It can get pretty windy when Tucker Healy takes the hill. The Ithaca College alum has made a habit of racking up strike-outs throughout his career.
During his senior season at Ithaca, Healy struck-out nearly 14.5 batters per nine innings. That trend continued into his first professional season. The A's 2012 23rd-round pick has accumulated 42 strike-outs in 28.1 innings in relief for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters this year.
Donald Moore spoke with the 6'1'' right-hander during the Lake Monsters' recent roadtrip to upstate New York.
Donald Moore: How is everything going so far this season?
Tucker Healy: It's going great and I'm having a blast, enjoying my time here in Vermont and you know, it's everything I could have dreamed of.
DM: How are you adjusting to pro ball?
TH: It's definitely different playing everyday and going from city to city. It's definitely a long grind, but I'm loving it and everything about it. All the fans and everything, it's great.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
TH: Just to improve on my abilities and as a teammate, getting to know all the guys and how they work and getting along with them and creating some sort of a bond with them so hopefully this carries on through the organization. Actually, just working on my game, my abilities to propel me though the next level hopefully.
DM: What is your greatest strength as a ball player?
TH: Honestly, I'd probably say my abilities to forget things. Cause as you know, not everything goes your way in baseball and you have to have that ability to kind of put it past you and move on.
DM: Any pregame routine?
TH: Honestly, not really. If I do something one way, and I "pitch well" and the team wins, I'll do it the same way the next day, but it changes from time to time on how we perform as a team and I personally perform.
DM: Any hobbies?
TH: Actually, I just enjoy just playing baseball and hanging out with friends. I used to collect baseball cards, but that's when I was younger, so right now, just hanging out with friends, family and just playing baseball.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
TH: New England Patriots.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
TH: I'd say my father. He's been teaching me ever since I was two years old and he would take me to Red Sox games when I was younger and I would say, absolutely, he has taught me the most as far as baseball skills and everything about the game.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?
TH: We were playing down in East Cobb, in Marietta, Georgia. Our catcher was throwing down and our pitcher was pitching it and our first baseman tossed the ball into our dugout and the balls collided in mid air when the pitcher threw the ball, the ball went separate ways into each dugout. That was the wildest thing I ever seen and I don't think I'll ever see that again.
DM: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
TH: Hopefully playing for the Oakland Athletics.
DM: Thank you Tucker for your time and the best of luck to you.
TH: Thank you.