Quick Hits With A's Prospect Brent Powers

TROY, NY - The 2012 campaign was a year of development for left-hander Brent Powers. Powers began the year with Low-A Burlington and finished it with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. Although the wins didn't always fall in Powers' favor, he worked to add new pitches to his repertoire and posted some encouraging statistics. Donald Moore spoke briefly with Powers.

After posting a 3.84 ERA for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters last year, Brent Powers earned a promotion to Low-A Burlington to start the 2012 campaign. The Oakland A's 2011 18th-round pick struggled with his command with the Bees, walking 26 in 44.2 innings and allowing 10 homeruns.

Halfway through the season, the A's moved Powers from Low-A back to short-season ball. Although he finished his 2012 stint with the Lake Monsters with an 0-7 record and a 5.51 ERA, Powers showed improvement with Vermont. He struck-out 57 in 63.2 innings and dropped his BB:9 ratio from 5.24 to 3.96, while raising his K:9 ratio from 7.86 to 8.06. He also cut his HR:9 by more than one from 2.01 to 0.99

Donald Moore spoke with the southpaw near the end of the Vermont season.

Donald Moore: How's everything going for you this season?

Brent Powers: You know, it's been a year of growing, I'd have to say. A lot of learning and ups and downs as far as results are concerned, but as a pitcher, you really can't control the results. You can control what you do each day, and that's what I'm really focused on this time around.

DM: What are your goals for this year?

BP: Finish strong is the biggest thing, just each day coming out and get a little bit better, with the remainder of the season and support the guys.

DM: What did you work on in spring training?

BP: You know, I've been working on the change up. That's always kind of something that needs time to develop and I think just consistency is about all.

DM: What are your plans for the off season?

BP: Head back to Texas, get married in about a month and I'm real excited about that and take a little time away from the game but then get right back in it. Start training and get better for next season.

DM: Brent, always a pleasure speaking with you and the best of luck to you.

BP: Thank you.

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