In 2010, the Oakland A’s selected a power-hitting outfielder from the University of Texas, Arlington with the 10th overall pick in the draft. Eight years later, the A’s selected yet another UTA star, this time grabbing Noah Vaughan in the 12th round of this year’s draft.
Vaughan didn’t quite have Michael Choice‘s power numbers at UTA, but he had an impressive junior season. In 57 games, Vaughan hit .276/.382/.548 with 14 home runs.
After signing with the A’s for a $100,000 bonus, Vaughan was assigned to the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. The left-handed hitting outfielder has gotten off to a slow start this season, batting .178 through his first 31 games.
Donald Moore spoke with the outfielder before a recent series at Tri-City about his pro debut season, his acclimation to pro ball, his hobbies and more…
Donald Moore: Hi Noah, hows everything going so far for you this year?
Noah Vaughan: Personally not good far as stats go, but we’re not that many games in, so I’m not going to freak out about it because there’s plenty of season left. Other that that, and I’m having a blast, loving the process and the daily grind and all the stuff that we do, so it’s been a lot of fun.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
NV: I’d like to just continue to get bigger, stronger and obviously get better at the plate as far as discipline goes and mature a little bit as a hitter, start having better at bats and a higher on-base percentages and get the average up and just find ways to produce for the team.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength is as a baseball player?
NV: I think I have a good combination of speed and power and I think that helps me a lot on the field and I’d say that’s my biggest strength.
DM: What would you like to improve on?
NV: Plate discipline for sure. I think that I show a little immaturity at the plate and the ‘zone and get better at being a more selective hitter at the plate.
DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
NV: It’s been a struggle a little bit, statistically, but I’m learning things everyday and trying to be a sponge to soak up as much information and knowledge as I can and improve each day. I think I’m doing alright.
DM: What is the best thing about being a pro athlete?
NV: You’re getting paid to play a game and it doesn’t get any better than that.
DM: What do you find is the hardest thing about playing in the pro circuit?
NV: Time away from friends and family, and being on the road a lot. It kinds of wears on your body, but it’s not too bad.
DM: Any pregame routine?
NV: Everyday we do the pregame active game warm up, hitting in the cage and all that. Personally I usually just like to listen to music and try to calm down and calm your nerves before the game then get ready for the game. That’s just what I do.
DM: Any hobbies?
NV: Outside of baseball, I like to fish a lot. I’m from Texas. I like to play guitar. I like music a lot and that’s about it.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
NV: New York Yankees. My parents were fans, so I kind of followed what they did and became a fan of them.
DM: Where are you originally from?
NV: Orlando, Florida. I grew up there for nine years and then we moved to Texas.
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
NV: That would be my dad. He took a lot of time when I was growing up and just really focused on developing me and teaching me how to play the game the right way and I’m really appreciative of the time and effort he put in so I could be the best baseball player I could be and he really taught me a lot about the game.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on the baseball diamond?
NV: Well this past year we had a game get rained out. Halfway through it we were losing by nine runs, and we resumed the game the next day and we put up 10 runs in the eight inning and hit off a walk off home run to win it.
DM: Any off-season plans?
NV: Probably just go home and train a lot and continue to work on my craft and get better, get in the weight room and get faster and stronger and then get a job working, but other that that, nothing else.
DM: I really appreciate your time and the best of luck to you and your future.
NV: Thank you very much and I appreciate it.
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