Greetings one final time everyone from the Arizona Fall League. †We have endured a long seven weeks of additional baseball, and we’re now faced with just 2 remaining games. †It has been a great experience for me to play in this league because of the stiff competition and valuable time to soak up more of this game. †Although I think most everyone is somewhat worn down from a combination of the regular season and the fall games, we are grateful to have the opportunity to participate in such a premier venue. †Following these last games, I will be headed back home to Texas where I will look forward to spending the Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends. †I am really excited about this because it has been 2-3 months since I have been able to see them. †I think one person looking forward to it more than myself would be my mother; so mom, I’ll see you soon!
Hello again everyone! †Drew here with you again for the last full week of play in the Arizona Fall League. †As we slide into the single digits of remaining games, I think everyone out here has the same intentions…finish strong. †It’s been a long month and a half for most of us, and this has definitely been the longest year of baseball in my life. †Starting up in spring training back in March, I’ve been at it for about 8 months with a few weeks of break scattered in there. †Although this league has really been a great experience for me, I can feel that the end is near. †Knowing this, I’ll just try to end the fall on a positive note and have a solid last week and a half out on the field. †
Greetings everyone! †Drew here again with another installment from the Arizona Fall League. †As many Americans had their sights set on electing a new president today, the Javelinas faced yet another game in our season. †We squared off with the Scottsdale Scorpions tonight and came up short in the win column as we dropped yet another game in our losing skid. †We have now not managed to pull out a game in the past week or so, and let me tell you, its getting frustrating for us. †Obviously, no one likes to lose, but when you drop that many games in a row, it really starts to wear on you. †We have a bunch of resilient guys though, and I’m sure we will bounce back soon with a good performance. †It has been quite a different feeling for us this past week since we now find ourselves a few games out of the divisional lead for the first time. †It will take a strong effort for us to regain our momentum, but I feel good about our chance of rebounding and finishing these last couple of weeks on a positive. †Sometimes in this game, things just don’t seem to go your way, and I think we are definitely experiencing this at the moment.
Hey, it’s Drew again for another segment from the Arizona Fall League. †I hope everyone has enjoyed our 2 guest bloggers from the Reds, Carlos Fisher and Chris Valaika. †These guys did a great job adding to my accounts thus far and provided some interesting information about themselves and their experiences out here. †Another week of games is in the books, and the Javelinas still find themselves at the top of the National division. †I realize that this league is meant for its talented participants to showcase their abilities, but it sure makes things a lot more enjoyable when your team wins ballgames. †There really is no substitute for playing a hard nine innings and coming out on top, and I feel lucky to be able to be apart of a team that is capable of doing this frequently. †
Hi everyone, this is Chris Valaika coming to you from the Arizona Fall League. A little about myself, I am a 23 year old shortstop from Santa Barbara, California. I was born in Santa Monica, moved to Valencia where I spent my childhood. There I was the oldest of 4 boys and a sister. Those were some interesting times growing up with that many people in one house. I then played my high school ball at Hart High School. Where my brother Patrick is currently the shortstop. After high school I was recruited to play at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Where ironically, my brother Matt is currently the shortstop. I guess we are a package deal. After my third year at UCSB I was fortunate enough to be drafted in the 3rd round by the Reds. Let me tell you that was an amazing day. To hear your name called over the internet and know that all the hard work you have put in has payed off and gave you an opportunity to play professional baseball, what a feeling. I am currently finished with my second full season of pro ball now and have played in some pretty amazing facilities such as Dayton and Chattanooga. I look forward to next year where I hope to get a chance to play in Louisville.
Hello once again everyone! †We’ve just completed our second week of games out here in Arizona, and our Javelinas team has been able to maintain our top spot in the division. †We have cooled off somewhat from our hot start, but we’ve managed to keep winning games when they are needed in order to hold our position. †Today, we squared off with the Peoria Saguaros in †a marathon game that lasted every bit of 4 hours. †I know that this game, which ended 18-11 in our favor, may pale up to the Mesa/Surprise game a few days ago that ended 28-1, but it was definitely a grind for us all. †It was one of those games that seemed to never end. The hitters found every possible opportunity to find holes for hits, and the pitchers found misfortune because of this. †There were also two scary moments during the game that lengthened the time even more. †Taylor Green of the Brewers was hit in the face with a pitch while hitting that resulted in a broken nose. †He seemed to be doing fine after the game, except for the swelling and pain in his face. †Stephan Gartrell of the White Sox dove for a ball in right field for the Saguaros, and I believe he separated his shoulder. †We Javelina players were not completely sure of the effects of his injury, but we knew it was not good as he exited the field on a cart. †Hopefully these guys get to feeling better soon!
Hello everyone this is Carlos Fisher coming to you from the Arizona Fall League, MILB has ask me to write a one time blog to let ever one out know I little about my self and my experience thus far in Arizona. Well to start of I’m playing for the Poeria Javelinas here in the fall league a team made up of players from the Yankees, Mariners, Rays, and lets not forget those Cincinnati Reds which is the organization that I play for. I was drafted in the 11th round out of Lewis&Clark State which is located in Lewiston ID.I spent this last season in Chattanooga AA and Louisville AAA had some up’s and down’s but I believe I turned in a pretty good year.
Duarte Ca, is where I have called home for all 25 years of my life it is a small city that is about 30 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles.It was at Duarte High that I was first introduced to pro ball being drafted by the Padres in the 15th round, I did not sign and choose the college road which if you ask me it was the right thing for me to do
Hello again, everyone! †This is Drew here, and I’m ready to †update you on the first week of games from the Arizona Fall League. †The Peoria Javelinas have gotten off to a nice start, winning three of the first five games. †We have gotten solid pitching and defense from our guys to complement some nice offensive sprees. †With the array of talent across the league, I feel that our team has done a nice job of capitalizing on opportunities, and that is why we have been able to be successful in our first week of games. †Several of our players have impressed me, but I think one guy that stands out so far has been Carlos Triunfel of the Seattle Mariners. †He has displayed some great offensive games as well as some nice plays in the field. †One thing that is extraordinary about Carlos is that he is only 18 years of age! †I can’t believe how mature he plays the game since most of us guys are between the ages of 21-26. †Obviously many other guys have done great things so far, but he is one that sticks out in my mind.