• First Half Review - Minor League Ball Can Be Crazy Sometimes

    Sorry it has taken me so long to get back on here folks, but I’ll give you my latest news here. Here is a review of the first half. It has been quite a whirlwind.

    I arrived in Florida with my wife in early January, so I have been doing Twins related activities for a while now. The first change of plans occurred when I found I would be heading to Cedar Rapids to start the season. I was sent down the last week of Spring Training and began to prepare for the trip back up north. In the few days following I got to play with Byron Buxton, which was a treat. The way he goes about his business is impressive and his tool set is off the charts. He is an exciting player to be around.

    I like to say my first promotion was when the trucks were loading up to go to their respective cities. We ship a lot of our items to the cities, so that air travel is less hectic. I was told to take my stuff out of the Cedar Rapids pile because I could be staying in Florida. This was confirmed later in the day. I had been sent down and promoted within a week, minor league baseball can be crazy sometimes.



    A 12 game win streak, a 24-4 record and a few Sano bombs later and I was heading to Portland, Maine to join New Britain. This was obviously unexpected when the season started, but was a very exciting opportunity. I played a night game in Fort Myers and played the next day at noon in Maine. I arrived in the clubhouse about an hour before the game to find out the pitcher we were facing threw 59-66 MPH. I knew AA would be different, but had they checked their radar gun lately? Charlie Haeger was on the mound-the first predominantly knuckleball pitcher I had ever faced.

    My dad had been visiting in Florida so he decided to drive my car up the coast (roughly 24 hours) and made it for my second AA game. His reasoning, “this is exciting, this kind of stuff doesn’t happen very often.” Once again, minor league baseball is crazy at times.

    My wife finished her travel nursing assignment and joined me a few weeks later with our dog. A couple of weeks after that, more friends from Fort Myers joined the Rock Cats. While I haven’t gotten off the best AA start, it has been quite the journey. Sometimes in baseball you have to expect the unexpected.

    It has been fun getting the chance to play with guys who have been in the big leagues. We faced a pitcher early on, who got his debut a few weeks later. It makes the “Show” seem a lot more attainable.

    I have seen three knuckleballers, numerous top prospects and some great stadiums. We just got back from Altoona, where a rollercoaster sits beyond right field.

    Some more highlights have been seeing the hardest ball ever hit (a few nights ago off the bat of Sano) and getting two baseball cards in one season (got promoted at just the right time).

    I hope to get back on here more often in the coming weeks and look forward to interacting with the Twins Daily community more!

    Follow me on Twitter @apettersen1 or email me at [email protected]. I welcome any and all questions or comments!
    This article was originally published in blog: First Half Review - Minor League Ball Can Be Crazy Sometimes started by AJPettersen
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Thanks for the update A.J. Good luck on the rest of the season!
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Great update, A.J.
      Which one was the hardest ball hit a few nights ago? I was there for his 2-HR game, and the single was hit so, so hard, as well.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Great stuff sir. Love hearing your accounts! What would you say, from a hitting perspective, has been the biggest adjustment from Single-A to Double-A?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Your blog is much appreciated... Thank You.
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      I was referring to the second home run. It was loud!

      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Fan From Afar View Post
      Great update, A.J.
      Which one was the hardest ball hit a few nights ago? I was there for his 2-HR game, and the single was hit so, so hard, as well.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Thanks A.J., moving up to AA had to be exciting!

      Glad to see that you kept Paul busy traveling America.
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      I can't think of a better way to spend one's youth than pursuing the baseball career.

      I'm sure the reality is less glamorous than we think, but it beats the heck out of working at a fast food or a big box, or any of the jobs I held in my early 20s.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Congrats on your upwardly-mobile, crazy season. And thanks for taking the time to let us know how it is going -- always enjoy your posts.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      AJ, get a really good compact camera. Some of your pics might be quite memorable.

      Good luck with the Cats.
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      The pitchers throw more strikes in the corners of the zone and have a little better offspeed. It's fun to play here, very talented guys, a lot of really good baseball players.

      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Great stuff sir. Love hearing your accounts! What would you say, from a hitting perspective, has been the biggest adjustment from Single-A to Double-A?
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      Haha, he enjoyed it. I'm glad he could be a part of the exciting experience!

      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      Thanks A.J., moving up to AA had to be exciting!

      Glad to see that you kept Paul busy traveling America.
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      Thanks! I appreciate that you take the time to read them!

      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Congrats on your upwardly-mobile, crazy season. And thanks for taking the time to let us know how it is going -- always enjoy your posts.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Let me join others here congratulating you on your fine season and multiple promotions...I am sure life has been hectic when promotions come...but each step brings you closer to Target Field...
    1. Han Joelo's Avatar
      Han Joelo -
      Fun stuff A.J. I hope in twenty years I am driving twenty-four hours to see my son play minor league baseball. How cool.
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