Devin Foyle parlayed a breakout junior season with Kansas into a spot in the Oakland A’s organization as a 17th-round pick in 2018. The outfielder hit .330/.417/.578 with 10 home runs and 12 stolen bases for the Jayhawks.
Foyle played regularly in his pro debut season with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, but he struggled with the bat. In 49 games, he hit .169/.280/.218. He did steal 11 bases in 12 chances.
During the season, Foyle spoke with Donald Moore about his progress in pro ball.
Donald Moore: Hi Devin, how is everything going for you so far this year?
Devin Foyle: It’s been good. I kind of started off with a rough start, but everything has been falling into place lately, so it’s been good.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
DF: Really just try to adapt to everything. Take everything in and just get the real experience of professional baseball.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a baseball player?
DF: Definitely my speed and and how I run the bases and and my playing in the outfield and all that.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
DF: My power and weight. During the off season just try to put on more weight and fill out kind of more as a baseball player.
DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
DF: I really like it. It’s a great experience. I’m meeting great people and it’s really fun playing baseball, so it’s all good.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional athlete?
DF: Getting to be able to play everyday and see new places and meet new people.
DM: What is the hardest thing about being a pro?
DF: Playing everyday, learning how to adapt with your body, and the mental side of everything which is hard, but it’s been good.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
DF: Not really, mostly just standard hitting and stretching before games. Everything we do in Vermont has been really good and I’m getting used to that.
DM: Any hobbies?
DF: I love to go hiking.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
DF: The D-Backs.
DM: Where are you originally from?
DF: I’m from Fountain Hills, Arizona.
DM: If there is one person that has taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
DF: It would be my dad. He never really played baseball, but he kind of taught me the mental side of the game and try to handle everything you’d see on a baseball field, which was very helpful.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
DF: I really don’t know. It’s a hard question.
DM: Any off-season plans?
DF: Right now just go back to school. Train and gain as much weight as possible.
DM: Thank you for time and the best of luck to you and your career.
DF: Thank you.
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