Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Myrio Richard, OF

When he posted an 821 OPS in April, Myrio Richard appeared poised for a big season. A wrist injury and a slump have slowed Richard down in May, but he is hopeful that it is just a speed-bump towards a good season. Richard spoke with David Malamut during the Kane County Cougars' most recent homestand.

David Malamut: How has the season gone for you so far?

Myrio Richard: It's ok. I started out real good and then I had a couple of injuries. I'm starting to get back in the groove of things.

DM: How is the wrist injury and has it affected you at the plate?

MR: It's getting better and better. It's still not full strength, but it's good enough for me to play through. It was affecting my swing at first because it really wasn't full strength, but it's still not full strength but it's getting better as the games go on. I'm getting treatment on it and recovering. It's affecting me when I swing and try to roll over.

DM: What's your mentality at the plate?

MR: Get good pitches I can hit and just put a good level swing and drive them.

DM: What advice did you get from your brother about playing in Kane County?

MR: Survive the first month and I'll be alright after that. He told me the conditions the first month are horrible. He said just survive that and your be alright. Do whatever you can.

DM: What did you learn from going to Prairie View A&M?

MR: I gained a lot of experience. I thought it was beneficial to me to face the college pitching to get ready and step into the next level. Prairie view is a small school, but we did play a lot of big division ones and I thought that was good for me to be there.

DM: Did you graduate?

MR: No, I'm actually a semester and a half away. I'm going to finish.

DM: How was draft day?

MR: It was exciting. I didn't expect a phone call from Oakland. It was a good experience. Once in a lifetime.

DM: What about being drafted by Oakland?

MR: I only talked to Oakland one time. It was a big shock and big blessing to be drafted here.

DM: What did you learn from playing in Arizona?

MR: I learned the ball carries very well. It's real hot. It's good conditions every day. You get used to the weather after a period of time.

DM: What about your time in Vancouver?

MR: Learned how to eat Canadian food, which I don't like very much. That was a totally different experience, totally out of my element. It was great atmosphere. I enjoyed playing there. The crowd was great. It's a different style of food altogether. The ketchup at McDonalds tastes different, the nuggets taste different, they don't have biscuits. It's just totally different than from down south.

DM: How was your off-season training?

MR: It went real well. Me and my brother worked hard, hitting and working out. It went real well. I was ahead of the game when I went to spring training.

DM: How was it different then when you were in college?

MR: A lot more time to prepare. I had a lot more time to focus on gaining weight and getting stronger.

DM: How was spring training?

MR: Real good, both offense and defense. I felt good leaving there with confidence, better than I expected.

DM: Thoughts on the Midwest League?

MR: Pretty good league. I thought so far we have had pretty good weather, except for those cold days, and those rainy, windy days. I'm not used to that being from the South.

DM: What are your goals on the year?

MR: Finish off strong. I plan on hitting around .300. That is my goal to hit around .300, with 10 homeruns or more.

DM: You've played centerfield the least out of the other positions in the outfield. Where are you comfortable?

MR: Centerfield is where I belong. That's my natural spot in the outfield. I feel that is my best spot and that's where I'm best at. Even though I can play all three, I like being in the center of the diamond, being in control. That is where I've been all my life. Being an infielder, playing center helps me with left and right, because I believe if you can play center you can play left or right.

DM: What else have you played besides the outfield?

MR: All my life I was a shortstop and second baseman. I also played third base in college. I played everything but pitcher and catcher in college.

DM: You play on talking [manager Aaron Nieckula] into letting you pitch?

MR: No, no, no chance. I love hitting too much to do that. I don't want to get on the mound, just hit.

DM: What did you take from playing in the infield that helped you play in the outfield?

MR: Good feet, you've got to have good feet to play in the infield. You've got to work your feet and legs and that helps me in the outfield when I go after a ball. Getting good jumps and routes, using quick feet. So that helps me.

DM: What do you need to work on offensively?

MR: Having a good at-bat. Every single at-bat, not giving away at-bats, not going up there just because I get a fastball and swinging at it, being patiently aggressive.

DM: Defensively?

MR: Continue to work on my reads and routes.

DM: What do you like to do besides baseball?

MR: I just like to relax. I'm a quiet person. Relax, go to the movies, go to the mall, shopping, eating out. I like eating at restaurants.

DM: What good movies?

MR: A variety. I kind of like the romantic movies. I'm kind of a romantic person.

DM: Top 5 artists in your iPod?

MR: Lil Boosie, Little Wayne, Webbie, Zero, Drake.

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