half way

We are now almost a month into the fall league and I have had 5 outings with 1
save. My mechanics have improved & my trainer has me working on new training,
stretching and workout techniques for my arm which I have found to be very
effective when I pitch. My arm is feeling good & I'm getting stronger & more
polished as time progresses. I'm confident in what I can do as a pitcher,
especially when I'm feeling 100%.
As a team we have learned to play well together and our moral is high. I feel
very blessed to play with and against all these talented players. Its been an
invaluable experience.

let the games begin

Our team just wrapped up our first week of practice, its still hot out here in Arizona but glad it is not the middle of July!  During the first week, the pitchers had to get game-ready and to catch us up to speed, we have been throwing bullpen sessions and having live batting practice against the hitters.  This has helped us work on our pitches and get to where we were during the end of the regular season.  The position players have worked on defensive drills.  This past week we have all given 110% and feel confident for tomorrows fall league opener. Everyone is very excited to finally play in a game again.  I will keep you posted on the outcome of our next few games.  Until next time….

Arizona: familiar place; new experience

My name is Matt Nevarez and I play for the Houston Astros organization.  I began my career with the Texas Rangers in 2005 and was acquired via trade last August.  I spent a lot of time out in Arizona the first half of my career rehabbing due to injuries so now I am very excited to get the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League.  I have had many other teammates who have been given the chance to play in this league and I am happy that I am now getting my chance to experience it as well.  I was sent here to work on mechanical issues I had struggled with this past season.  I am hoping to work those problems out and get back to pitching strong.  It’s going to be a great experience for me to play with other guys from different organizations.  I will keep you informed on how it all plays out!  Tomorrow is the first day of workout so I am sure getting to meet the guys will be good!