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July 3, 2014

With opportunities aplenty, Pohl taking advantage

AAA callup a 'surprise' that has helped batting skills

Phil Pohl seems to be making most out of every opportunity in Minor League Baseball, which is good because he has had a lot of them lately.

Over the past two seasons, the Cooperstown Central School graduate has played for three different teams within the Oakland A’s organization. Whether he has been in Wisconsin playing with the Class A Beloit Snappers, getting a call-up to Sacramento’s Triple-A team, or playing with the Class A Advanced Stockton Ports in California, he has been gaining lots of experience and getting used to the transitions.

“There’s a bit of a learning curve (when moving around), but having done it a fair amount so far, it’s becoming easier the more I move,” said Pohl, a 2012 graduate of Clemson University and a two-time Daily Star Player of the Year while at Cooperstown.

“Now I know a few guys on each team within the organization, so its nice and it makes it easier each time,” Pohl said.

After being selected by the A’s in the 28th round of the 2012 draft, Pohl has spent the majority of this season in Wisconsin, with the Snappers. He is currently playing with them now, and said he is feeling good about the improvements he has seen in his game.

“I’ve been able to get some more playing time, some more at-bats,” said Pohl. “I’ve had some more consistency in my play, which has really helped my game out.”

Two days after speaking to The Cooperstown Crier, Pohl hit a three-run homer in the Snapper’s home game against Kane County. 

Last season, Pohl shared time behind the plate with Bruce Maxwell in Beloit. Maxwell has spent most of the season in Stockton with the Ports. In Wisconsin, Pohl splits the catcher duties with a younger athlete. Jose Chavez is a 19-year-old player who was drafted right from high school in Mexico.

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