When the Oakland A's selected Chad Lewis out of Marina High School last season, A's Scouting Director Eric Kubota called Lewis a guy with "profile corner, third base tools" and a "very good athlete and ... a very good defender."
After inking on the eve of the signing deadline last season, Lewis appeared in only four games for the Arizona Rookie League A's in 2010. After spending the first part of the 2011 season at extended spring training, Lewis is now spending his first full professional season with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters.
Donald Moore caught-up with Lewis during the Lake Monsters' recent roadtrip through Troy, New York, and they discussed the adjustment from high school to the pros and more...
Donald Moore: Hi Chad. How is this year going?
Chad Lewis: Nice to meet you, Don. It's going good. Just getting here, and it's my first full year and I'm trying to adjust to everyday playing. We've still got about 60 to 70 games or so I'm just still trying to grind it out and play the best I can in every game.
DM: What's it like playing pro ball after getting out of HS?
CL: It's a big adjustment, I'll tell you that much. You know like I said before, the everyday grind of playing. In high school, you only play about 35 games for the season. This season we are playing 75 games or something like that. It's a big adjustment as far as pitching and hitting and the pitching you get to see, and different pitchers everyday. So just making the adjustment, so far it's going pretty well.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
CL: Basically, I mean, you really can't control the hitting part. I mean whatever is going happen, is going to happen, but just play consistent and just do the best I can everyday.
DM: Big difference adjusting from wood to aluminum bats?
CL: Yeah there's a big difference. Personally I like using wood better. Aluminum definitely there is a bigger sweet spot, but wood you have to concentrate more. It helps me a lot to concentrate on my technique and form and everything in hitting. It was a big adjustment.
DM: Any pregame routine?
CL: I'm just starting to get to get into my routine actually, because it's my first full season. Wake up, go to the field. Before I get dressed, I play cards, relax and try to get my mind off things. Then go to BP and think about my approach and get ready for the game.
DM: Any hobbies?
CL: I live about 10 minutes from the beach, so I like to go there and check things out. I also like to go to the gym in my free time.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
DM: Favorite player?
CL: Evan Longoria.
DM: Is there any player, coach or person who taught you the most about baseball?
CL: Former A's player Tony Phillips during Instructional League.
DM: Favorite city playing in?
CL: I've only been to about three or four, but Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY. I like the fans, the atmosphere and it's great to play in front of such big crowds. It gives me an extra will to do better and shut them up.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?
CL: A bases loaded balk the other night with the NY Mets. Bottom of the ninth and the guy balked in the winning run. That's pretty crazy and I felt sorry for the guy.
DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
CL: Bigger, stronger, better mentally and hopefully where I want to be, that's in the big leagues.
DM: Thank you, Chad and the best of luck to you.