It’s kind of crazy but my first Spring Training is pretty much over, and thankfully I am still here. These last three weeks have absolutely flown by. I’ve mentioned before how the days blurred together, but now that it’s over this seems even truer.
I arrived in Arizona February 20, and this honestly seems like it was a couple of days ago. The coaches and training staff definitely kept us very busy out here and made sure we were working hard and going about our business.
Friday, April 2nd, is officially the last day of Spring Training. We have an intrasquad game early in the morning and then all the players who are breaking camp with one of the affiliates are heading out for the respective cities. As for myself, I will be staying in Arizona for extended Spring Training.
I talked to my parents after finding out this news and they told me not to sound too disappointed and negative in my next blog entry. Well I can honestly say that while yes, I would have loved to have broken camp with Hickory and be on my way to North Carolina, I am not upset that I will be spending some extra time in Arizona.
I was told in Instructional League that I would probably start the season in Extended, but I worked hard in the offseason to make that decision difficult for the coaches, and I think I succeeded.
I had a strong showing in Spring Training but ultimately it came down to the fact that I have very little pitching experience, and I can’t really argue with that, so some time in Extended getting some innings and working on some things will definitely help me.
Spring Training was an amazing experience. It was definitely hectic at times, with over one hundred people in the same locker room and running from field to field doing drills, but it was a very organized craziness.
I met some great ballplayers and even better people and it’s a privilege to say I’m a professional baseball player and a member of the Texas Rangers organization. It was incredibly competitive and everyone that is heading to an affiliate earned it, and hopefully in a month or two I can join them.
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