Minor Leagues

My first stop in the minor league journey was the GCL league in Sarasota, Florida where I started as a reliever. 

Getting into pro ball involved a lot of self-development but Rick Peterson helped me realize how to use my body sufficiently. Getting my timing was the key, so I continued to practice on the mound and after developing this I saw a jump in my velocity from 88 MPH to hitting 94 MPH. Withthis, alongside a weight lifting program, I started to put on weight and build more strength.

This got me promoted to the Aberdeen Ironbirds in Aberdeen, Maryland, where I was able to stay at home with my family, lthough this did mean a 40 minute drive every day. Here, I pitched 8 innings with a 0 ERA.

In 2013 I started the season with the Delmarva Shorebirds now as a starter in low-A. Here, I developed a change-up which eventually became a very important pitch in my arsenal.

Trade deadline, I found myself moving to another organization after being traded during my first full season. I went to the Houston Astros organization who sent me to the Quad Cities River Bandits and we went on to win the MidWest League. On this team we had an unreal amount of talent, and this is what pushed me to better myself in every way possible. 

2014 was a great year, as I started in High-A with the Lancaster Jethawks. It’s the different stories at each level you experience; it’s the journey. We lived in the desert of Lancaster, California with 5 teammates in a bright yellow house with not much else around. While I was here, May 14th became a very special night for us when we went on to throw a combined No-Hitter. 3 roommates, Osborne, Minor and myself making history. Keeping a 9-2 record with a 2.70 ERA, this earned me a promotion to Double-A. Corpus Christi Hooks.

My first stop in the minor league journey was the GCL league in Sarasota, Florida where I started as a reliever. 

Getting into pro ball involved a lot of self-development but Rick Peterson helped me realize how to use my body sufficiently. Getting my timing was the key, so I continued to practice on the mound and after developing this I saw a jump in my velocity from 88 MPH to hitting 94 MPH. Withthis, alongside a weight lifting program, I started to put on weight and build more strength.

This got me promoted to the Aberdeen Ironbirds in Aberdeen, Maryland, where I was able to stay at home with my family, lthough this did mean a 40 minute drive every day. Here, I pitched 8 innings with a 0 ERA.

In 2013 I started the season with the Delmarva Shorebirds now as a starter in low-A. Here, I developed a change-up which eventually became a very important pitch in my arsenal.

Trade deadline, I found myself moving to another organization after being traded during my first full season. I went to the Houston Astros organization who sent me to the Quad Cities River Bandits and we went on to win the MidWest League. On this team we had an unreal amount of talent, and this is what pushed me to better myself in every way possible. 

2014 was a great year, as I started in High-A with the Lancaster Jethawks. It’s the different stories at each level you experience; it’s the journey. We lived in the desert of Lancaster, California with 5 teammates in a bright yellow house with not much else around. While I was here, May 14th became a very special night for us when we went on to throw a combined No-Hitter. 3 roommates, Osborne, Minor and myself making history. Keeping a 9-2 record with a 2.70 ERA, this earned me a promotion to Double-A. Corpus Christi Hooks.

An Important Step – Double A

Double-A was the most important stage for me at the time. My fastball was good, but the guys at this level knew how to hit a fastball. For me to succeed I needed to have a put-away pitch & be able to throw my secondary for strikes. With a lot of failures in my first year of Double-A, I took it to the offseason to fine tune my pitches. 

Being able to command my secondary pitches in 2015 during Double-A helped my fastball play at a higher level, and this was down to Doug Brocail, who was my biggest mentor for me. He sculpted me as a pitcher, mentally and physically, and here, I maintained a 3.17 ERA. 

Double-A was the most important stage for me at the time. My fastball was good, but the guys at this level knew how to hit a fastball. For me to succeed I needed to have a put-away pitch & be able to throw my secondary for strikes. With a lot of failures in my first year of Double-A, I took it to the offseason to fine tune my pitches. 

Being able to command my secondary pitches in 2015 during Double-A helped my fastball play at a higher level, and this was down to Doug Brocail, who was my biggest mentor for me. He sculpted me as a pitcher, mentally and physically, and here, I maintained a 3.17 ERA. 

See the Fastball in action

Team USA

It was a great honor when I was asked to play for my country for team USA at the PanAm games in Toronto. I was wearing the USA across my chest representing the great nation as a reliever.

The most memorable and career-changing moment was a game we played against Cuba. I came in to close it out when we were up 5-2. This wasn’t a normal game, but the first time I’ve experienced how much passion other countries have for both the game and team. The fans were loud and I fed off of that as I was flooded with adrenaline on the mound.

Topping out at 98, I found myself throwing harder than I ever have and I went to strike out the side to finish the game. That experience was one I will never forget.

Traded to Milwaukee

June started to become a familiar month for me. Being traded once was a journey in itself, but then there were talks about being traded to a different team, and this turned out to be the most important step in my career

I was off to Biloxi, Mississippi to play for the Biloxi Shuckers and I realised I had the foundation set, but now I had to perfect everything to make it to the big leagues. Here, I finished strong in my second year of double-A with a 2.79 ERA.

2016 soon came and I started in double-A knowing what to expect as I pitched in 11 games with a 0.95 ERA, before getting a promotion to triple-A, Colorado Springs Skysox. This league was known to be a hitter-friendly league, and this turned out to be the biggest test for me mentally. Me giving up runs was going to happen, but the process of each level helped me grow in different ways. 

One year later and I was back in Colorado Springs where I went from being a starter to an opener. This involved starting the game, but only throwing two innings, which I did for a couple of months.

On June 8th I found myself in my normal pre-game routine, watching a hunting show, but our manager Rick Sweet wanted to have a meeting, and this was a meeting I’ll never forget. This was a meeting where all my dreams came true.

I got my call to the big leagues.