RedHawks Q&A: Outfielder Jake Goebbert learned on batting cage in barn

Astros prospect is making quick progression through the minor leagues.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 8, 2012

A batting cage in the barn? So you were out there swinging a bat around cows and chickens?

“It was in the upstairs level in the old hay loft. My dad set up lights. It had a batting cage and a pitching machine. He got tired of feeding me balls so the next year for Christmas they got me an automatic ball feeder so I could go up there and (hit) whenever I wanted.”

Were you in the hay loft swinging a bat every day?

“Pretty much every day, yeah. That's how I learned to hit. It was more repetition than lessons.”

Did you have to work hard growing up on the farm?

“I worked but as long we were busy and active (my parents) didn't pressure us to work. They let us be kids as well. I have to give them a ton of credit to be in the position I am.”

What did you do in the off season?

“My wife and I had a busy off-season. We bought a house, so between fixing the house up and going to the Arizona Fall League and then coming home and working (on the farm), it was a busy and quick off-season.”

How did you do in the Arizona Fall League?

“OK. I started real slow but finished strong. I was on the team that won it, which was awesome. It was a really neat experience to be out there.”

What kind of team will the RedHawks have this season?

“I think we are going to be a good team. We have a lot of potential, a lot of good veteran players and a solid pitching staff. I am really looking forward to seeing what we got. I am not saying we are going to win a bunch of games, but I think with the team we have we can.”

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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