Making the jump from college to the pros isn't supposed to be easy, but Tanner Peters is making it look like child play at the moment. The former UNLV ace has yet to allow an earned run in 12 innings of work -- all out of the bullpen -- for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters.
The Oakland A's 2011 16th-round pick has allowed only four hits and three walks and he has struck-out 14. Peters was a starter in college and is likely to return to that role next season when he is no longer on a short leash in terms of the number of innings he will be allowed to pitch. For now, Peters is challenging New York-Penn League hitters with his four-pitch starter's mix out of the bullpen, a mix that features a 89-93 MPH fastball, curveball, slider and change-up.
Donald Moore caught-up with the Southern California native to talk about his transition to the pros and more.
Donald Moore: What are your goals for this season?
Tanner Peters: Obviously, team goals are to win as many games as possible. I'm on a pretty limited pitch number, I'm only allowed to throw 25 innings, as of right now, so in my limited amount innings I have, I just be able do what I can. I want to pitch well, win as many games as I can and do what I can for the team.
DM: What is the difference from pitching in college to the pros?
TP: So far, I mean not really much. I think pitching is kind of the same anywhere, throw first pitch strikes, and keep the ball down, you're going to have success.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
TP: I'm from LA so the Dodgers.
DM: Favorite player?
TP: Of all time? When I used to play outfield, it was Willie Mays, but now I have to say Nolan Ryan, because he dominated.
DM: Is there any one person, player or coach who taught you the most about baseball?
TP: My father, growing up. I mean, he loves the game, I love the game and everything I know I pretty much got from him.
DM: In five years from now, where do you see yourself?
TP: Hopefully pitching in the big leagues with somebody, or right there in Triple A or something. I mean just having the opportunity I'm very thankful, but in five years if I can make it, that will be great.
DM: Thank you Tanner.