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Oakland A's prospect Q&A: Jesus Lopez, IF

Talented 19-year-old infielder Jesus Lopez had several career-firsts in 2016. Donald Moore spoke with the infielder about his goals and more.

Jesus Lopez didn't put up eye-opening numbers this season, but the talented infield prospect make progress in 2016. The native of Nicaragua played in a career-high 102 games, splitting his season between the Low-A Beloit Snappers and the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. The 19-year-old played in a full-season league for the first time and hit the first two homeruns of his career.

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Donald Moore spoke with Lopez during his July stint with the Vermont Lake Monsters about his progress this season and goals for the future. 

The Interview

Donald Moore: Hi Jesus, how is everything going for you so far this season?

Jesus Lopez: I made a lot of adjustments. If you compare this year to last year, and making those adjustments, I feel that it made me a better player this year.

DM: What are your goals for this year?

JL: Work hard, improve my game and have a strong finish to the end of the season .

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

JL: My defense is strong and I am making the adjustments I need to do for my swing and bat.

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

JL: Make adjustments in my hitting and that will improve me as a player overall. 

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

JL: What I enjoy is just playing baseball. It is more of a discipline level, more challenging, a little bit harder but I just enjoy playing baseball.

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

JL: The hardest part is the consistency and harder competition.

DM: Any pre-game routines?

JL: I just follow the routine they give to us before the game.

DM: Any hobbies?

JL: Listen to music.

DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?

JL: The New York Yankees.

DM: Where are you originally from?

JL: Chinandega, Nicaragua.

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

JL: My former coach when I came out of Nicaragua. He was the only person, all the time that taught me about baseball and keeps in track about the game.

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

JL: When the fans are looking for a ball and when they touch it, they'll try to come back on to the field.

DM: Any off-season plans?

JL: I just want to work on my body to be ready for next year because it's going to be a long season. I want to start next season strong and finish strong.

DM: I want to thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.

JL: Thank you.


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