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April 18, 2013

Pohl talks about pro-ball experience

CCS grad starts in Beloit, back in Arizona

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Maxwell, who is also 22, was drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft from Birmingham Southern. He has been the Snappers’ starting catcher with Pohl filling in every three or four days. Maxwell, a left-handed hitter, is the DH when Pohl catches. Pohl batted .250 in his first three games.

Pohl said that he does have some dreams about returning to the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York Penn League. He played there for three games after being drafted before moving on to the Arizona Rookie League.

“Playing in Vermont was really cool since it was so close to home,” Pohl said. “Obviously my long-term goal is not to play with Beloit or Vermont, but to play in Oakland.

“The thing is, you never know where you are going to end up for the season,” he continued. “Wherever they have an opening is where you go.”

A few days after saying those words, Pohl proved to be a prophet. Catcher Nick Rickles, a 14th round selection in the 2011 draft from Stetson College, was sent down to Beloit from Class AA Midland. To make room for Rickles, Pohl was sent back to Arizona to catch in extended spring training.

Major league players who are late signees or start the season on the disabled list often end up staying for extended spring training. For a catcher, extended spring training can be considered a compliment, as Pohl will work with pitchers from the A’s and their other minor league teams. Pohl could stay there for the spring, get another assignment or be back in Beloit in a matter of days.

“It is all part of the experience,” Pohl said. “I wake up and every day this is my job.”

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