October 2009

First Week In The Books

Whats going on AFL fans! It has been a little over a week since my last entry and a lot has happened here in Scottsdale since.  The Scorpions sit at 5-4 just one game out of first place.  It has been a great week, getting to know my new teammates better and feeling out the competition.  

We had our first off day in the fall league and a few of us decided to try our luck on the links.  We headed to North Scottsdale to play Troon North, which just might be the nicest course i’ve played.  Myself, Danny Moskos, Brian Friday, and Tuffy “Tiger Woods” Gosewisch had a good time, mostly all of us admiring Tuffy’s annoyingly good golf game…Tuffy isn’t allowed to play with us anymore!
In the past week I have also had two more outings, one being very good, the other being very bad.  I have also gotten to see my teammate’s abilities even more and what they bring to the table.  There is some very good talent here but i will tell you about a few who have impressed me the most:
Domonic Brown – If you were to mold an outfielder on a video game, I’m sure it would appear eerily similar to this guy.   When scouts talk about 5-tool players, Browny is exactly what they mean. 
Brandon Crawford – Even though we are in the same organization, and we swapped cars for the summer after being moved, I still hadn’t seen Brandon play much.  Folks, if you come out to an AFL game, make sure to get there early enough to see him take groundballs during pregame.  The guy turns BP into an all out And 1 Mixtape tour event on the infield…just call him the Professor.  I dont know if i’ve ever seen anyone field like this guy.
Donnie Veal – You can see why the Pirates snagged him in the rule 5 draft and hung on to him all year.  He throws one of the heavier fastballs from the left side i’ve seen.  Once polished, he has front of the rotation type stuff to pitch in this game a long time.
Thank you to everyone who left comments and questions.  
Trauts – I am a relief pitcher, I have been a closer at times during my professional career, but our big league team has one of the best in Brian Wilson.  I will be willing to help the big league club in any capacity whenever I do get that call.

Jim and Ruth – Thanks for the suppport! This fall league I look to focus on working on my weaknesses.  The main thing just being able to command my sinker, and to get ahead of hitters.  My strength has been my ability to get ground balls with my sinker.
Katy – To answer your question, not many pitchers arms or bodies feel great at this point of the year.  The fall league does present a good opportunity to build arm strength and see how your arm will react to playing over 162 games.  You learn about yourself as a pitcher when you have to get good hitters out and you don’t have your best stuff.
Mike – Great question, I would say the most important thing I have learned has been mental.  Just trusting my stuff and realizing I dont need to make my pitches better than they already are.  Early on I would try to do too much and that lead to control issues.
Tom- Great to hear from you, I hope Troy is doing well.  Thank you for the kind words, San Jose has been a great place to play, and its fans like you that make it that way! Tell everyone hello for me!
Thomas Neal should be here next week, so any questions you have for him, this is your chance…

AFL INTRO… Scorpions 2-0

Hello from Scottsdale, AZ! I’m Steven Edlefsen and I am excited to have been asked to give a little perspective on the Giants’ side of the Arizona Fall League. Hang with me, this is my first blogging experience. Ill try and keep it as interesting as possible. First off, and I think I speak for all of my teammates, I feel honored and blessed to be participating in this prestigious league. So many household names have participated in the AFL in it’s short history. Even though we are only two games into the season, I can tell you many of the players I have seen will be as well in the coming years.   The reality that many of us are exhausted from a long season and ready for a break to hunt, fish, golf or just plain relax almost goes completely away. It is so refreshing to see new faces, and the talents they bring to the table. With all of the major league uniforms mixed in, it almost does feel like an all star game everyday. 

I’ll start with a little background of myself.  I am originally from Bloomington, MN (yes we play baseball up there.) I spent the majority of my collegiate career as a shortstop.  I attended Barton County Community College in Kansas and played for the great Mike “Skip” Warren.  I was drafted after my freshman season by the Boston Red Sox but did not sign.  I had Tommy John Surgery my sophomore year and redshirted, then transferred to THE University of Nebraska.  I spent my first season there in the infield before also adding pitching my junior year.  The Giants then drafted me as a young and somewhat immature pitcher.  The last 2 1/2 seasons has been a learning experience spending time at nearly every stop in the Giants system.  I have learned a great deal during my short professional career, this last season being the most significant.  I look at this fall season as an opportunity to improve and learn even more while playing against the best competition the minor leagues’ has to offer.
So far the league has been a breath of fresh air, a relaxed atmosphere with guys looking to show they are ready for the big leagues. I’m writing this the morning after an extra inning win for the Scorpions, and we now sit at 2-0.  I got my first outing out of the way, snaking out a win, by throwing a scoreless 9th as we scored 2 in the 10th for a 3-1 victory.  
In the coming weeks I will try to have some of the other Giants here, giving their perspective on their experiences as well.  Send any questions you have for me or the other Giants and I will do my best to answer all of them.  
Talk Soon,