Scott Hodsdon threw three shut-outs this season.
With their sixth round selection in the 2007 draft, the Oakland A’s took Scott Hodsdon from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. Hodsdon had a stand-out year for the Cougars both as a pitcher and as an infielder. The A’s selected him as a pitcher, and we spoke with Hodsdon about becoming a pitcher full-time, where he will begin his pro career and more…
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Name: Scott Hodsdon
School/Year: Azusa Pacific University/ Senior
Round Selected: Sixth
Short Bio: Hodsdon was an accomplished two-way player at Azusa Pacific. He went 10-1 as a pitcher with seven saves and a 3.17 ERA. He had three shutouts, tying a school record, and set the school’s single-season strikeout mark with 116 in 108 innings. Hodsdon was also a prodigious hitter, blasting 26 homers and driving-in 100 runs. He was the GSAC’s Co-Player of the Year, along with teammate Stephen Vogt. He is the third-highest draft selection in Azusa Pacific team history. Hodsdon became the first Azusa Pacific player to be drafted by Oakland since Jason Ray was taken in 2005.
OaklandClubhouse: First of all, congratulations on being drafted.
Scott Hodsdon: Thank you.
OC: Had you had any sense before the draft that the A’s were interested in you?
SH: I had talked to their area scout quite a few times and he told me that they were really trying to get me. I had also talked to a few other teams, so it was really a toss-up between a few teams that I thought [would draft him]. I was just happy to see that the A’s selected me. They have a great organization and I am looking forward to playing for them.
OC: Sounds like they are interested in you primarily as a pitcher, but I know that you played a lot of infield in college. Are you on-board with being a pitcher full-time and giving up playing a position?
SH: Many of the guys who were talking to me had asked if I preferred either one and I really love playing both. I think I could have played either one, but they thought I would be better as a pitcher and I am happy with that and am just really excited to get started.
OC: What is your pitching repertoire right now?
SH: I throw a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a change-up, a slider, a curveball and a split-finger.
OC: Which one is your out-pitch right now?
SH: This past season, it has really been my slider.
OC: Is that a pitch that you developed recently?
SH: I actually started throwing it after my freshman year and I have been developing it ever since.
OC: If you were trying to describe your style as a pitcher, would you describe yourself as an aggressive pitcher, someone who is going to challenge hitters, or more of a pitch to the corners control pitcher?
SH: I really go right after the hitters. I throw a lot of pitches over the plate and let them try to hit it. I definitely try not to worry about the corners too much. It is a big part of baseball, but I don’t like to walk too many hitters, so I try to be aggressive over the plate as much as I can and try to match my best with their best and see what happens. Hopefully, I come out on top.
OC: Did they give you any indication about when you sign whether you would start in Vancouver or Arizona?
SH: I’ll be going to Vancouver. I am actually leaving on Thursday morning. I believe the season starts on the 19th.
OC: Have you officially signed then?
SH: I’m actually going to sign the contract tonight. I am meeting with my area guy tonight.
SH: Thank you.
OC: Was there a team that you followed growing up?
SH: Growing up in Southern California, I have always been a huge Angels fan, so it will exciting to hopefully play some games at Angel Stadium if I make the big leagues someday. That would be fun.
OC: Are you going to miss being a position player at all?
SH: I’m going to miss hitting, I think. I love hitting. Of course, being in the American League, I will only have a chance to hit – assuming I make it to the pros – when we play the National League team in their place. That will probably be the biggest thing that I miss. Getting to play everyday is great, but pitching is great too.