FORT MYERS, Fla. — Cheers and applause stuffed the air at Hammond Stadium this night because the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels rolled out the ‘purple’ carpet for enthusiasts to get a have a look at the 2022 staff.
“We have some higher draft picks and prospect-level players who we are really excited to work with and see how they develop in their first full season of affiliated ball,” stated second-year supervisor Brian Meyer.
As Meyer stated, lots of the ones taking the sphere this 12 months is not just new to the Mussels however new to professional baseball, like 2021 second spherical draft select Steve Hajjar.
“It’s awesome!” stated the new Mussels pitcher. “It’s been my lifelong dream to be a professional baseball player. Now I get to make it a reality in the next couple of days.”
Another this is simply getting their first style of professional ball in 2022 is a man that went thirty sixth general to the Twins in ultimate 12 months’s draft in shortstop Noah Miller.
“It is a different feeling strictly because I’m just out of high school playing in front of 25 people. Now, I mean, the stands will hopefully be full,” stated Miller.
Of direction, even at 19-years-old, Miller has an concept of what to anticipate all over his first season within the execs.
“A grind,” stated Miller. “It’s going to be hard.”
Miller is aware of this as a result of baseball runs in his circle of relatives.
His older brother, Owen, is a shortstop for the Cleveland Guardians.
One day, quickly, Noah hopes to sign up for his giant brother within the giant leagues.
“He’s probably been my biggest hitting coach and biggest coach with everything,” stated Miller. “I have some pretty big shoes to fill so I hope it’s everything he told me it was.”
That adventure for Miller and the remainder of the Mighty Mussels starts Friday with their first recreation at the highway at Clearwater.
Tuesday, the Mussels start a six-game homestand with their house opener at 7:00 p.m.