Oakland A's 2012 10th-round pick Brett Vertigan got off to a slow start to his professional career, but he finished his rookie campaign on an up-note. The UC-Santa Barbara alum posted a .311/.367/.478 line after the New York-Penn League All-Star break. He finished his first pro season with a .266/.338/.375 line in 67 games with the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Vertigan had a standout red-shirt junior season with the Gauchos before the A's called his name on the second day of the draft. In 56 games, the centerfielder hit .381/.454/.530 with 10 more walks (26) than strike-outs (16).
The Long Beach native had to sit out the 2011 season because he was one lab short of being academically eligible to play baseball for UCSB that season. He spent two years at Saddleback College before transferring to Santa Barbara.
Vertigan didn't sit completely idle in 2011, however. He played summer ball in the California Collegiate League and generated some buzz among scouts going into the 2012 campaign.
The 5'9'' centerfielder reminds some of former A's prospect Steve Stanley for his style of play.
Donald Moore spoke with the speedster towards the end of the Vermont Lake Monsters' 2012 season.
Donald Moore: Hi, Bret, it's your first year in the league. How is everything going for you?
Brett Vertigan: It's going good. I met a lot of good guys. I like everybody here, and everyone is nice and I'm enjoying playing baseball everyday.
DM: How are you adjusting to pro ball?
BV: I think I'm adjusting okay.Just trying to focus on the process and let things fall where they may.
DM: What is your biggest strength as a ball player?
BV: I don't know, probably the ability to have a short memory. Forget about what's happening and maybe speed.
DM: Any hobbies?
BV: I just like to play other sports in the off-season, shoot around a basketball and just stay active.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?
BV: Somebody streaked at one of my games when I was younger. That was pretty crazy.
DM: Five years from now, where do you see yourself?
BV: Playing in the Major Leagues probably. That's where I want to be.
DM: Thank you for your time and the best of luck to you.
BV: Thanks a lot.