Q&A With A's 32nd-Round Pick Drew Granier

TROY, NY - Drew Granier has made it look easy during his first pro season. The University of Louisiana, Monroe alum has a 1.74 ERA in 46.2 innings for the Oakland A's two short-season affiliates. Donald Moore caught-up with the Louisiana native for a Q&A.

Drew Granier struck-out 165 batters in just two seasons at ULM and he led the team with 86 strike-outs in 86 innings this season. Granier has continued to be a strike-out pitcher as a pro.

After being selected in the 32nd round by the Oakland A's this season, Granier was assigned to the Arizona Rookie League A's, where he posted a 1.57 ERA and a 35:7 K:BB ratio in 23 inings. He was promoted to short-season Vermont in late July and has a 1.90 ERA with a 24:18 K:BB ratio in 23.2 innings for the Lake Monsters.

Donald Moore spoke to the 22-year-old during the Lake Monsters' most recent roadtrip through upstate New York.

Donald Moore: Hi Drew, how is everything going so far this season?

Drew Granier: It's going good. I like it so far, everything is fun.

DM: How are you adjusting to pro ball?

DG: Oh yeah, I'm starting to. The long bus rides and traveling, the constant grind, it kind of wears you out, but you just got keep playing everyday.

DM: What are your goals for this season?

DG: Try to win a championship here, and for myself, just keep getting better everyday, working on pitches, working on command.

DM: Is there anything you'd like to improve on?

DG: I've been working on my change up. I think that needs some improvement. It's a big pitch in this league and I just keep working at it everyday.

DM: What is your greatest strength as a ball player?

DG: I'd say my mentality.

DM: Any pregame routine?

DG: Not really. I just like to have the ball every five days.

DM: Favorite thing to do off the field?

DG: I like to fish and just hang out with my friends.

DM: Favorite team growing up?

DG: Houston Astros.

DM: Favorite player?

DG: Roger Clemens.

DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about the game of baseball, who would that be?

DG: My dad. When I was growing up, he always pushed me, and always wanted me to have better than what I had on the field.

DM: Favorite city you played in?

DG: Probably at Old Miss.

DM: Craziest thing you've ever seen on a baseball diamond?

DG: Last weekend I guess, when the other coach got tossed. That was pretty fun to watch.

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

DG: Hopefully still playing and having a chance to get called up to the big leagues.

DM: Thank you so much.

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