After posting a 3.84 ERA for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters last year, Brent Powers earned a promotion to Low-A Burlington to start the 2012 campaign. The Oakland A's 2011 18th-round pick struggled with his command with the Bees, walking 26 in 44.2 innings and allowing 10 homeruns.
Halfway through the season, the A's moved Powers from Low-A back to short-season ball. Although he finished his 2012 stint with the Lake Monsters with an 0-7 record and a 5.51 ERA, Powers showed improvement with Vermont. He struck-out 57 in 63.2 innings and dropped his BB:9 ratio from 5.24 to 3.96, while raising his K:9 ratio from 7.86 to 8.06. He also cut his HR:9 by more than one from 2.01 to 0.99
Donald Moore spoke with the southpaw near the end of the Vermont season.
Donald Moore: How's everything going for you this season?
Brent Powers: You know, it's been a year of growing, I'd have to say. A lot of learning and ups and downs as far as results are concerned, but as a pitcher, you really can't control the results. You can control what you do each day, and that's what I'm really focused on this time around.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
BP: Finish strong is the biggest thing, just each day coming out and get a little bit better, with the remainder of the season and support the guys.
DM: What did you work on in spring training?
BP: You know, I've been working on the change up. That's always kind of something that needs time to develop and I think just consistency is about all.
DM: What are your plans for the off season?
BP: Head back to Texas, get married in about a month and I'm real excited about that and take a little time away from the game but then get right back in it. Start training and get better for next season.
DM: Brent, always a pleasure speaking with you and the best of luck to you.
BP: Thank you.