After two seasons in the Dominican Summer League and two seasons in the Arizona Rookie League, catcher Robert Mullen finally received an opportunity to play for a non-complex affiliate this season. Suiting up for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Mullen has appeared in 17 games, hitting .148 with a home run.
A native of Panama, Mullen signed with the A’s as a teenager in July 2012. Mullen has primarily been a catcher, although he has also seen time at first base. Donald Moore recently spoke with Mullen before a game at Tri-City about his goals for the season, the impression he hopes to make on the A’s and more.
Donald Moore: How is everything going for you so far this year?
Robert Mullen: Everything is going good, thanks for asking.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
RM: I’d like to put up good numbers, and make the team like me.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
RM: Catching behind the plate. I try not to make errors and try to create a good relationship with the pitchers.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
RM: My hitting. I’d like to improve on my hitting everyday.
DM: How many years have you’ve been playing in the A’s minor league system?
RM: I have been playing for like five years. I’ve had a long career already. I started when I was 17 years old.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional athlete?
RM: Traveling and playing with the guys and for people is the most important thing.
DM: What is the hardest thing about being a pro baseball player?
RM: Being homesick. That is very hard for players coming from other countries, so that is the most difficult thing.
DM: Where are you originally from?
DM: Any pre-game routines?
RM: Yes, catching warmups and batting practice.
DM: Any hobbies?
RM: When I’m not playing, I like to play baseball and sit in my bed.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
RM: Kansas City
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
RM: My grandfather.
DM: Craziest thing you ever seen on a baseball field?
RM: The ball going behind you and you fall on your butt. You want it in front of you. That is the craziest thing that I have ever seen.
DM: Any off season plans?
RM: I think I’m going to play in Panama this summer, so that’s my plan for the off season.
DM: I want to thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
RM: Thank you.
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