The final handful of games in the Arizona Fall League are approaching and for many of us, this marks the end of a long season. For others who have plans to play additional winter ball, it marks the end of one season and the beginning of another.
Regardless of what our record indicates when the season wraps up; I can guarantee that there has been tremendous growth and development among all players from the Javelinas as well as the entire Arizona Fall League.
During the offseason, you spend a great deal of time preparing for the 140 game regular season and whatever additional baseball you may have the opportunity to take part in.
As I look back, I feel a great sense of accomplishment in the fact that I have remained healthy for yet another year; albeit my journey over the course of the season wasn’t exactly how I had it planned out from spring training, I am happy how I remained on course and overcame the obstacles that stood in my way. Ultimately, I feel like I am a better player because of what I’ve been through.
Even though we have struggled as a team for the past couple of weeks, it’s important to focus on the positive things we have done as well as work on areas in which we have been lacking.
Coming out here as a pitcher with little experience as a reliever, I didn’t want to try to do too much and overwhelm myself. Instead, I focused mainly on two or three things which I thought would be influential going into next season.
I am happy to say that I feel like I have met my goals of improving slider command as well as controlling the running game, among other things. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement in the coming months. As we all know from experience, if you sit idle for too long you will be passed by before you know it.
And of course, it’s very important to have fun along the way; which I have tried to let you in on when I’ve had the opportunity. However, no one has gone as far as to put flexall or redhot in someones sliding shorts just yet; but there is still one week to go.