Q&A with Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown is no stranger to the A's nation, or the baseball world in general. A first-round pick by the A's in the 2002 draft, the former University of Alabama standout is enjoying modest success in his first Triple-A season at Sacramento.

The 26-year-old Brown is batting .260 in 57 games with the River Cats and is currently riding a season-long seven-game hitting streak. He has nine home runs, 10 doubles and 27 RBIs behind the plate for the Cats this season.

Brown began the year batting .357 through his first month with the team, but had fallen on hard times through May and June, in which he combined to hit less than .200 in a stretch of roughly 30 games.

The Birmingham native still makes his home in the Magic City in the off-season and recently joined Oakland Clubhouse for a Q&A session earlier this week.

Q: You started out really hot, but seemed to tail off a little bit prior to this hitting streak. What do you attribute to the fast start and the struggles that pursued?

A: You know what? I just came out swinging the bat well. Some balls dropped and I got off to a good start. Slumps happen for some reason and I got into one. I don't have enough at-bats really to where my average can withstand a drought like I went through. I'm getting it going again and am starting to swing the bat well. I have plenty of time to get my average up.

Q: Have you done anything differently with regards to your approach these last 7-10 games?

A: I had some mechanical flaws in my swing, in my lower half that I knew I was doing. Once you get into a game, things sort of start to correct. I've been doing a lot of early work, out in the cage early before batting practice. I think I'm starting to get squared away.

Q: You've thrown out 44 percent of base-runners behind the plate. Has defense always been a big attribute for you?

A: This year, I've caught the ball well and thrown the ball well I think. You just have to get better each and every year. I think I have this year.

Q: You surprised a lot of folks last year with double your home runs (20) than any previous season. Do you attribute that to a another season in the Texas League, or something else?

A: I don't think it's the third year in the league. I had close to 400 at-bats last year and got hot and was playing every day. My swing quickened, plus I'm getting older and stronger.

Q: After three straight years at Double-A, did you expect to move up to Sacramento going into the year?

A: You never know. I was hoping to start here, but if I went back to Midland, I wouldn't have minded.

Q: What were your favorite moments and stories with the Crimson Tide and Coach Wells?

A: Probably my most incredible moments were getting to go to the College World Series my freshman year. My senior year, we won the SEC Tournament. I really enjoyed my time there. It's a great school. I love it and wouldn't trade all those moments for anything.

Q: Do you still follow the University closely?

A: Oh, yeah. I'm a huge Alabama football fan. Roll Tide!

Q: Living in California, do you ever get homesick?

A: My first year at Visalia, I probably did. This year, I have my wife and kid out here with me. Plus, we live in Birmingham in the off-season. We just bought a house there last year. There's several minor league players that live there.

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