Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Zhi Fang Pan

TROY, NY - Before last season, the Oakland A's ever-expanding international scouting department inked its first amateur free agent from the Far East. Taiwanese infielder Zhi Fang Pan had a strong debut in 2010 with the AZL A's and has followed that up with another strong season in 2011. Donald Moore spoke with the 19-year-old.

If the early results that Zhi Fang Pan have produced are any indication, the Oakland A's should be beating a path to the Far East to scout players. Pan, the A's first international free agent signing from the Far East, hit .331 in his professional debut season with the AZL A's. He has followed up that performance by batting .336 for the Vermont Lake Monsters.

The middle infielder, who won't turn 20 until November, has only had injuries hold him back thus far. He had a shoulder injury that kept him out of the A's fall Instructional League last season and has missed time with a hand injury this season.

The switch-hitter has above-average speed and employs a slashing style of hitting from both sides of the plate.

Donald Moore spoke with Pan during the Lake Monsters' last trip through upstate New York.

Donald Moore: So how is everything going so far this season?

Zhi Fang Pan: I think I'm on the right track.

DM: What do you like most about being a professional baseball player?

ZP: I like the feeling of getting a base hit.

DM: What are your goals for this season?

ZP: To be healthy and play the whole season.

DM: Any pregame routine?

ZP: I just like to get relaxed, that's it.

DM: Do you have any hobbies?

ZP: I like the computer and video games.

DM: If there is one person in your life who taught you most about baseball, who'd that be?

ZP: My coach in middle school.

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

ZP: One day, I saw the other team's manager have an argument with the umpire, and finally got tossed off the field.

DM: Favorite city you ever played in?

ZP: Lowell, Massachusetts.

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

ZP: Maybe in Double or Triple A.

DM: Thank you so much for your time.

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