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home : sports : sports   April 29, 2016

6/7/2014 1:17:00 AM
Baseball: Play to Learn

Los Angeles Angels prospect Michael Hermosillo (No. 28) gets ready to take a pitch during extended spring training. Hermosillo is taking full advantage of being able to learn his craft day in and day out.Submitted photo
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Los Angeles Angels prospect Michael Hermosillo (No. 28) gets ready to take a pitch during extended spring training. Hermosillo is taking full advantage of being able to learn his craft day in and day out.
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Michael Hermosillo

This is part of a season-long series in which Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect and Ottawa graduate Michael Hermosillo chronicles his experiences in professional baseball.

It’s the half way point of the season and it’s been awhile since I last wrote.

There have definitely been a lot of ups and downs so far this season, but that comes with playing this game. You learn a lot playing this game every single day which is something that I wish all young guys could experience.

I feel like that’s why players in warm states are more advanced at baseball compared to players in the colder states. The more games you play, the more advanced at baseball you become — something I couldn’t do being in Illinois. So playing and practice Monday through Saturday week after week has definitely improved my game drastically.

Being in extended spring training can be tough, though. We wake up at 5 every morning to get to the field and be ready to go by 7 a.m..

Normally when you are at an affiliate (from Low A to the MLB) your day doesn’t start till about noon because games are not over until 6 or 7 p.m..

Everyone’s goal is to get out of extended as soon as possible to be on an affiliate team playing everyday in front of fans. Low A would be great to get to as soon as possible because our Burlington team plays both the Peoria Chiefs and Kane County Cougars.

It would be great to be able to get back closer to Ottawa to play a couple games. Our organization likes to keep younger guys in extended, so people like myself 19-years old and younger usually go through at least one full extended spring training.

I just finished extended spring training Thursday.

From here, I’ll either go through the Arizona League again since I missed most of it last year or I’ll get the opportunity to go up to another rookie ball team in Orem, Utah.

It honestly just depends on the draft. The biggest difference with the two teams is the team in Utah has actually road trips to Montana and Colorado, where as the Arizona league stays within an hour bus ride.

I’ll be happy with whatever opportunity I’m given and I’ll look to make the most of it.

I had some cool experiences being in extended.

I was able to meet Josh Hamilton and David Freese when they came to Tempe to rehab. They are two great guys. It’s cool to meet big leaguers with so many accomplishments but it’s even better to see them go about their business.

There are so many things you can learn from guys like that just by watching them. Just as an example, maybe watch Josh Hamilton’s routine in the cage or see how David Freese goes about his defensive work.

There are so many little things you can pick up on. Those are the type of things that you try and apply to your game.

Another awesome experience was being able to play against Manny Ramirez.
I would have never thought I would have been on the same field as Manny Ramirez as I watched him growing up. It’s just kind of crazy to think about. You never expect to go up against people like that.

Overall it’s been a great first couple months of the year and I’m really anxious to start the second half. I’m looking to make a big impact these next couple months wherever I am.

All I can do is play hard and trust in my abilities and the rest will take care of itself.

If anyone has any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Hope everyone back home is doing great. It’s weird to think just last year I was getting drafted.

Last year at this time, I thought id be playing football right now.

Crazy how things change.

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