Last season, the Oakland A's selected right-hander Logan Chitwood in the 19th round of the draft, and, in doing so, made Chitwood the second-highest drafted player in the history of the University of Texas, Tyler.
Chitwood was a closer in college and he has continued to pitch out of the bullpen as a pro. Last season, he struck-out 16 in 16 innings for the AZL A's and the short-season Vancouver Canadians. This year Chitwood has pitched exclusively for the Vermont Lake Monsters. After a rough start to the season, Chitwood has been pitching well for Vermont of late. In 28.1 innings, he has a 4.76 ERA and a 21:8 K:BB ratio, but over his last 10 outings, his ERA is 3.09 and he has a 16:4 K:BB ratio.
Chitwood is a hard-thrower, having seen his fastball clocked in the 94-95 MPH range. Donald Moore caught-up with the Texas native for a brief Q&A.
Donald Moore: Hi Logan, how is everything going so far this year?
Logan Chitwood: It's going great. I'm having fun this season. Played in Vancouver last year and it's a little bit different here in the NY Penn League, and I like it here.
DM: What do you like most about being a professional baseball player?
LC: The camaraderie. All the fans and everything and I'm playing with people from all across the world, like Dominicans and Venezuelans, meeting new people. It's just great.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
LC: Get to the playoffs. Get my ERA back down and just help the team out the best way I can.
DM: What is your greatest strength as a ball player?
LC: My right arm.
DM: Any pregame routines?
LC: Music. I love to listen to music before games.
DM: Favorite thing you like to do off the field?
LC: Video games and just hang out with friends.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
LC: Texas Rangers.
DM: Favorite player?
LC: Nolan Ryan.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
LC: Probably my dad.
DM: Any favorite cities you played in?
LC: I like playing in Brooklyn. Brooklyn was awesome.
DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
LC: Hopefully in a Major league uniform.
DM: Thank you so much for time and the best of luck to you.