The professional baseball schedule may have more games than the collegiate one, but for Chad Oberacker, his workload has lessened as a pro. A two-way player in college, Oberacker has been used exclusively as an outfielder with short-season Vermont.
Oberacker was a 19th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals last season, but chose to return to college for his senior year. After batting .325 with 10 homers and 14 stolen bases and posting a 4.08 ERA in 46.1 innings, Oberacker was selected in the 25th round by Oakland this season.
Thus far, Oberacker has had a smooth transition to the pros. He is currently batting .278 with a .355 OBP and he has eight stolen bases in 25 games for the Lake Monsters. Donald Moore spoke with Oberacker during a recent Vermont roadtrip.
Donald Moore: Hi Chad, what are your goals this season?
Chad Oberacker: Just to show them how I can play and what I can do, to help out the club out there and get better in every aspect of my game.
DM: How are you adjusting to pro ball?
CO: I like it. I'm playing every day. It's what I want to do and I'm liking it a lot so far.
DM: What do you feel you can improve on?
CO: I want to improve my power a little bit, just get stronger and maturing a little bit as a hitter and hopefully that will help me progress through the system a little quicker.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
CO: Cleveland Indians.
DM: Favorite player?
CO: Junior, Ken Griffey.
DM: What do you like to do when your not on the diamond?
CO: I used to golf and I'm probably gonna put that on the back burner for a while and just going out with my friends and stuff. Anything sports related.
DM: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
CO: Hopefully out in Oakland playing with them you know. That's all of our goals here. Hopefully I reach it.
DM: Thank you so much and the best of luck to you.