-The K Zone-

November 5th 2016

Revised on August 30th 2017

Luke Persico

Interviewed By Mike Duffy


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Luke Persico young and hungry for the game of baseball. He is from Southern California and attended UCLA for 3 years until he was drafted in 2016 as the 352nd pick by the Oakland Athletics. Coming from a great season at UCLA, Luke started his career a little shaky but towards the end, he brought back the fire he had shown the Pac12 . Read about how this Pro handled his first few months in the minor leagues.


Mike Duffy: Was Short-Season Class A NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE harder or easier then when playing at UCLA?

Luke Persico: I think the Penn League was definitely a step above playing at UCLA. Pitchers consistently through in the 90s and some relievers even sat in the high 90s so the overall talent was better for sure. 


Mike Duffy: How did you motivate yourself to get out of the slump you had in August 2016? In the offseason what was the number one thing you worked on? 

Luke Persico: I tried my best to take it one pitch at a time and slow the game down. I think I was pressing a little too much and not having enough fun so once I figured that out it helped. My main focus is too get stronger and more physical but I’m also working on fine tuning my swing.


Mike Duffy: Being pick number 352 in the draft make you work harder this season to show them the talent we know you have from watching you play at UCLA?

Luke Persico: My goal is to go out and work my hardest every day. I will work towards my goal of becoming a big leaguer and play this game until they take the jersey off of my back.


Mike Duffy: Best Stadium you’ve played in?  

Luke Persico: Either dodger stadium or chase field.


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Mike Duffy: What was your favorite team growing up?

Luke Persico:  The Yankees.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?

Luke Persico: My favorite player growing up was Derek Jeter.


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Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Luke Persico: I like to play video games and going to the beach.


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Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite movie and tv show?
Luke Persico: My favorite Tv show is probably the Office or How I Met Your Mother.


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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite part about the Athletics organization?

Luke Persico: My favorite thing about them is how they treat everyone the same and give everyone a fair shot no matter the round they were picked in!


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