so far this season?

Jarrett Costa: Things could be going a little bit better. I’ve had some tough luck with hard contact right at guys but just trying to stick with it and make the best of the season and try to  finish strong.

DM: What are your goals for this year?

JC: I’d like to get my average up a little bit and my RBIs, but like I said, just try to stick with the process and have some hard contact and quality at-bats. Most importantly, just try to continue to be a good teammate and leader.

DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?

JC: Over the last couple of years, I have learned how to manage my emotions a lot better than when I was a younger player, so I take some pride in that.

DM: What would you’d like to improve on?

JC: There is not one aspect in my game that I could not improve on. A little vague there but I’d like to improve offensively.

DM: What do you like best about being an professional athlete?

JC: Meeting all these guys. This is my first full year, so the new draft class came in. Very fun meeting all the new guys who came from much different schools and stuff like that and kind of introducing them to pro baseball.

DM: Any pre game routine?

JC: I drink about two cups of coffee and have a good breakfast. That’s pretty much my routine. Otherwise, jump rope and foam roll.

DM: Any hobbies?

JC: I like to golf on the off days.

DM: Favorite team growing up?

JC: Unfortunately, the San Francisco Giants.

DM: Where are you originally from?

JC: The Bay Area. Fremont, California.

DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?

JC: I’d say it was my coach at UC Santa Barbara. Just a lot about the pitching side of the game. It wasn’t until I got the opportunity at Westmont, where I really put it all together and got the opportunity I needed.

DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond? 

JC: I was playing summer ball one year and we had this tall righty who was throwing pretty hard, like 94 or 95 MPH, and we were younger, too, so that was pretty firm, and he threw it up and in a couple times to one of the catchers on the other team and he finally ended up hitting him and the kid helicoptered his bat at the pitcher and started a benches clearing brawl. So that was pretty gnarly.

DM: Any off-season plans?

JC: Actually I just plan to go to Hawaii for the first time in my life. Going there with my girlfriend. Other than that, just working out, grinding and trying to get better for spring training.

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.

JC: Alright and thank you.

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