Oberg, who has a 0-1 record and 3.38 ERA coming into June, posted 33 saves last season for Class A Modesto.
Henry: How have you found Double A so far?
Oberg: It’s a little bit of a change. The hitters are more disciplined and take a better approach at the plate. They make you work harder than what I saw last year at Modesto.
Henry: What did you learn last year that helped you prepare for Double A?
Oberg: I learned how important it is to throw strikes. This year, guys aren’t swinging at pitches and I’m walking more people than I am used to walking. When you walk guys as a closer, you’re hurting yourself and the team.
Henry: What’s your mentality on the mound?
Oberg: I want to go right after the batter. I know I have guys in the field who are going to do their jobs. Our defense has been outstanding this year. I want to throw hard, throw strikes, and be aggressive. It’s fun to sit back and watch our defense do their jobs.
Henry: What’s going through your mind in the bullpen as you’re getting ready to enter the game?
Oberg: I always get some butterflies. When I come in the game, I know I’m going to be the last guy on the mound. I have a duty to my team to come in and get my job done. They’ve been fighting so hard and I want to do my job and finish the game. I don’t consider that pressure. If you take things one pitch at a time and trust the guys behind you, good things will happen.
Henry: When did you know you were going to be a closer?
Oberg: I was a closer my last year at Connecticut and the Rockies drafted me as a reliever. At Grand Junction, I was splitting time with another guy as the closer but I ended up being the closer at the end of the season. I didn’t know at Modesto until I was put in the situation. You never really know until the manager comes to you and says you’re the guy.
Henry: Was it an adjustment for you to become a closer?
Oberg: Yes and no. I pitched in almost every situation out of the bullpen at UConn. Whatever situation I was in and still am in, I just want to throw strikes and let the defense work for me.
Henry: What’s your go-to pitch?
Oberg: Definitely my fastball. When I can put it where I want, I know it’s going to be a quick night.
Henry: What are your goals for the rest of the season and beyond?
Oberg: I just want to help this team when as much as I can right now. We have a goal of winning the Texas League championship and I want to help that happen. I don’t want to get caught looking ahead and miss something in the present.