Q&A With 16th Round Draft Pick Branden Dewing

Branden Dewing had the dream of a lifetime realized on Tuesday when he was selected in the 16th round of the MLB draft. For Dewing, the honor was made even sweeter by the fact that he was selected by his favorite team, the Oakland A's. We caught up with the San Jose State left-hander to learn his reaction on being drafted, his expectations for the future and a little about his pitching repertoire.

Profile

Last season, the Oakland A's selected a left-handed pitcher in the 29th round from San Jose State named Brad Kilby. Kilby has been a big success in the A's organization thus far, well out-pitching his 29th round status. In 21 appearances for A-Kane County this season, Kilby has posted a 2.43 ERA while giving up less than a hit per inning. The A's are hoping that their latest San Jose State left-hander – Branden Dewing – will have similar early success in the minor leagues.

Dewing was a work-horse for the San Jose Spartans this season, starting a team-high 17 games. He was named the Spartans' "Outstanding Pitcher" for 2006 and was second-team All-WAC. He had a 7-6 record with a 3.15 ERA in 114.1 innings pitched, including four complete games, two of which were shut-outs.

The lanky left-hander leaves the San Jose State campus with his name all over the Spartan team record books. He finished his collegiate career third in San Jose State history in pitching appearances with 72 and fourth all-time in innings pitched with 337.

Dewing is a native of Modesto, CA, and was one of the few local prospects that the A's targeted during their first day of drafting. He is also one of the few left-handed pitchers on the A's first day draft list, something that should be a benefit to him, as the A's are thin in left-handed pitching throughout their system.

We caught up with Branden Dewing the day after his selection for a Q&A session.

The Interview

OaklandClubhouse: Did you have any inkling that the A's were going to take you in the draft?

Branden Dewing: I had heard that the A's were interested in me, but I thought it was kind of a long shot. There were a couple of teams that seemed interested, so I didn't really know who was going to pick me.

OC: Did you have a lot of scouts on-hand during your starts this year?

BD: There were usually two or three scouts on-hand at each of my starts. It kind of became an every day thing, and I wouldn't really know who the scout was with or anything, so it didn't pay too close attention to it all.

OC: Being from Modesto, did you follow the Modesto A's [Oakland's High-A affiliate until 2005]?

BD: A little bit, yeah. We'd go to Modesto A's games on the 4th of July and on fireworks nights and stuff like that. Our high school championship game was at their field [John Thurman Field].

OC: Are you happy to be affiliated with a Bay Area team still?

BD: I was actually really excited to stay connected with the Bay Area. The A's are actually my favorite team, so me and my family have been really excited about it since we heard.

OC: Have the A's told you where you will be playing this season after you sign?

BD: When I spoke with them, they mentioned Vancouver and that I would need a passport, so I am assuming that I am going there for now.

OC: What kind of pitches are you currently throwing? What is your favorite pitch?

BD: I throw a fastball – a two seamer and four seamer – and a curveball, change-up and slider. I like to rely on my fastball because I like the movement it gets and I like to let hitters get themselves out with it.

OC: Have you spoken to any friends in minor league baseball who have given you a taste of what to expect with pro ball?

BD: Yeah, actually, I spoke with my former teammate Brad Kilby and he was in Vancouver last season and he loved it. He said it was a really great place to play, so I am really looking forward to playing there if that's where they send me.


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