Quick Hits: Josh Lansford

Third baseman Josh Lansford's first professional season ended on Sunday night as the Class Low A Boise Hawks dropped the best-of-five Northwest League Championship Series to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, three games to one.

Lansford batted .255 in 62 regular season games, primarily at third base. Selected in the sixth round of the 2006 draft from Cal-Poly, he is the son of former major leaguer Carney Lansford and the brother of Oakland pitching prospect Jared Lansford.

Defensively, Josh committed eight errors at third this season and posted a .945 fielding percentage. Lansford says he is one of the many Cub prospects slated to attend the organization's annual Instructional League camp beginning next month. (The full list of players will be announced at a later date.)

On recent absence from the Hawks' lineup:

"I hyper-extended my left elbow (on Aug. 18) and had some pretty bad inflammation from swinging at a pitch. I also had some shoulder stiffness at the beginning of the season -- probably like the third or fourth day after I got to Boise. That only took a week or so to get over. They were separate injuries."

On NWL champion Salem-Keizer, who defeated the Hawks three games to one in the best-of-five league championship series:

"Every time we played them, we played them tough. They got the timely hits when they played us. It could have gone either way."

On what impressed him the most about Salem-Keizer:

"Speed. They had a couple of burners and could wreck havoc on the defense."

On his first professional season:

"Everything was exactly what I thought it would be. Boise is a great town to start your career in. I've worked on a lot of things this year -- mostly defensive stuff, trying to be more consistent with the glove. I made a few good plays throughout the year. I'll fall back on more of a hitting aspect in Instructs this year and in Spring Training next year."

On what he expects in Instructs:

"My brother, Jared, went last year. Talking to guys on the (Boise) team, I'm expecting a lot of hard work, getting up early around 6 a.m., working my tail off all day, then relaxing in the evening's because it's so hot down there."

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