Ryan Dull may have been a relative unknown on draft day, but he raised his profile considerably with an impressive first professional season.
The diminutive right-hander spent his first pro campaign with the A's Rookie League squad and the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. Between the two squads, Dull posted a 2.56 ERA with 47 strike-outs and only nine walks in 31.2 innings. A season highlight for him came in his second-to-last appearance of the year when he closed out a combined no-hitter for the Lake Monsters by striking out two in a perfect ninth.
Towards the end of the season, Dull spoke briefly with Donald Moore about his first professional season.
Donald Moore: How is everything going this year for you?
RD: It's going pretty good, just getting adjusted to the everyday grind, unlike college where you get your mandatory day off. I'm just getting used to throwing everyday again.
DM: How are adjusting to pro ball?
RD: I feel like I'm adjusting pretty well. I had a school bar program that was similar to where you'd want to throw everyday and get everything out we can. But pitching-wise, you have to learn to be a little bit more careful with pitches and know that I can't make as many mistakes as I used to be able to.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
RD: Stay healthy and continue to improve everyday.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
RD: Atlanta Braves.
DM: If you could name one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
RD: I'd say it might be a tie between my dad and my brother. My dad played and coached me when I was growing up and my brother helped me when I was in high school and helped me a little bit in college. Just learning how to adjust and learn how to help improve my pitches every year.
DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
RD: Hopefully still playing baseball.
DM: Ryan it was a pleasure speaking with you and the best of luck to you.
RD: Thank you.