Canadian Pitcher Look Forward to First Full Year in Pro Baseball

By on May 23, 2017


Bradenton, Fla.—At age 19 Dundas, Ont. hurler Austin Shields is looking towards his first full year in professional baseball.

     “It feels a lot better getting to do it and getting used to it,” said Shields of his first full spring training, “MY routine is working.  I expected it to be a little more tough I guess but still like with the games facing the hitters they are more particular with what pitches they want to hit.  The hitters have more power so I have to locate my pitches better.”

     In other wards it’s a bit better than you faced while you were with the Canadian National Junior team?

     “A lot better,” said Shields who played for the national team in 2014 and 2015.

     As to where Shields expects to be playing in 2017 he said, “I expect to be in Bristol but whatever happens, happens.  I’ll just do what I can and start going up from there.”

     In 2016 Shields was a 33rd round pick of the Pirates in the June Draft going 0-0 with a 8.53 era with the Gulf Coast League Pirates.

Austin Shields Get Advice from Coach Tom Filer (Former Blue Jay) (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

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