Derek Beasley is putting together a solid first full season in professional baseball. Pitching above the Rookie-ball level for the first time, Beasley has a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters in 2015. The left-hander has 19 strike-outs and opposing batters have hit just .197 against him.
Derek Beasley Career Stats
Beasley was the A's 30th-round pick last season. The Georgia native spent the 2011-2014 seasons pitching for South Carolina-Aiken. He left the school as the all-time leader in games started (52). Since turning pro, Beasley has moved to a relief role. Lefties have had a particularly difficult time hitting Beasley over the past two seasons. He held lefties to a .200 average in the AZL last year and lefties are batting just .174 against him this year.
Donald Moore spoke with Beasley during a late July Vermont roadtrip to upstate New York about his transition to the bullpen and more…
Donald Moore: Hi Derek, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Derek Beasley: Going good, glad to be out of rookie ball. Vermont is a great place to play, so I like it a lot.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
DB: To be a great asset to the team, be a good team player, obviously, and keep the ERA low and strikeouts up.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
DB: Definitely control on the mound. Keeping everything under control, my pitches under control, just throwing strikes, mainly.
DM: What would you'd like to improve on?
DB: Probably throwing my change-up for more strikes, and using my change-up more as an asset on the mound.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball being this your second year as a pro?
DB: Adjusting to the reliever role was kind of a tough adjustment, but I like it a lot. Coming out with intensity was tough, because as a starter, you have to ease into it, but I really enjoy it a lot.
DM: What is the best thing about a being a professional athlete?
DB: Getting paid to play the game I love, obviously.
DM: Any pregame routines?
DB: Listen to music, rolling out, just getting my mind right.
DM: Any hobbies?
DB: I like to golf and I like doing [baseball] lessons in my spare time. That is not much of a hobby, but I like doing it with the kids.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
DB: The Atlanta Braves. I grew up in Georgia, so the Braves were a huge part of growing up for me.
DM: If there was one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
DB: Definitely my dad growing up. He was always been my coach, a leader on and off the field. I love being around him at all times.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
DB: Probably Vicmal De La Cruz rolling down the first base line after getting hit.
DM: Where do you see yourself and your baseball career in the future?
DB: Hopefully moving up the ranks in Oakland A's farm system would be great.
DM: Derek, thank you so much for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
DB: Definitely, and thank you.