It can be easy to fall in love with radar gun readings.
But Missoula Osprey All-Stars Justin Garcia and Marcos Tineo proved in the first half of this season that control matters just as much as velocity.
“Here, a located fastball plays,” said Missoula pitching coach Shane Loux. “Guys can hit any speed, so guys that ...
By ANDREW HOUGHTON
For ESPN MISSOULA
The Philadelphia Phillies opened the 2001 season on April 2 in Miami against the Marlins.
For most of the roster, it was a welcome chance to start the season away from the icy spring in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where temperatures were hovering in the 40s.
For 29-year-old rookie reliever Eddie Oropesa, it was the biggest stroke of luck on his winding, nearly decade-long journey to the majors.
For college baseball
players coming into the minor leagues, the biggest change isn't the paycheck - it's the schedule.
Whereas college teams usually play weekend series - Friday, Saturday, Sunday - to mesh with an academic schedule, an off day is a rare luxury in a professional schedule.
The transition is even more diffic...
Smarter running has been key to improving the Missoula Osprey's on-base success for the 2018 campaign.
After stealing just 47 bases in 2017 - second-to-last in the Pioneer League - Missoula is already well ahead of pace with 20 steals in 27 games, just over a third of the way into the season.
More importantly, Osprey ...
Editor’s note: ESPN Missoula, the official radio station of the Missoula Osprey, will be producing features throughout this summer to help the Missoula community get to know the ins and outs of the Osprey roster and of Pioneer League Baseball
On the bus, at the hotel, at home.
If Missoula Osprey outfielder ...
Weather pending, tonight marks the home opener of the 2018 Missoula Osprey season.
Yes, we know - you listen to 102.9 ESPN because you're obsessed with local sports, and you know everything there is to know about the Osprey. But we'd like to think that somewhere out there is a listener who either doesn't appreciate a good ...
season has officially arrived, and to celebrate your friends at 102.9 ESPN Missoula are sending one local listener a FREE trip for two to Arizona to see the Diamondbacks play!
And we're not talking just a single game - we're talking BACK TO BACK nights of pro baseball
action, with airfare and hotel accommodations on ...