Q&A With A's 10th Round Pick Danny Hamblin

In 2006, the Oakland A's selected corner infielder Danny Hamblin in the ninth round. Hamblin elected to go back to Arkansas rather than sign with the A's. One year later, Oakland drafted Hamblin again -- this time in the 10th round. The A's got Hamblin to sign quickly this time around and he has been a productive force for the Vancouver Canadians. Jeremy Knight caught-up with Hamblin for a Q&A.

Danny Hamblin is enjoying success in his first year of professional baseball. Through August 8, 'Amblin' was batting .275 with seven dingers on the 2007 campaign. On Wednesday, he made his first appearance (a pinch-hitting appearance) since last Saturday, when he was hit in the hand during a game against the Yakima Bears. Jeremy Knight spoke to the University of Arkansas alumni last weekend in Vancouver.

Jeremy Knight: You were drafted by Oakland in 2006, did you have any idea they'd re-draft you this year?

Danny Hamblin: During the season, no; but towards the end of the draft I did.

JK: Are you happy you went back to Oakland or were you wishing to be chosen by another club?

DH: I was pretty happy with the selection. It was good knowing the organization liked me enough to draft me twice.

JK: You've hit six home-runs on the road this season, compared to only one at Nat Bailey Stadium. With that in mind, is there a different mindset in your head with the change of fence distances?

DH: I don't think so, at all. It's just a matter of what swing you take and not so much that you have a different mindset.

JK: At the start of the year you were battling at first base with Sean Doolittle for playing time, and you were moved around the lineup to 3rd base and DH. Now that you own that first base position, with Doolittle being promoted last month, is it good knowing you won't be shifted?

DH: I don't mind either way. I've always liked playing third, I've played there growing up, and it was a little more interesting never knowing what you were going to do at the park. I like it.

JK: Growing up, what was your favorite MLB team?

DH: The Texas Rangers.

JK: So if you were to play a game against the Rangers at McAfee Coliseum and you were stepping in to bat, who would you be cheering for?

DH: [Laughs] Oakland, definitely.

JK: Not to go too far ahead, but next season would you rather be up in Stockton being a backup to someone like [Sean] Doolittle, or would you be happy being the starting first baseman in Kane County?

DH: I'd rather be playing than backing up someone.

Writer's Bio
Jeremy Knight is known as Canada's wonderkid of sports reporting. He covers CFL football, college baseball and minor league hockey for The Roadkill Sports Blog, and pro baseball for Notes From The Nat and Scout.com ... when he's not in detention.

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