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.