It has been a whirlwind season for Ty Damron, who was an integral part of a 2016 Texas Tech team that was one of the best in the nation. The left-hander made 13 starts (14 appearances) for the Red Raiders and helped to lead the team to Omaha and the College World Series. In the midst of the Texas Tech post-season run, Damron heard his name called in the 15th round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland A's.
Damron made his professional debut with the Vermont Lake Monsters on July 23. He allowed only two runs over his first four appearances (6.2 innings) before allowing four runs in an inning in his last outing. Damron's fastball sits in the low-90s and can touch 93. He also has a swing-and-miss breaking ball.
Donald Moore spoke with the 22-year-old southpaw during a July Vermont roadtrip to upstate New York.
Donald Moore: Hi Ty, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Ty Damron: It's going pretty good, just taking it day-by-day.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
TD: I would say progress each and everyday. Just become a better player.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ballplayer?
TD: I'd probably say being able to go out and have fun. It's a kid's game after all, so I just keep that in mind. Just stay relaxed.
DM: What would you like to improve on?
TD: Throwing first pitch strikes, more command on my pitches.
DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
TD: Actually it's going pretty good. I love it a lot. I enjoy that it is a being able to do your own thing kind of deal. Love the guys, love the clubhouse, so we'll see where the future goes.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional athlete?
TD: You are on your own time. It's kind of one of those things that if you get better, it's on your own.
DM: What do you find is the hardest thing about being a pro?
TD: You're on your own schedule.
DM: Any pre-game routine?
TD: Not really, no.
DM: Any hobbies?
TD: I hunt, fish, go mountain biking, go out to the lake and hang out with my family.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
TD: The Texas Rangers, unfortunately..
DM: Where are you originally from?
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
TD: That's a tough one. I'd probably have to say Ray Heyward, pitching coach for Texas Tech.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
TD: Probably when we were at the World Series. They blew a bunch of inflatable beach balls and all that stuff and threw it all over the field. They had fish and all that stuff, too. It was pretty funny.
DM: Any off-season plans?
TD: Work out, hunt, fish and hang out with family.
DM: The best of luck to you and your career. Thank you for your time.
TD: Thank you.