Q&A With A's 18th-Round Pick Brent Powers

TROY, NY - After a four-year career with Sam Houston State, left-hander Brent Powers was selected in the 18th round by the Oakland A's in this year's June draft. Powers was assigned to the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, and he has been part of the Lake Monsters' rotation for much of the season. Donald Moore spoke with the Texas native during a recent Vermont roadtrip.

Since the summer of 2010, Brent Powers' stock has been on the rise. After not being selected in the 2009 draft as a junior, Powers found himself being taken in the 2011 draft in the 18th round by the Oakland A's. Powers moved into that favorable draft position after a strong summer league performance for the Morehead City Marlins and a solid senior season with Sam Houston State.

Throughout his collegiate career, Powers was a strike-out pitcher, but in 2011 he was able to post a solid ERA to go along with those good strike-out numbers. He had a 3.88 ERA in 57 innings for Sam Houston State and he struck-out 55. Powers also had a complete game.

After signing with Oakland, Powers was sent to the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. He made two relief appearances for Vermont and then was moved into the starting rotation. In 21.2 innings, Powers has a 5.40 ERA, but his K:BB ratio is a solid 17:4.

The 22-year-old features a fastball in the 88-92 MPH range, as well as a hard curveball and a good change-up. Donald Moore spoke with Powers on a recent road-trip.


Donald Moore: Hi Brent, can you tell me what your goals are for this season?

Brent Powers: Just to develop as a professional baseball player. It's my first season and I got picked up this year, and I will keep working with my pitching coach and pitching coordinator and try to develop myself as a left-handed pitcher.

DM: Favorite team growing up?

BP: Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, so it has to be the Texas Rangers. But now that I'm with the A's organization, they are definitely my new favorite.

DM: Favorite player?

BP: Actually, you know, Cliff Lee was my favorite pitcher when he played in Philadelphia the first time, and then he went to the Mariners, and ended up with the Rangers, so I was able to watch him pitch a couple of times live and I always just liked his way he went about his business and threw a lot of strikes and being left-handed helped.

DM: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?

BP: Hopefully still with the A's, hopefully playing for the Oakland A's, but definitely in professional baseball and getting the opportunity to play.

DM: Thank you so much, Brent and the best of luck to you.


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