Handrahan, Vern Springfield (Missouri) Leader and Press 14 Apr 1964 Tue Page 12
Handrahan Top A's Prospect KANSAS CITY (AP) Vern Handrkhan. handsome vnuno- Canadian who ceeps In top con- aiuon D walking, is termed by Kansas City Manager Ed Lopat "our best ookie Ditcher ar Ih moment.": Thai 2S.vAar.nM riolilKn f ora Charlottetown. P.E.I.. alH "Control Is the most important mini ana vou ern't have enn. trol' without beine in to rnnrll. tion. - , "I like to walk. During the 'hristmai oeriod I walkoH about 18 hours a . dav for 12 days delivering mail for the Post Office. The rest of the winter I averaged about 10 miles a day." Handrahan's SDrintr rernrrl !a deceiving. In 13 1-3 inninsa ho has given up 14 earned runs. But i! 01 loose runs came in his first game against Pittsburgh. "That was the first time I had faced major league hitters and I was nervous," Handrahan said. "I was just pressing too much. Since then he has been tough in every outing.-"His best game was April against Detroit," Lopat said "He looked real good shut 'em out the first five innings." Tom Ferrick, pitching coach tor the A s, said Handrahan "has good command of his stuff. His last ball is alive but not overpowering, riis curv is preK ty good, but bis strong point is control. "Vern absorbs our Instructions real well," Ferrick went on. "We tell him how to pitch to the various batters, he listens and he executes. He'll always have to do this to win in the major and he knows it. His attitude U good." Both Lopat and Ferrick Indicated Handrahan bad good chance to stick with the club. The rookie said "I think my chances are pretty good the way things have been going. Handrahan Said he was an outfielder until the age of 14 or 15. 'Then one dav we had 18 nlavers to divide ud and only one was pitcher," Vern said. "l was nominated ana went mi the way." He was siensd bv Milwaukee. The A's drafted him from Boise in 1462. . After i 4-1 record and 3.56 earned run mark last , year at foruana, tie was outstanding in th winter inatrtietinnal leaeue for the A's at Brsdenton, with a t-3 record and 2.30 ERA.