Quick Hits With A's Prospect John Wooten

TROY, NY - One of the biggest surprises from the Oakland A's 2012 draft class was outfielder John Wooten, who impressed coaches and scouts with his athleticism and his ability at the plate. A 37th-round pick, Wooten was one of the Vermont Lake Monsters' top hitters in 2012, earning himself a late-season promotion to Low-A. Donald Moore spoke with Wooten while he was still with Vermont.

John Wooten was the third-to-last player chosen by the Oakland A's in the 2012 class, but he was one of the top performers from his draft class. Wooten was named as the Lake Monsters' MVP by the Burlington Free-Press, the local newspaper in Burlington, Vermont.

Wooten posted a .286/.326/.401 line in 67 games with the Lake Monsters. He finished the year with Low-A Burlington, appearing in five regular season games and three post-season games for the Bees.

The athletic outfielder hit .342 with an 875 OPS against left-handed pitchers for Vermont this season. Despite not finishing the year with the Lake Monsters, Wooten still was 10th in the New York-Penn League in hits and ninth in RBIs (38).

Wooten was selected by the A's after he hit .338 with nine homers and 40 RBIs for the East Carolina Pirates this season. It was the second time Wooten had been drafted. He was first picked coming out of high school in the 20th round by the Chicago Cubs, but he elected to go to college at that time.

Donald Moore spoke with Wooten shortly before he was promoted to Low-A.

Donald Moore: How is everything going for you?

John Wooten: It's going great. I'm having a lot of fun you know and you have to keep grinding.

DM: How are you adjusting to pro ball?

JW: I like it a lot. I feel as though as far as the adjustment is going, I've been mentally preparing myself to play the game to play everyday.

DM: What are your goals for this season?

JW: My goals I would say are to just continue having quality at bats and play hard everyday.

DM: Any pregame routines?

JW: Not really, just get ready to rock 'n' roll, I guess.

DM: Favorite team growing up?

JW: I really didn't have a favorite team growing up. I'm from North Carolina and we don't have a Major League team really anywhere close to me. I have favorite players I like to watch, but I don't have a favorite team.

DM: Favorite thing you like to do off the field?

JW: I like to fish and train dogs.

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

JW: Definitely would be my brother and my dad.

DM: Five years from now, where would you like to see yourself?

JW: In the big leagues.

DM: John, thank you so much for your time and the best of luck to you.

JW: Thank you.

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