Jake Vose Interview

Jake Vose was drafted in the 13th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres. He was sent to the Eugene Emeralds to begin his trek through the minor league system. The lefthander out of the University of Nevada admitted of his draft slot, "I thought it was a little higher than I expected. Especially being a senior, I didn't think I would go as high."

He isn't complaining mind you. Jake Vose carved out a solid career at UNLV. The former JuCo transfer went 8-4 in his first season with the Rebels and was 10-4 in 2004. He led the team in innings pitched and started 18 games.

But Vose was still a little taken back at being selected in the 13th round. He didn't even know he had been drafted!

"It was pretty shocking," Vose continued. "I didn't even know about it until it happened. My coach, he had called me and said, ‘Hey you got drafted.' I was like, ‘What, really, I didn't even know about it." It was shocking."

"My fondest memory of Jake is the most recent," UNLV Coach Buddy Gouldsmith recalled. "I phoned him to congratulate him on being drafted by the Padres and he earnestly had no clue he had been drafted. His sincere appreciation and genuine excitement over being drafted and getting an opportunity to realize his dream will long live in my mind."

Vose is now a prospect in the San Diego Padres organization. He was assigned to the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League – a short season Low-A affiliate.

He has made nine appearances, second most on the team to Jake Upwood and has allowed runs in three of those appearances.

I just throw a fastball, changeup and curveball. I just try to get guys out. The main thing is to try and get a win for the team. After a strong first outing he allowed his first and only homer in his second outing.

"I hung a changeup to their hitter and he hit it pretty far," Vose recalled. "The ball just kept going. (That) night I was a little mad. Better luck next time hopefully."

Since then he has given up two earned runs in 7.2 innings of work coming out of the bullpen. His success stems from the beginning of innings. Leadoff batters are hitting just .100 against the lefty on the year. And at home batters are hitting just .091 against him. He has yielded five hits and three walks in his ten innings of work.

Now that he is pitching for the San Diego Padres, nothing could be finer. Vose wasn't even sure he would have a career in baseball a few short years ago. That was before Community College resurrected his career.

"I like it a lot," Vose said of playing within the Padres system. "San Diego is the best. Playing up in Eugene is a great environment, great stadium and great fans too. We pulled in almost 3,500 (in the opener) and that is the third or fourth most I have ever played in front of. It is pretty crazy, I like it."

One thing that he does admit to is being tired. Vose pitched the whole season at UNLV and as mentioned previously he led the team in innings pitched. Now, for the first time, his season has been extended. What was normally a break in the action has turned into the fiercest competition around.

"A little bit," Vose described his level of tiredness. "Especially coming off a long season at UNLV. We made it to the regionals. I have been playing non-stop for a pretty long time. When that happens you are going to get burned out at some point. Not yet – and usually when you keep doing well you never do get burned out."

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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