Tim Steggall's Blog to be Named Later (2/4)

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.

First I would just like to say thanks to all of you who are now following me on Twitter; its nice to know that I have some true friends out there that (pretend to) care about me. The Internet really is a great place to form relationships.

My first offseason has been an experience. For the first time since high school I am living in Vacaville for an extended period of time while also trying to teach myself a new position, both of which present their own unique obstacles.

Signing with the Rangers happened very fast for me and up until the day I signed I had plans of returning to UTA. Needless to say this didn't happen and I ended up in Arizona for the end of the AZL and Instructional League. I guess I should have consulted a calendar during all of this because I was under the impression that the break between Instructs and Spring Training was just going to be a glorified Christmas break.

Whoa, was I wrong. For the first time in my life I haven't had school or organized baseball to keep me busy, and to top it off most of my friends are away at school. Let's just say I have spent many hours reading, watching TV, and playing video games to try and ease the boredom of the last 5 months. However this hasn't been all that bad as I have had a chance to spend some great quality time with my family, which I haven't been able to do since I left for college.

The baseball part of the off-season has had its ups and downs. I've been working out hard to make sure I'm in the best shape I can be in for the season, but until I get to Arizona I really won't know if I've done enough, but getting the chance to work out at Gold's Gym has really been worth it.

What makes this process trickier is the conversion from shortstop to the mound. After playing a position for my entire life I felt like I had a good grasp of my swing and the drills I needed to do to prepare myself for the season. Now, I'm working hard to clean up mechanics that are brand new to me and get in the right mindset to pitch. Some days I feel like I'm making huge strides and other days I feel like I haven't learned a thing, but part of getting better is pushing through those bad days.

Honestly this off-season hasn't been too exciting but I've been working hard to get ready for Spring Training. Next off-season I'm definitely going to try and get a job (if anyone will take me) and I will probably take some classes online to keep me busy.

But, like they say practice makes perfect, or learn from your mistakes, or something like that, so hopefully next year I will have a better gameplan for how to waste my time during the offseason when I'm not working out.

Follow Tim on Twitter at @TGSteggall3!

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