Editor's Note: This is a first in a series of interviews with some of the top minor league talent in baseball by CLNS Radio MLB Correspondent Rob Willer.Ethan M. Chapman Bats: Left, Throws: Right Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb. Born: January 5, 1990 in Upland, California, US (Age 23) High School: Upland Christian HS (Upland, CA) School: California State University San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA) Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from California State University San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA). Ethan Chapman Interview 1) Ethan since your from California, How much of a difference is Lexington, Kentucky to sunny California? Living in Lexington is great! I enjoy the town and the facility. The fans are great and I am having a great time. But of course I miss my home town in California. 2) Where do you see yourself at the end of year, Double A? Triple A? I hope to have a successful season here in Lexington personally and as a team. Of course everyone hopes they can move up, but my goal is to get better everyday and hopefully help my team be better. 3) How did you feel when you heard that the Royals drafted you? When I was drafted it was a dream come true! So many emotions running through me. It was a call I waiting my entire life for! I will never forget that day. It's a day that me and my family will cherish forever. Not many people get to hear their name called on Draft day, I am blessed to be apart of it. 4) What it was like to get your first steal? Do you do anything with your gloves like Willie Mays Hayes from Major League? I actually don't remember my first pro steal, it's just one of those things you have to go for. Of course there is fear and anxiety but you have to trust your ability and GO! As far as my glove, no I don't do anything crazy like that, but before every inning when I go to my position I put my glove on my hand I hold it to my face, smell the leather to remember why I play this game and then I'm ready to go. 5) How do you deal with the responsibility of being only 23 in the minor leagues? They treat us like adults out here and being raised by good parents I am able to handle myself and my business like an adult. I am really proud of some of my teammates who are as young as 17 handle it. I have tremendous respect for them. 6) Do you like the direction the Royals are going in? (1st place in the AL Central and for some writers, a sleeper team). Yes, our management and executives have done a great job in the draft and promoting young guys and they really want to win championships. I am really blessed to be in this great organization. Expect some great things from the Kansas City Royals. 7) What's the biggest difference from college baseball to the minor leagues? Have you had to adjust parts of your game as the talent has increased? For me the biggest difference from college to pro ball is playing everyday. It's a real grind, you have to take care of your body by working out hard and eating right. I am always trying to adjust and get better. They always say baseball is a game of adjustments and we have to make them everyday!
Its been a pleasure to talk to you Ethan, from all of us at CLNSRadio.com we wish you great success this season.