Q&A With A's 5th Round Pick Jason Christian

In the 2008 draft, the Oakland A's used their fifth round draft pick on University Michigan shortstop Jason Christian. The lanky and athletic Ohio native signed with the A's quickly and is currently playing for the short-season Vancouver Canadians. Jeremy Knight recently spoke with the Ohio native about being drafted, making his pro debut and more...

Jason Christian was the Oakland A's fifth pick in the 2008 draft. A junior at Michigan, Christian hit .330 with seven homers, six triples and 13 doubles for the Wolverines this season. He swiped 16 bases in 18 chances and had a .445 OBP.

Christian signed quickly after the draft and he has begun his pro career with the Vancouver Canadians. Through Wednesday, Christian has five hits in 19 at-bats and four walks.

Jeremy Knight spoke to the athletic shortstop...

Jeremy Knight: You're a top round draft pick of the A's, who is playing for short-season Vancouver. How does it feel playing pro just a few weeks after being drafted?

Jason Christian: It's very exciting. It's been something I've been looking forward to and I wanted to sign quickly and get started. Vancouver's a great place, very nice, so I'm excited.

JK: You're batting either second or third in the batting order. Are those the two positions that you hit in for Michigan, or were you batting in the power-spots like fourth and fifth?

JC: I've usually hit one or two, so batting third was a little new but second was somewhere I felt really good batting at.

JK: You have started your pro career at Nat Bailey Stadium, which is not known as a hitter's park. Do you think going on the road to smaller stadiums may help you find a bigger gap or hit a home-run, more-so than at 'The Nat'?

JC: I don't really worry about homeruns. I just want to stay focused on the approach and we need some wins right now, so anything I can do to help us win.

JK: Are you happy that you were drafted by the A's?

JC: Yeah, definitely happy to be drafted by Oakland. They develop their players very well, and I'm very happy with them.

JK: What about where you got drafted? Was the 5th round high enough for you?

JC: I was hoping to go in the top 5 [rounds], I had said that all along. And that's where I went, so I was happy with it.

JK: The club's getting some new players this week. Do you think that might affect how much you play, where you play, or where you'll bat?

JC: I'm not sure, that's up to skip [Vancouver manager Rick Magnante]. I just go day-by-day.

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.

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