Q&A With A's 17th-Round Pick Sean Jamieson

TROY, NY - Although he is batting only .232 for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Sean Jamieson is already turning heads in the New York-Penn League. Named to the league's mid-season All-Star team, Jamieson has drawn raves for his glovework at shortstop. Donald Moore spoke with the Ontario native, who was the Oakland A's 17th-round pick this season.

A native of Kitchener in Ontario, Canada, Sean Jamieson grew up with hockey as his first sport and came to playing baseball later in his childhood than most of his professional baseball counterparts. The athletic middle infielder has been making up for lost time on the diamond, however.

Not heavily recruited by US colleges coming out of high school, Jamieson had to spend two seasons at Niagara County Community College before landing at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Jamieson excelled on the diamond in two seasons with Canisius, making the all-MAAC team both seasons and earning co-league MVP honors in 2011.

Drafted in the 17th round by the A's this season, Jamieson signed quickly and was on the short-season Vermont Opening Day roster. He soon established himself as the steady hand in the Lake Monsters' infield. He currently leads all New York-Penn League shortstops with a .967 fielding percentage and he has shown outstanding range and a strong throwing arm.

Offensively, Jamieson has struggled to collect base-hits and is batting only .232. However, he has walked 31 times in 51 games and sports a respectable .349 OBP. He has also been one of the Lake Monsters' top base-runners and is 20-for-22 in stolen base attempts this season.

Donald Moore spoke with Jamieson during a recent Vermont roadtrip through Troy, New York.

Donald Moore: Hi Sean, how's everything going so far this season?

Sean Jamieson: Things are going pretty good. It's my first season playing pro ball and I love it. It's a lot of fun.

DM: What do you like most about being a pro ball player?

SJ: You get to play everyday and you've got fans rooting you on every single play and it's a whole lot of fun. You get to make plays and that's probably the best part.

DM: What are your goals for this season?

SJ: My goals are to have a good winning record with the team. Put up some good enough numbers to come back next year and just have fun.

DM: What is your greatest strength as a ballplayer?

SJ: Let's see, probably my defending is my strong point in my game. I work hard on my defense and I take a lot of pride in it. I really like to execute defensively for the team. It's my big thing I really like doing. Hitting, I'm making some adjustments and it's coming. Hopefully that will be my best part soon enough.

DM: Any pregame routines?

SJ: You know, I usually read actually to calm myself down a little bit. I listen to some music. That's basically it.

DM: Favorite thing you like to do off the field?

SJ: Probably sleep. I've never slept so much in my life as I have this summer.

DM: Favorite team growing up?

SJ: Blue Jays.

DM: Favorite player?

SJ: I like Derek Jeter, shortstop. I love him, classy. I just love how he plays the game.

DM: Is there one person who taught you the most about baseball?

SJ: Probably my first baseball coach. He got me into start playing baseball, Scott McDonalds. Scott and Jeremy Short were the two coaches that really helped. We used to play hockey. There was a group of guys who used to play hockey growing up and then one summer, they're like, 'oh we're playing baseball this summer.' So, you know, we got pulled together as team, just us hockey guys. And he [Scott] just taught us so much, he turned us into a great team. We won championships four years straight. He taught us everything I know. He pretty much got me going on baseball.

DM: Any favorite city you played in?

SJ: Probably Atlanta. Atlanta was a good time, you know. There was a brewery in Knoxville, Tennessee. That was fun. It's just a pretty cool environment. But we didn't really travel too far and play anywhere exciting this year. The Skydome/Rogers Centre, I got to play there a few times growing up because we were just an hour and a half out of Toronto.

DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?

SJ: Monkeys riding dogs. That is the craziest thing I've ever seen. I was at shortstop and they released goats out of nowhere and the goats were running around me and you got dogs with monkeys, and everything. I couldn't even control myself, I was laughing hysterically.

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

SJ: Hopefully coming close to the big leagues. Hopefully there. That's where I want to see myself.

DM: The best of luck to you and thank you.

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