-The K Zone-
January 11th 2017
Interview by Mike Duffy
Recently I was able to interview Dodgers #16 top prospect (according to MLB Pipeline) As of 2017 he is the #15 prospect in the Mariners Organization. Chase Dejong. In 2015 he helped the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes win the California League title and this past November his contract was selected by the Dodgers from their AAA affiliate the OKC Dodgers. While getting to talk to him, I found that he has a great taste in films and a great respect for the old stadiums. Recently made his Major League Debut with the Seattle Mariners!
Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, minor leagues, to the majors, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?
Chase Dejong: I think the biggest challenge at any level is being able to adapt to what the hitter is doing. It’s a constant battle of trying to disrupt the hitters timing no matter what level you’re at be it high school or MLB.
Mike Duffy: What did you do best this season?
Chase Dejong: This season I was able to pound the strike zone with quality strikes and cover my innings as a starting pitcher going 5+ more times then not.
Mike Duffy: This offseason whats the major thing your planning to work on?
Chase Dejong: This offseason I’ve been trying to put on some weight to help me last longer and cover more innings. Aiming for 180+ innings.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite thing about being an Dodger?
Chase Dejong: The legacy that comes with the uniform is something I’m very proud to be able to have the chance to be a small part of.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Chase Dejong: I love golf that’s my favorite hobby. I’m also a bit of a movie buff.
Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Chase Dejong: Nolan Ryan is my favorite ball player of all time.
Mike Duffy: Who’s the hardest batter you faced this season?
Chase Dejong: The 3rd baseman from NWA last name Ramos was the most difficult batter I continually faced all summer.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite stadium?
Chase Dejong: There was something magical about old yankee stadium that will always stick with me.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite movie/tv show?
Chase Dejong: Favorite movie is ocean’s 11 (the whole series really).
Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?
Chase Dejong: 1 Samuel 2:30 “those who honor God, God will honor”
That’s my life verse!