Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Andrew Tomasovich

Oakland A's 21st-round pick Andrew Tomasovich is making a smooth transition from college to the pros. Donald Moore spoke with the left-hander during a Vermont Lake Monsters' roadtrip to upstate New York.

Troy, NY - With two scoreless innings on Sunday, Andrew Tomasovich extended his scoreless innings streak to nine innings for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. All told, Tomasovich has allowed five runs in 15.2 innings for the Lake Monsters and the AZL A's to start his pro career. He had a 3.09 ERA as a starter for Charleston Southern this season before being drafted by the A's in the 21st round.

Tomasovich is the second member of his family to hear his name in the MLB Draft. His older brother Alex was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2014. Donald Moore spoke with Andrew during a Lake Monsters' roadtrip in July to upstate New York.

Donald Moore: Hi Andrew. How is everything going for you so far this season?

Andrew Tomasovich: It's going well/ I'm getting the concept of the different style of ball and am really enjoying myself.

DM: What are your goals for this year?

AT: Get some innings, stay healthy and try to get to know everyone around me.

DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a pitcher?

AT: My command normally. My fastball working in and out, and that's what has gotten me to where I am now.

DM: What would you'd like to improve on?

AT: My off-speed command and work on my change-up and slider and different counts. It would really be nice to throw it if I'm behind on a count and get back ahead.

DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?

AT: I'm doing pretty well. When I first got here it was different -- the schedule change and everything -- but I am starting to get the hang of it.

DM: What is the best thing about being a professional athlete?

AT: There are a lot of good things, but I don't know if I can point just one thing out. Just realizing your finally over the bump of college ball and it is important to know everything that got you here and not to change your tools, and just have fun, as well.

DM: Any pre-game routines?

AT: Not yet. I'm just working on some. My role has changed here. I was a starter in college, now I am a reliever, so I'm still working on getting some routines to get used to.

DM: Any hobbies?

AT: Pretty much like hanging out with my friends at home, fishing, golfing, just about anything honestly.

DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?

AT: Boston Red Sox.

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

AT: His name is Jeff Shaver. He was my baseball coach growing up and he played in the Major Leagues for some time. He was a great coach.

DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?

AT: I pretty much seen it all, but obviously I haven't. I saw a home run get hit and the umpires go and call it a double. It somehow had gotten under the fence. That was pretty crazy and that's all I can think of right now.

DM: Where do you see yourself regarding your baseball career in the future?

AT: Obviously, everyone here has the same goal in mind to get to the Major Leagues, but I'm hoping still to play professional baseball and making my way to the top.

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

AT: Thank you.


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