After averaging a bit more than a strikeout per inning in three seasons at Georgia Southern, right-hander Chase Cohen landed with the Oakland A’s in the ninth round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Since turning pro, the Georgia native has continued to rack up strikeouts at a prodigious rate. In 27.2 innings for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Cohen has racked up 38 strikeouts.
Donald Moore spoke with Cohen in July about his transition to pro ball.
Donald Moore: Hi Chase, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Chase Cohen: It’s going good so far, it’s been a few weeks since coming from Arizona, so it’s been fun so far.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
CC: To win and just play hard and give it all we have everyday and just play as a team. We have really bonded as a team so it’s fun watching it all come together.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength is as a ball player?
CC: Just competitiveness. I’m going out there and giving it my all, working hard on my off days to get better each day.
DM: What would you like to improve on?
CC: Always room for improvement on everything, just command and consistently hit the strike zone and the tempo change and fill out the strike zone.
DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
CC: It’s kind of different from college ball, obviously, but we are getting used to it. It’s a lot of travel, a lot of road trips, but it’s all worth it for the experience, so it’s all coming together really well.
DM: What do you find is the best thing about being a professional athlete?
CC: Just being able to play the game you love and turn it into a career. It’s a privilege to come out here and play everyday. To be getting paid for it and it’s your job is a great thing.
DM: What do you find is the hardest thing about playing in a pro circuit?
CC: Maximizing the free time to help you on and off the field. Really diet, sleep schedule and just keeping up with everything out on the field.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
CC: Not really. I’m not a superstitious guy, just kind of get to the field and chill in the locker room and just take care of business on the field.
DM: Any hobbies?
CC: Really just chill. I just like to relax and watch baseball videos. It’s kind of a part of my life so just all around baseball really.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
CC: My dad would kill me if I didn’t say the Boston Red Sox.
DM: Where are you originally from?
CC: I’m from Alpharetta, Georgia. It’s about 30 minutes north of Atlanta.
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
CC: Todd Green or Carlos Love. They were both part of my summer team from high school. And they both just taught me what is the right way to play the game and how to pitch and go out there mentally and prepare yourself to play.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
CC: Oh gosh, the skunk was one from (July 4) from in the bullpen, so it was the first skunk I have ever seen in the bullpen area and on a baseball field. So that has to be one of the top-three craziest things I have ever seen on a baseball field for sure.
DM: Any off season plans?
CC: Lots of sleep. Catch up on sleep, continue working hard in the gym, a couple trips with my family and girlfriend so that’s basically it.
DM: Thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
CC: Thank you.