Editor’s note: These interviews took place midseason, but personal circumstances prevented us from publishing them at the time of the interviews. We still wanted to share them even if they are a few months after the fact. Thank you!
Going into the 2018 MLB Draft, Jeremy Eierman was one of the most talked about college shortstops available. After hitting 23 home runs and posting a 1106 OPS for Missouri State as a sophomore, he entered his junior season as a potential top-15 pick. Eierman endured an up-and-down junior season with MSU, hitting 10 home runs in 56 games and swiping 21 bases but also seeing his OPS dip to 895. The A’s picked up the power-hitting middle infielder with the 70th-overall selection.
Eierman spent his pro debut season with short-season Vermont and he played 62 games. Eierman showed prodigious power and hit eight home runs in a league not known for power. He also stole 10 bases. However, Eierman struck out 70 times and posted an overall slashline of .235/.283/.381.
Donald Moore spoke with Eierman during the season about his transition to pro ball.
Donald Moore: Hi Jeremy, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Jeremy Eierman: It’s going good. Getting used to the live pros right now and I’m just two weeks into it now, so having a lot of fun and getting to know the guys and everything, so it’s good.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
JE: To get used to the pros a little bit and learn everyday and just go out and have fun.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
JE: I feel as though I can do everything well. My power kinds of stands out for me and playing a power position keeps my skill set pretty intriguing.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
JE: A little bit more consistency at the plate . Sometimes I get a little off my power so I’m trying to get more consistent at-bats.
DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
JE: Good and the main thing is getting used to the grind. It’s not like college. Pro ball is everyday and you make adjustments a lot faster, and that’s the main thing when it comes down to it. Making your adjustments much quicker.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional athlete?
JE: Everything about it is great. Being a professional baseball player has been a dream of mine my whole life. Finally being able to do it and now I’m giving it my best shot. It’s a dream come true.
DM: What is the hardest thing about being a pro?
JE: I don’t think everything is crazy hard. It’s nothing I have never seen. But that’s the main thing, it’s baseball and have fun.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
JE: Not really. I just do the same thing every day.
DM: Any hobbies?
JE: Hunting and fishing. I’m an outdoorsman, so that’s basically it.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
JE: Probably the Royals. I’m from Missouri, but I’m not huge on the Cardinals/Royals rivalry. That’s kind of a split deal in Missouri, but other than that, I’d probably lean towards the Royals.
DM: Where are you originally from?
JE: Warsaw, Missouri.
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
JE: Probably my dad. He’s been there for me my whole life and brought me into the game. (His father, John, played in the minors for the Red Sox, and his brother, John, was drafted by Rays in 2011.)
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
JE: We (Missouri State) had a bench clearing brawl against Kansas. It was the craziest thing I have ever seen. It was wild.
DM: Any off-season plans?
JE: Just working out and doing some hunting and fishing.
DM: I want to thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
JE: Thank you.
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