David Malamut: How has the season gone so far?
Good. I'm happy to be here in Kane County. It's fun. I'm having a good time and learning a lot.
DM: What do you throw?
Fastball, slider, curveball, changeup.
DM: What's your mentality on the mound?
Just go right after a hitter.
DM: What are you working on?
Throwing the breaking ball for a strike. Be consistently in the 'zone and command of my fastball in and out.
DM: How has your transition to pitcher gone?
It's going as scheduled.
DM: How was playing at St. Francis High School [in Mountain View, CA]?
I learned how to play the game the right way. I had a great coach, one of the best coaches I've ever had, and he just taught me how to play the game hard.
DM: How was Cal-Poly?
Same thing, also a great coach. I worked more with the mental side of the game, as well as the physical side.
DM: How was being drafted by the Cubs?
It was kind of a surprise. I wasn't thinking Chicago, but that is how it all ended up. Draft day was kind of just a weird day.
DM: In the Cubs system you were a hitter. What was your experience in the system?
I'm happy to be with Oakland.
DM: How was Peoria?
It was great playing for Ryne Sandberg. He taught me a lot about the game.
DM: How different was playing in Boise the second time around as a pitcher?
It was a lot different as a pitcher.
DM: How is playing in Kane County?
I've learned more the first half of the season than I learned all last year.
DM: How has the Midwest League been?
It's a different league than most of the other ones. The commute can get to the players. It's a great league, a lot of good parks, a lot of good fan support.
DM: Besides baseball what else do you like to do?
DM: If you were not playing baseball what would you be doing?
Coaching baseball somewhere.
DM: Top 5 artists in your iPod?
Revolution, Pepper, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Sublime.
DM: Biggest influence growing up?
My dad [former A's third-baseman and current pre- and post-game broadcaster Carney Lansford].
DM: Biggest baseball hero?
My dad and also [former A's star starting pitcher] Dave Stewart.
DM: Your brother Jared came through this league also as a pitcher. Did he give you a lot of advice?
Besides [A's minor league pitching coordinator] Gil Patterson and [Kane County pitching coach] Jimmy Escalante, he has taught me everything I know about pitching.
It was a big off-season for the Oakland A's and the Lansford family. With Jared already in tow, the A's brought back former star Carney as a broadcaster with the team and signed Josh, Jared's older brother. The former Cubs' infield prospect converted to pitching just last year and he has struck-out 30 in 29 innings for the Low-A Kane County Cougars. David Malamut spoke to Lansford...
David Malamut chats with Kane County reliever Josh Lansford.
Lansford has averaged more than a K per inning.