Tim Steggall's Blog to be Named Later (1/20)

College shortstop-turned-professional pitcher Tim Steggall is about to embark on his first season with the Texas Rangers' organization. Throughout the year, Steggall will chronicle his experiences as a minor league baseball player in this journal.

Hello everyone. My name is Tim Steggall and I am the unlucky guy that Jason Cole asked to take over this seemingly cursed blog. Neither Chris Dennis nor Tim Smith, the previous two contributors to this blog are still with the Rangers organization but here is to hoping I break that streak and last through the season.

A little background info on myself; I am from Vacaville, California, which is about halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, and is about 6 hours north of LA. To all you out-of-staters, no I do not surf, I don't live on a beach, and I've never met a celebrity nor have I ever even seen one, but yes, the weather is as amazing as everyone says.

My path to professional baseball wasn't the most direct route as I played at three schools and almost every level of college baseball on the way. I graduated from Justin-Siena High School in Napa, California, in Spring 2006 and with no scholarship offers. I decided to attend the University of Puget Sound, a small Division-III liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington. I had a good season playing shortstop at UPS and decided it was in my best interest, baseball-wise, to transfer to Central Arizona College. After having a strong season, and with the team finishing 3rd in the Junior College World Series I received a scholarship to the University of a Texas at Arlington. I played one season at UTA as the starting shortstop before being signed by the Texas Rangers in the summer of 2009 – as a pitcher.

Now I don't want to be misunderstood, I have no problems switching to pitching, even this late in the game. I learned a long time ago (actually 3 years ago, but it seems like an eternity ago) that the path to get to where you need to be may not always be straight and easy, but it will eventually take you to where you need to be. So I have no problems converting to pitching, I see it as an exciting new challenge and a chance to play professional baseball – I'm not complaining.

Like I mentioned, not the most direct route but I wouldn't change it for the world. I have met some amazing people, made some great friends, played with a ton of different teammates and for some great coaches. Now I have an opportunity to play professional baseball with a great organization and with some of the best players in the entire minor leagues. And if it doesn't work out at least I got a shot.

After I'm done with baseball I'm planning on finishing my degree and attending law school. I was scheduled to take the LSAT's in October of this year in Texas, but thankfully I was in Arizona for Instructional League. This offseason I have spent a ton of time thinking about this upcoming season and trying to prepare myself both mentally and physically. Training as a pitcher is much different than training as a postion player that's for sure.

That's a little bit about myself. I'm going to try and focus this blog on the life a minor league player, and the transition from playing a position to pitching, but if anyone has any questions or comments feel free to ask me on Twitter or post on the message boards and I will try to answer them as quickly and as best as I can.

Follow Tim on Twitter at @TGSteggall3!

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