In 2011, the Oakland A's selected high school infielder/pitcher Nic Coffman with their 40th round pick. Coffman, the son of longtime A's scout and current minor league pitching coach Jim Coffman, elected to go to junior college rather than sign right away with Oakland.
Coffman fully intends on pursuing a career in professional baseball, however. The 6'3'' right-handed thrower is about to embark on his sophomore season at Lane College in Oregon and he is hoping to hear his name called on draft day once again this June. Last season, Coffman split his time between pitching and playing infield. He was one of the Titans' top hitters, batting .309 with an 806 OPS. Coffman appeared in seven games as a pitcher, starting five. He posted a 5.31 ERA with 10 strike-outs and three walks in 20.1 innings pitched.
This summer, Coffman got the opportunity to preview life as a professional baseball player. He joined his father – the pitching coach for the Vermont Lake Monsters – in Burlington, Vermont, as an unofficial team assistant. During the Lake Monsters' season, Donald Moore spoke with Coffman about his experience with the Lake Monsters and his thoughts on the upcoming draft.
Donald Moore: Nic, what school do you play for?
Nic Coffman: I pitch at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.
DM: So when will you go back to school?
NC: Mid September.
DM: So what do you do here with the Vermont Lake Monsters during the summer?
NC: I just work out with them and I kind of go through everything they go through. And I like it.
DM: What is like to have a dad as a scout and coach for the Oakland A's minor league system?
NC: It doesn't hurt. It's pretty cool and I get to do a lot of things that most people wouldn't do.
DM: Have you played a lot of baseball your whole life?
NC: Yeah, as long as I can remember.
DM: So what are your goals for next season in college?
NC: Have a good year and hopefully get drafted again.
DM: What do you like best about hanging around professional ball players?
NC: It's awesome. They are a good group of guys and it's a lot of fun.
DM: Where do you see yourself three years down the road?
NC: Hopefully where these guys [the Lake Monsters] are.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball field?
NC: So many things. My dad getting tossed out of a bunch of games.
DM: Any hobbies you have?
NC: Baseball and I like basketball a little bit too. Sports mostly.
DM: The best of luck to you and it was nice meeting you.
NC: Thank you.