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!
After signing with the Oakland A’s as a nondrafted free agent in 2017, Brandon Marsonek made a strong first impression on his new organization, reaching High-A Stockton in his pro debut season. He began the 2018 season with the Ports, but after struggling in six appearances, he was sent back to Extended Spring Training. Marsonek finished the year with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. In 32.2 innings for Vermont, he had a 4.41 ERA and a 27:28 K:BB. The left-hander held opposing batters to a .211 average.
Donald Moore spoke with Marsonek during a midseason Vermont roadtrip.
Donald Moore: Hi Brandon, how is everything going for you so far this season ?
Brandon Marsonek: Started pretty rough in Stockton,then went to extended, now I’m here in Vermont and doing better.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
BM: Just get better and working on throwing strikes more and being more consistent.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ballplayer?
BM: Just my work ethic and trying to get better
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
BM: Mainly my command has been the biggest issue.
DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
BM: I’m getting used to it. Just getting used to the day-to-day, and understanding how everything works now.
DM: What is the best thing about being a pro?
BM: Playing baseball for a living.
DM: What is the hardest thing?
BM: Playing baseball.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
BM: No, not really. Just eat and hang out in the bullpen.
DM: Any hobbies?
BM: Just video games really.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
BM: Growing up was the New York Yankees.
DM: Where are you originally from?
BM: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
BM: Probably my dad. He was always my coach and taught me a lot about the game.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?
BM: Probably the skunk (in the Vermont bullpen) last night.
DM: Any off-season plans?
BM: Working out and trying to get better, work on mechanics and my command more.
DM: Thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
BM: Thank you, I appreciate it.
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