TCU baseball players reflect on summer league experience

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Multiple TCU baseball players competed in different leagues across the country this summer in order to get more experience for the upcoming season.

The TCU coaches helped the players join a league that was best suited for their skills and abilities. As soon as the Horned Frog baseball season was done, these players flew to wherever the summer league was being played.

Zack Plunkett, a sophomore catcher, played in the Alaska Baseball League.

“We would go workout, go get lunch and then go to the field and hang out at the field all day usually,” Plunkett said.

Plunkett batted .133 with the National Division-winning Matsu Miners in 33 at-bats in 10 games.

Connor Wanhanen, a TCU outfielder, batted .208 with the Miners.

Elliot Barzilli, a junior infielder, spent his summer playing in the Northwoods League on the Duluth Huskies team based in Minnesota.

“It was a really tough league because we only had four off-days all summer,” Barzilli said. “We were playing games everyday.”

Barzilli batted .220 with one home run in the regular season for the Huskies but caught fire in the playoffs with a .500 average.

These players joined leagues that played about 50 games in two months.

The players were also given a fitness program they needed to follow while participating in these leagues.

Some players opted to stay on campus over the summer in order to take classes. These players participated in workouts with the team’s training coach while on campus.

When the full team returns to TCU’s campus in the fall, they all participate in team workouts.

“When we get back, we get pretty quickly back into workouts,” Plunkett said.

The team will continue to train until the season starts in 2016.