A handful of the members of the 2012 Oakland A's draft class are currently playing for the Low-A Burlington Bees, who are set to begin post-season play on Wednesday. One of those players is right-hander Austin House, who was the A's 14th-round pick this year. House spent most of his first professional season with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, but he earned a late-season promotion to Burlington after dominating for Vermont.
In 18 appearances for the Lake Monsters, House posted a 1.08 ERA and allowed only 13 hits in 25.2 innings. He struck-out 33 and didn't allow a homerun. House also saved five games.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, House attended the University of New Mexico before his selection this year. He starred for the Lobos in 2012, tossing three complete games, including two shutouts, and posting a 2.74 ERA.
While he was still with the Lake Monsters, House spoke with Donald Moore about his first professional season and more…
Donald Moore: How is everything going for you so far this season?
Austin House: Good. You know, everything is working out. It's fun. It's a long season, but what more can you expect from playing professional baseball and it's your job at this point. It's a long season, day-in and day-out, so you just got to get your work done and it's what I enjoy doing. I cannot ask for anything more.
DM: How are you adjusting to pro ball?
AH: It's good. My college definitely got me into the feel of what it was going to be like, so once I got here, I kind of understood what the A's wanted and just ran with it. Everything has worked out pretty good so far.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
AH: Just to pitch well, basically. Pitch well and stay in shape and stuff like that. I think I've pitched pretty well so far and we'll see what happens after we get done with Instructs.
DM: Greatest strength as a ball player?
AH: Stay where I'm at mentally and physically, and everything should work out just fine.
DM: Anything you'd like to improve on?
AH: Yeah, there is always stuff to improve on. Maybe attitude towards the game, overall physical strength and all that stuff. Just competing as a pitcher and I think I've been pretty good at it at this point, but not everyone is getting better, so there is always stuff you can work on.
DM: Any pregame routine?
AH: Ah no. Eat food, drink some water here and there, but it's just pretty much everyday go out and do the same thing you did the other day. There are really no pre game rituals.
AH: I really don't have too many hobbies, but baseball, that is pretty much a daily routine at this point. Other than that, just fishing, hunting, but nothing much too special.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
AH: Green Bay Packers. I really didn't have a favorite baseball team.
DM: If there was one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
AH: My older brother. I want to say my dad, but definitely my older brother. My dad taught my older brother and my brother passed it down to me. Everything went through my older brother whether it was basketball, baseball, golf, fishing, hunting. He taught me how to compete and be a competitor basically.
DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
AH: Hopefully, you know playing with the Athletics, but hopefully playing baseball. This is definitely a privilege, nothing is given to you, so I feel I just work my tail off and everything will work out.
DM: Austin, it was a pleasure speaking with you with and the best of luck to you.
AH: Nice meeting you, too and I appreciate it.