Michael Fabiaschi has quietly been one of the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters' top offensive performers this season. The infielder entered the New York-Penn League All-Star break with a line of .299/.420/.343 in 67 at-bats. Over his last 10 games leading into the break, Fabiaschi hit .407/.484/.519.
All of those numbers are an improvement over his first pro season with the Vancouver Canadians, during which he hit .234/.374/.319. A tough out, Fabiaschi has been particularly effective with runners on-base this season, posting an 852 OPS.
The former JMU team captain and CAA Scholar-Athlete award winner is a Connecticut native, who is playing close to home this season with the Lake Monsters. The soon-to-be 23-year-old has mostly seen time at second and third base this season, although he did make one appearance at shortstop.
Donald Moore spoke with Fabiaschi during a recent Lake Monsters' road series through Troy, New York.
Donald Moore: Hi Mike, how is everything going so far this season?
Michael Fabiaschi: It's great. We have a really good team. We've got a bunch of guys who were together in extended and then a great incoming class of draft guys. So we are really meshing well and playing well on the field and getting along great off the field.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
MF: Well, I mean personally, you want to go out there and keep improving. Obviously, you want to put up good numbers, but the goal at this level is to keep getting better everyday and then as a team right now, we are in first place, so we are trying to hang on to that and make a run in the playoffs.
DM: What is your greatest strength as a ball player?
MF: I think just the ability to come out here everyday and compete on a day-in, day-out basis, and just the mental side of the game, being able to evaluate your performance and then get a plan for your next at-bat, next game, and next play and everything like that and just keep working forward.
DM: What would you like to improve on?
MF: Well, like everybody, to more consistently drive the baseball from the offensive side of the ball and drive in more runs and obviously keep getting on base. The name of the game is creating runs.
DM: Favorite thing you like to do off the field?
MF: Well, this summer I have been playing a lot of ping pong with a couple of other guys, [Chris] Affinito and [Seth] Frankoff, at their host family's house, so I would have to say that.
DM: Any pregame routines?
MF: Not really, I play a lot of cards. I play a bunch of card games with some of the guys in the clubhouse.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
DM: Favorite player?
MF: Derek Jeter.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
MF: Probably my father.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a diamond?
MF: I remember a triple-play when I was 13. A nine-two-three triple-play. Boy, that was pretty rare.
DM: Five years from now, where do you see yourself?
MF: I don't know. Obviously the goal is to keep improving and be playing in Oakland. So that's the goal.
DM: Michael, thank so much for your time.