Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Bo Schultz

Bo Schultz is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, but his media career is on hold as he pursues an opportunity in the major leagues. The submarine right-hander has been a groundball machine for the Kane County Cougars out of the bullpen this season, inducing more than three groundouts for every flyout. David Malamut spoke with Schultz, who has a 2.82 ERA in 51 innings.

David Malamut: How has the season gone so far?

Bo Schultz: Not too bad.

DM: What do you throw?

BS: Fastball and slider. Mostly just fastball though. Change-up sometimes.

DM: What are you working on?

BS: Trying to throw more strikes.

DM: What's your mentality on the mound?

BS: Attack the strike zone.

DM: What did you learn pitching at Highland Park High School (Dallas, Texas)?

BS: Throwing hard helps.

DM: What did you learn playing at Northwestern University?

BS: I'm a pitcher not an outfielder, as much as I want to believe the other. I almost played the outfield but not quite. I played in high school. I was ok, not great. I didn't play all the time [he didn't play in a game as a freshman or sophomore]. I played more during the summers.

DM: What was it like being signed by Oakland as an undrafted free-agent in 2008?

BS: It was great. A great way to finish school at Northwestern.

DM: What was your Arizona League experience like?

BS: Really, really hot. An interesting jump from college. It was different playing with a lot more talent around. Playing in the Big Ten was fun and challenging, especially for me considering I really grew into my ability when I grew into my size. I realized what it took to be a pitcher how to attack the strike zone. I had a great pitching coach there who really, really opened my eyes on how to pitch to your strengths rather than giving in and trying to pitch to their weakness, and compromising yourself, because once you start compromising yourself you lose you conviction in your pitches then you start losing your bulldog mentality.

The biggest thing in Arizona was trying to be completely confident and believe in myself that I deserved to be there with the better talent.

DM: When did you go sidearm?

BS: At the end of my year in Arizona, the pitching coordinater Gil Patterson said "you don't project to becoming a big league pitcher from where you are unless you somehow start spotting and locating like Greg Maddux" which for me was definitely not going to happen, considering walks have always been my issue.

So far I've had some good luck and decent success. I really attribute it to the guys behind me because I'm not a big strikeout guy. I try to pitch to contact as much as possible and hopefully once it leaves my hand it ends up on the ground somewhere and someone in the infield gets the out. It's definitely easier to get outs when your not putting them on base for free.

DM: Do you warm up for a couple of pitches over hand first always?

BS: It just gets the arm going.

DM: How was it been with Kane County?

BS: I have really enjoyed it. It is really good to be back in Chicago.

DM: How was the Midwest League been?

BS: It's fun. The difference between college and rookie ball even though it may not have been huge the higher up you go, increasingly more talented guys are around, strike-zones get tighter, hitters are more disciplined. Even though this is considered a pitchers' league it's still by no means easy to get outs without being able to pitch with your good stuff.

DM: Besides baseball what do you like to do?

BS: I like to play golf. I swing hard in case i hit it.

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

BS: Struggling to be a journalist.

DM: Top-5 artists in your iPod?

BS: James Taylor, Dave Mathews, Revolution, Jay-Z, Tu-Pac.

DM: Biggest influence growing up?

BS: My parents just because they said whenever you make a commitment, you're going to do it to the best of your ability no matter if you want to do it or not.

DM: Who was your baseball hero growing up? BS: Being a Texas boy, Nolan Ryan.

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