Tim Steggall's Blog to be Named Later (3/17)

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.

We are two weeks into Spring Training and the days have officially blurred together.

We have yet to have a day off, so we don't have the weekends as reference points. And since the pitchers throw every other day, there's really no point in actually knowing the exact day of the week.

It's a pretty common occurrence in the clubhouse to ask someone what day it is and then to argue about it until someone checks their cell phone. The only day I try to remember is Tuesday because that's the night I watch Lost.

But now things are starting to pick up and there is a pretty big reference point this week to help us remember what day it is – our first official game is Thursday and I, along with the rest of Group 2, throw my first live inning on Friday (Not to mention our first off day on Monday).

The last two weeks have been spent going over the fundamentals and team defenses to prepare us for our first games. We were split into our working groups sometime last week and the pitchers and position players are now organized into teams that we work out with every day.

I was placed on the Bakersfield team (sidenote - I doubt the teams we are placed on in the spring have any bearing on where we will actually be sent once the season breaks). The pitchers have been alternating throwing days with defense days for the last five days.

The latest two bullpen sessions have been a break from the norm as they have consisted of a tracking session and a session of live BP. The tracking session is simply a bullpen with a batter in the box who is "tracking" the pitches but is not swinging. The live BP session, on the other hand, is a little bit more exciting.

For most of the pitchers, this is the first time that they have faced hitters since the end of last season, so to say that we were looking forward to these would be a bit of an understatement.

While these sessions aren't quite exactly game like - I mean there is a giant L screen in front of the mound - it's nice to see how my stuff stacks up against hitters at the moment. After my live BP, let's say I'm happy with the way I am throwing at the moment, but there is still a ton of stuff I need to work on.

These next few weeks should be pretty exciting. We open up this weekend against the Royals and that is only the beginning. I can only imagine how hectic these next few weeks are going to be, but it will be nice to be back on the fields and playing some actual games.

Follow Tim on Twitter at @TGSteggall3!



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