InsideThePark.com: What was it like playing for Wichita State University?
Brandon Green: It was an unbelievable experience, I can't say that I regret any of it, it was just awesome. Gene Stevens is a great coach there, some of my best friends I met there. The whole experience was just unbelievable.
ITP: Were you happy to be drafted in the 19th round?
BG: I was happy to be drafted but not in the 19th round. I felt like I had a better year (at Wichita State) than the 19th round, and from talking to everybody I thought I was going to be drafted a little higher than that. But it all fell into place and I got to come to a great organization, and I'm happy with where I'm at now.
ITP: When you were a little kid did you ever think you would get the opportunity to play professional baseball?
BG: I did, that's what I always dreamed about doing. Just ever since I was little, going out in the front yard and playing myself and maybe my little brother some days, I always wanted to be a professional baseball player and make it to the big leagues one day. So I still have some of that dream to go.
ITP: Did you look up to any player in particular when you were growing up?
BG: When I was young I looked up to Ozzie Smith a lot. Just the way he could field and everything, he was amazing, so he was one of my idols when I was young.
ITP: Do you model your play today after any major leaguer in today's game?
BG: I would like to become like a Jeff Kent or a Brett Boone type- except maybe switch-hitter- like a guy who could play second with some power, or even a utility guy with a little bit of power.
ITP: When did you first start switch-hitting?
BG: I started switch-hitting when I was about four or five years old.
ITP: Do you feel like that has helped you over the years?
BG: Yeah, I really do. I feel like my right-handed swing has kept me back a little bit because I haven't seen as many left-handed pitchers throughout the years but I'm trying to get it back to where I want it and I think it is definitely a great tool to have.
ITP: What are some of the differences between Division I and Short Season-A?
BG: Well it's basically not a lot that different except for maybe (we used) aluminum bats at school and (we use) wood bats here. Other than that the competition isn't that different, playing at a good D-I like Wichita State it's really pretty close to the same. Defense, though, is a lot better up here, there is more consistent defense day in and day out. But other than that it's pretty close to the same.
ITP: What are some of the adjustments that you have had to make since joining the Aquasox?
BG: Me personally, not too many, except that I have been playing first base and I have never played first base before I got here. So that has been a new experience for me, and I have jut been trying to learn new positions and different things about each position every day.
ITP: What are your off-season plans?
BG: My off season plans are (going to be) going back to Wichita State and finish up a semester of school, try to get a job, and spend time with my fiancée and kids.
Before Green was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the 573rd pick in this June's draft, he played three seasons with the Wichita State Shockers, compiling a .395 average with 57 RBI in 65 games played as a junior utility infielder.
Green is both an athlete and a scholar. In 2004 he was named as a third-team collegiate baseball All-American, as well as a second-team Academic All-American.
The 22-year-old is currently leading the AquaSox in hits (63), total bases (100), and RBI (45). His 45 RBI are the fourth best in the Northwest League.
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