Howdy everyone this is Brad Furnish of the St. Louis Cardinals currently playing for the Peoria Saguaros in the AFL. I’ll get started by giving you some background information about myself. I was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and I am currently 23 years old. I graduated from Allen High School in Allen, Texas, a suburb north of Dallas. I received a scholarship to the University of Nebraska, after one year I transferred to Texas Christian University and spent two years playing for the Horned Frogs. While in college I was fortunate enough to spend my summers playing for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod Baseball League. I was also fortunate enough to win two conference championships and participate in two regionals while at TCU.
I was drafted as a left handed pitcher by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 draft and I have played at four levels since joining the organization, most recently with the Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League. One of the biggest highlights for me since joining the Cardinals was being able to throw the first pitch in the history of the State College Spikes, which was our short season A affiliate in 2006. That was a great start to my professional career and I am hoping for more great things to come.
I am really excited to have the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League. I had heard great things about this league and it has definitely lived up to the hype and then some. I was told to use this as an opportunity to not only to face some of the best competition in baseball but also use it as a time period to make some adjustments and learn more about the game. With that being said I am currently working on making some mechanical adjustments within my pitching motion. The goal is to make the movements a little more quiet and smooth. I have been able to connect with the coaches out here and their insights are allowing for the transition to come along quickly.
We have been playing for a little over four weeks now and I am really impressed with how our team has come together. We have been playing real well and hopefully we have a chance to play for the championship. It is always exciting to have something to play for, especially when you are playing with players as talented as the ones out here.