Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Josh Lansford, P

It was a big off-season for the Oakland A's and the Lansford family. With Jared already in tow, the A's brought back former star Carney as a broadcaster with the team and signed Josh, Jared's older brother. The former Cubs' infield prospect converted to pitching just last year and he has struck-out 30 in 29 innings for the Low-A Kane County Cougars. David Malamut spoke to Lansford...

David Malamut: How has the season gone so far?

Josh Lansford: Good. I'm happy to be here in Kane County. It's fun. I'm having a good time and learning a lot.

DM: What do you throw?

JL: Fastball, slider, curveball, changeup.

DM: What's your mentality on the mound?

JL: Just go right after a hitter.

DM: What are you working on?

JL: Throwing the breaking ball for a strike. Be consistently in the 'zone and command of my fastball in and out.

DM: How has your transition to pitcher gone?

JL: It's going as scheduled.

DM: How was playing at St. Francis High School [in Mountain View, CA]?

JL: I learned how to play the game the right way. I had a great coach, one of the best coaches I've ever had, and he just taught me how to play the game hard.

DM: How was Cal-Poly?

JL: Same thing, also a great coach. I worked more with the mental side of the game, as well as the physical side.

DM: How was being drafted by the Cubs?

JL: It was kind of a surprise. I wasn't thinking Chicago, but that is how it all ended up. Draft day was kind of just a weird day.

DM: In the Cubs system you were a hitter. What was your experience in the system?

JL: I'm happy to be with Oakland.

DM: How was Peoria?

JL: It was great playing for Ryne Sandberg. He taught me a lot about the game.

DM: How different was playing in Boise the second time around as a pitcher?

JL: It was a lot different as a pitcher.

DM: How is playing in Kane County?

JL: I've learned more the first half of the season than I learned all last year.

DM: How has the Midwest League been?

JL: It's a different league than most of the other ones. The commute can get to the players. It's a great league, a lot of good parks, a lot of good fan support.

DM: Besides baseball what else do you like to do?

JL: Golf.

DM: If you were not playing baseball what would you be doing?

JL: Coaching baseball somewhere.

DM: Top 5 artists in your iPod?

JL: Revolution, Pepper, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Sublime.

DM: Biggest influence growing up?

JL: My dad [former A's third-baseman and current pre- and post-game broadcaster Carney Lansford].

DM: Biggest baseball hero?

JL: My dad and also [former A's star starting pitcher] Dave Stewart.

DM: Your brother Jared came through this league also as a pitcher. Did he give you a lot of advice?

JL: Besides [A's minor league pitching coordinator] Gil Patterson and [Kane County pitching coach] Jimmy Escalante, he has taught me everything I know about pitching.


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