Drew Locke Interview

Drew Locke was a 19th round selection (586th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft out of Boston College.

He played five seasons in the Dodgers organization, with his best season coming in 2008 with Inland Empire when he hit .308 with 11 home runs and 85 RBI.

In 2009, he lit up the Texas League (AA) by hitting .324 with 20 home runs, and 109 RBI for Corpus Christi. He was named to the Texas League All-star team that season.

He was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock in 2010, and continued to produce, hitting .279 with 17 home runs, and 74 RBI.

Last season with Oklahoma City of Pacific Coast League he had a .268 batting average with 11 home runs, and 58 RBI.

On February, 7 2012, Locke signed with the expansion Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League. 

CM: Who was your favorite baseball team growing up? Player? Memories?

DL: My favorite team growing up was the Red Sox.  I went to a lot of games when I was younger and my dad seemed to always pick the games when Roger Clemens was pitching.  We sat in the left field corner right below the Green Monster.  My favorite player was on the other side of the field in right, Dwight Evans. That guy was so underrated!

CM: Did you collect sports memorabilia growing up? If so, what's your favorite item?

DL: I used to collect baseball cards when I was younger.  We had a sports memorabilia store down the street from my house and my friends and I would ride our bikes down and buy packs of cards and try to complete sets. I also have a pretty decent collection of autograph balls.  My favorite item is a mini Ken Griffey Jr.'s glove that he autographed.

CM: Do you remember where you were when you were drafted? What was your reaction?

DL: I was at my parents house, listening to the draft on the internet.  I actually stepped away from the computer for a minute, and didn't even here my name called. I found out when the scout called me a few minutes later.

CM: What was your reaction the first time you saw yourself on baseball card?

DL: I had a few team set cards and that was pretty cool to have, but when I got my first real card from Bowman Chrome, I was pretty excited.

CM: What was your favorite memory playing in the Dodgers and Astros organizations?

DL: Coming up with the Dodgers, you get to see the great history that organization has.  Guys like Tommy Lasorda, Sandy Koufax, and Maury Wills would be walking around Dodgertown all the time.  I had a lot of great memories with the Astros.  Getting the chance to play in big league camp was a dream come true.  I got to experience what it was like to be a big leaguer, even if it was only for a month.  

CM: You had some extremely successful seasons in the minor leagues, but never got called up to the major leagues. How do you feel about that? 

DL: To get to the big leagues, you have to be very talented.  However, you also need some luck.  You have to be playing well at a time when they are looking to bring someone up.  A few years ago, I had my best season as a professional, but the Astros outfield was the strongest part of their team and they stayed healthy all season.  Its a tough situation, but the reason I am still playing is because I believe I am good enough to play in the big leagues.


 



CM: How do you feel about being on the inaugural roster for the Sugar Land Skeeters? 

DL: It will definitely be exciting, that's for sure.  Playing in a brand new stadium, in front of a lot of fans will be a great experience.  I have enjoyed my time in Texas the last 3 years, so to come back there, and also play in the Atlantic League was an easy decision for me. 

CM: What have you heard about the competition level in the Atlantic League from other players? 

DL: I've heard that the Atlantic League is very comparable to AA or AAA. I know a lot of guys get picked up over the course of the season, so that is always a good thing.  I've played with a bunch of guys in this league over the years (Tommy Everidge, Josh Banks, Adam Godwin, and Bridger Hunt just to name a few.) 

CM: If there is one thing you want Skeeters fans to know about you, what do it be? 

DL: Hopefully a lot of the fans are Astros fans so they already know a little about me.  I am going to play the same way everyday and give the fans their money's worth.  A former coach once told me that these fans are spending their hard earned money to come and watch us play. It's not fair if you aren't giving them their money's worth.

Also, my girlfriend is a professional softball player, and I am sure I wouldn't stand a chance against her, but we agreed to never face each other! 

CM: What's the brand of glove and bat do you use? 

DL: My glove is a Rawlings and I swing Old Hickory bats. 

CM: How do you feel about signing autographs? Do you feel their is a limit to how many each fan can ask for? 

DL: I love signing autographs, especially for kids.  I try to do it as much as I can, as long as it does not interrupt my routine.  The only time I don't like signing is when someone has 2 pages worth of the same card and asks to sign every one. 

CM: If you could play catch with one person dead or alive who would it be? 

DL: I would definitely want to play catch with my Grandpa.  He was my biggest fan when I was in little league, and I wish he was still around to watch me play today.

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  1. I really enjoy your blog, it's helping me get ready for Skeeters season::)))Looking forward to seeing Locke play.

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