Quick Hits With A's Prospect Logan Chitwood

TROY, NY - The State of Texas has a history of churning out hard-throwing right-handed pitchers. Vermont Lake Monsters' right-hander Logan Chitwood follows in that tradition. The former University of Texas, Tyler reliever possess a mid-90s fastball and a closer's mentality. Donald Moore caught-up with Chitwood briefly to discuss his transition to pro ball, his season thus far, and more...

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.

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