TROY, NY - After a monster season at Lewis-Clark State, Seth Brown made the jump to professional baseball after being selected in the 19th-round of the 2015 draft by the Oakland A's. Brown hit 23 homeruns and walked 32 times while driving-in 82 for Lewis-Clark in 2015.
Brown is still looking for his first professional homerun, but he has collected his share of extra-base hits thus far. in 29 games split between the A's two short-season A-ball teams, Brown has 10 extra-base hits. Three are triples. Brown has also shown patience at the plate, walking 15 times. His overall line is .274/.361/.396.
Donald Moore spoke with Brown during the Vermont Lake Monsters' recent trip to the home of the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Donald Moore: Hi Seth, how is everything going for you this season?
Seth Brown: You know, it's going really good right now and everything is a learning experience for me. I'm new this year, so I'm just trying to go out and have a good time everyday and learn as much as I can. There are a lot of good coaches and players around me, so I'm trying learn, as well as trying to perform. It's pretty exciting for me right now.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
SB: Just to have a solid year. I like to go up and have quality at-bats all year long. I just kind of go where the organization wants me to go and go out and have fun and learn as much as I can and have good at-bats.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
SB: I'm a pretty good hitter and I love to hit. I've been doing all my life. I'm a great outfielder, that's pretty much it. Hitting I'd say is my strength.
DM: What would you'd like to improve on?
SB: For me, I'm learning a lot about base-running in general. Base-running, to me, is something that I need to work on and I learned a lot from [A's roving minor league instructor and former big leaguer] Bret Boone when I was in Arizona and learned a lot from the coaches up around here.It's pretty incredible of all the things that when you were growing up in high school and college that you really never thought about that you are paying attention to now. I'm really going to try to make a better effort on improving my base-running.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
SB: It's not too bad right now. It has been a long time since I hit with a wood bat and I'm trying to make some adjustments with my swing. But the jump to pro ball has been pretty easy so far and the pitching isn't overpowering. I think the biggest thing for me right now is trying to get used to wood bats. Metal bats to wood bats has been a new experience for me, so I am trying to pick that up as quick as I can.
DM: How do like being a professional athlete?
SB: Coming out everyday and being able to play. This something you dream about ever since you are a little kid and when you come out here, your dream comes true and you've got your big goals. But I think the best thing is knowing that every day you come out here and you get to do something on the baseball field everyday.
DM: Any pregame routines?
SB: I do some stretching. I like to listen to music before games, and just try to stay as loose as I can and that kind of helps put me in the zone a little bit before the game.
DM: Any hobbies?
SB: I love hunting and fishing. I'm from Oregon, so this is a little bit different scenery out here [on the East Coast] for me. I like to play Xbox a little bit, so I do play video games, but hunting and fishing, anything outside is kind of my thing.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
SB: I was a Dodger fan growing up a little bit. It's hard for me to decide on one team because I've been a Texas Rangers fan and a Dodgers fan, so it's mainly been those two teams for me.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
SB: That's got to be my father. He had me out there before I can remember teaching me how to hit and always throwing to me. He had me out there any chance he had and any extra time throwing to me and teaching me how to hit. So I'd have to go for my father.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?
SB: It happened this last year. There was a ball that dropped in front of the center fielder and both middle fielders went for it. Our second baseman ran back in because the runner was trying to take second, and they threw him the ball. The runner went head first into the bag and our second baseman went head first into the bag and they had a head-on collision. Both the runner's helmet and our player's hat came off. The runner was knocked out for about 20 seconds and our player picked up his hat and ran off the field. So that was probably the craziest thing I ever saw on a baseball field.
DM: Where do you see yourself in the future regarding your baseball career?
SB: Obviously, I have my goal and I would give anything to be a Major League baseball player, and I think that is everyone's goal out here, to be a Major League player. For me, I want to play this game for as long as I can, so I'm going to do everything within my power and whatever adjustments I need to make and do whatever I need to do to achieve that goal. I'd like to see myself become a Major League player eventually, so I hope and pray for it everyday. We will see where it goes.
DM: Seth, thank you so much for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
SB: Thank you very much.