Garrett Harris has been patiently waiting to learn when baseball will resume. The Anderson-Shiro High School graduate has been training six days a week so that he is prepared for when the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball season begins.
The 26-year-old pitcher will be playing his first year for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The border between the United State and Canada is closed to nonessential travel until June 21. According to the American Association’s online site, league officials are hoping for an early July opening.
Harris has been training at an area facility where other professionals, including from the independent Frontier League, work out.
“It’s been going really good,” the 6-foot-3 righthander said. “I’m ready to go.” He has been throwing bullpen sessions, usually 40 pitches, and once a week throws to minor-league hitters.
LeTourneau University catcher Jaggar Vaughn had been throwing and hitting four to five times a week with former Iola teammate Cody Ozbolt, who pitches for Southwestern Christian University, after the spring season was shut down. They haven’t practiced as much the past few weeks since they each started jobs. Vaughn said he isn’t sure about playing summer ball, even as some college coaches are communicating with summer league officials to determine their plans.
The catcher played for the Dynasty club in Kingwood during previous summers. “I’m fairly young. I could potentially play 18U (under),” he said.
He said LeTourneau’s primary catcher during the spring was a senior and that he’s not sure that teammate will return for the year of eligibility granted to replace the one lost from the pandemic. He expects two other catchers to return with him, one he said is in the same class and one above.
“We’ll be young at the catcher position,” he said. “I think I’ll be more prepared.” Vaughn started four games as a des ignated hitter, pinch hit in one game and was a defensive replacement at catcher in another.
He hit .188 with two runs batted in and had his lone multi-hit effort against Millsaps, when he singled twice and drove home one run in four at-bats.
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