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Q&A with Oakland A’s 5th-round pick Brady Feigl

Oakland A’s fifth-round pick Brady Feigl has hit the ground running as a pro. Find out what his goals are for the 2018 season and more.

Brady Feigl / Photo by Greg Bessette
Brady Feigl has a 1.88 ERA between Vermont and Beloit / Photo by Greg Bessette

Brady Feigl turned down a chance to go pro after his junior season at Ole Miss, when he went in the 35th round to the Los Angeles Angels. That decision proved wise, as Feigl jumped 30 rounds to the fifth after a strong senior season at Mississippi.

Since turning pro, Feigl has continued to pitch well. In 20 innings with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Feigl allowed just three runs on six hits. He struck out 27 and walked seven. That performance earned him a promotion to Low-A Beloit. He’s made two starts for the Snappers so far, allowing two runs in four innings of work.

Donald Moore spoke with the right-handed starter about his transition to pro ball while Feigl was still with the Lake Monsters. Below is that conversation.

Donald Moore: Hi Brady, how’s everything going for you so far this season?
Brady Feigl: Oh, it’s good you know, settling in, meeting the guys is fun and I can’t complain.

DM: What are your goals for this year?
BF: Just to get acclimated to pro ball. You know, it’s a little bit different from college and that’s the biggest thing coming in and getting used to everything and getting stronger for spring training next year. And I want to work on a consistent change up. That’s the biggest thing I wanted to work on because I felt I had a good fastball and slider coming out of college and trying to get a third pitch mix in there.

DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
BF: My consistency. I come out everyday and give you everything I got, even if I don’t have my best stuff to get through it.

DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
BF: Just go back to that change up for a third pitch and pound the zone with all three pitches.

DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
BF: I like it so far. It’s a little different, but it’s something to get used to and it’s fun. It’s definitely what I want to do.

DM: What is the best thing about being a professional athlete?
BF: You’re playing ball for a living, getting paid money for a game that you love, so I can’t complain about that.

DM: What do you find is the hardest thing about playing in the pro circuit?
BF: I’d say the travel. We had to drive from Aberdeen overnight, and that was about 10 hours total, but you get used to it.

DM: Any pre game routines?
BF: You know, not really. Just lay around and listen to some music, relax and try not to think about the game until you get there.

DM: Any hobbies?
BF: Oh yeah, I like to hunt and fish a little bit. Being up in Vermont there is plenty of that. It’s nice.

DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
BF: I’m from St. Louis, so the Cardinals.

DM: Where are you originally from?
BF: Chesterfield, Missouri.

DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
BF: His name is Lance Sherman, my pitching coach from when I was nine to 18 years old. He taught me basically how to pitch and how to handle myself out there. I owe a lot to him.

DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
BF: [July 4] there was a skunk in the bullpen. That’s what I’d have to say. I don’t think he sprayed anybody, that wouldn’t be good.

DM: Any off season plans?
BF: I’m going to head back down to Ole Miss and work out at the facilities down there.

DM: Thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
BF: Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

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