Its the start of week two in the arizona fall league and the rafters sit at 2-3, 1 game off the pace. It was very exciting to get underway and finally play some games. I played only twice this week and recorded 8 at bats with one hit. The fall league is a very different experience for a lot of us players. As many of you know there are a lot of great players out here. This league has a reputation of bringing in players that should be future big leaguers as early as next year. There are at least 2 guys at every position on each team, so playing time isn’t as it is during the season. The players here are all used to playing every day during the year, but it’s just not possible here. Playing every other day or so is quite common, so it is a little bit more of a relaxed atmosphere for the players. It also allows for guys to really bear down on things they need to work on during the days they are not playing. It’s hard to really get after it when you know you are playing that day, so the time off in between might as well be used for stuff that each individual needs to work on.
I spend a lot of my extra time in the cage continuing to fine tune my swing, and even more time at first base working on my footwork. The swing is always a work in progress and often, after time off, it tends to leave you for a bit. Many players have certain drills they like to do to lock themselves back in. Defensive work is the same way, it requires a certain rhythm and repetition to get it locked in as well.
As for the rafters, we had a decent first week. We finished the week with a 2-3 record. After a slow start and a couple losses to the javelinas, we finally got in the win column with an exciting 8-7 walkoff win over scottsdale. We came back in the 8th to take the lead and came back to tie it again in the 9th before eventually winning in the 10th. After a high scoring affair, we were able to close the week with a 2-1 vicotry led by a stellar effort from our pitching staff. We will start the new week in Peoria as we look to put up a few more W’s this week.
As always, its a pleasure reporting to you from Surprise, AZ. Any questions i’d be glad to answer.