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Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Josh Lansford, P
David Malamut: How has the season gone so far? Josh Lansford: 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? JL: Fastball, slider, curveball, changeup. DM: What's your mentality on the mound? JL: Just go right after a hitter. DM: What are you working on? JL: 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? JL: It's going as scheduled. DM: How was playing at St. Francis High School [in Mountain View, CA]? JL: 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? JL: 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? JL: 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? JL: I'm happy to be with Oakland. DM: How was Peoria? JL: 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? JL: It was a lot different as a pitcher. DM: How is playing in Kane County? JL: I've learned more the first half of the season than I learned all last year. DM: How has the Midwest League been? JL: 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? JL: Golf. DM: If you were not playing baseball what would you be doing? JL: Coaching baseball somewhere. DM: Top 5 artists in your iPod? JL: Revolution, Pepper, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Sublime. DM: Biggest influence growing up? JL: My dad [former A's third-baseman and current pre- and post-game broadcaster Carney Lansford]. DM: Biggest baseball hero? JL: 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? JL: 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.
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