PHILADELPHIA – After being selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, former University of Pennsylvania right-handed pitcher Vince Voiro has equipped himself well in two years of professional baseball.
In a year of pitching in the Arizona Rookie League and a year with the Single-A Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League, Voiro has posted an overall record of 8-7, with a 3.65 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 138.0 innings pitched.
Voiro recently took time to answer a few questions about what he is doing now, and his experience as a student-athlete at Penn.
What are you doing now before the season begins?
Currently working part-time in an internship on campus with a finance division of the university and getting ready for Spring Training in Arizona, which begins during the first week of March.
Talk about the transition from college baseball to pro baseball.
It’s different in that you are thrown into the loop with guys you don’t know. You really have to concentrate and focus and not get caught up with the idea of, ‘I’m playing professional baseball now.’ Also, you can’t get away with mistakes in playing the game. You were able to get away with a few mistakes in college, but now I have to really work on minimizing mistakes pitching.
How did your time at Penn help with the transition?
The academic rigors and balancing school work and baseball at Penn helped prepare me for the ‘grind’ of professional baseball. It also prepared me to be able to focus and concentrate on what I need to work on. The flip-side is that school work is no longer there to be a distraction if I have a bad day in baseball.
I also had the opportunity to play summer baseball for three years, in Quakertown, Pa. after freshman year and in Woodstock, Va. after sophomore and junior year, which helped in the transition. Those opportunities were set up through the coaches at Penn, and it helps you get comfortable being thrown into the loop with guys you don’t know from different conferences and levels of baseball.
Best baseball memory from Penn?
Playing in the final of the Liberty Bell Classic my senior year at Citizens Bank Park. It was a weekday game so I didn’t pitch, but just being there on the field and in the dugout and getting to experience that was really great.
Advice you would pass on to Penn players?
Baseball was a crucial part of my school experience at Penn. The guys on the team were, and still are my good friends. Take advantage of the experience and enjoy your time at school and in the baseball program.
Best city you’ve been to in professional baseball so far?
That’s a tough one… Lansing, Michigan. Most minor league teams are in small towns, but Lansing is a bigger city with really good crowds, which makes it fun to play there.