The last week in the fall league has been a blast for the team. We have not played the best of the season, but are around 500 in the last 6 games. The fun part of the last week was going to watch the Rising Stars Game at our home field. A few of our teammates were on the team, so it was nice to see them show their skills in the the game. The game itself was a good game . . . it was 2-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. it had been a pitchers dual the whole game from strike outs to 101 mph fast balls. We had seen it all. In the bottom of the ninth it was 2-2 and our side hit a walk off to win the game 3-2. That is the way an all-star game should end.
Well it has been a few days since I have signed in and wrote what is on my mind. A lot has happened since I last got on and shared. If you have checked the standings lately we have risen to the top of our division and have been there for a few days now. It is early in the season still but we are playing well. I think last time I wrote we were 1-2 and not playing as a team. That has really turned around. We went on a three game winning streak, which always helps. We also won the game we played today in Phoenix. I have gone to all the ballparks now and have realized how lucky we are to play at the complex in Surprise. It really is a beautiful ball park that is set up very well.
The last few days have been unbelievable. The league is everything I thought it would be and more. I would like to start this entry by talking a little bit about the team and what a normal day in the life of an Arizona Fall League player is like.
With the start of the Fall League only six days away I thought it might be a good time to share a few of the things that are going through my mind before the start of the league, but first I will tell you a little bit about me.
My name is Jordan Swagerty. I am from Dallas, Texas and I was taken as a pitcher by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 2010 draft. For the last two years, I played baseball at Arizona State University. I was a draft eligible sophomore so I only had two years of college. During my time at ASU I learned many things that will help me in life and also gained knowledge about the game of baseball.
I think the AFL will be an experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life. It will be my professional debut. Just hearing that is exciting and a moment that I have waited for since I started playing baseball at the age of three. I am looking forward to playing with the top Minor League players around the league. This will be a challenge but one that I have prepared for. It is always an exciting time when you get to play with the top players. I know it will be a challenge but what a way to get your feet wet in professional baseball.
I will be playing for the Surprise Rafters, which uses the Rangers and Royals spring training complex. This is an exciting time and I can’t wait to get out there.