Matt was invited by the Pirates to attend the Fall Instructional League in Florida which allowed him an opportunity to work one on one with Pirates coordinators to improve his game. After the Fall Instructional League season Matt took what he described as a 'much needed break' by taking a trip to San Francisco to visit his Aunt, followed by a trip to Ontario to visit relatives in London and the Waterloo area.
Matt spoke of an eye opening experience early in the season with the State College Spikes, "In college baseball runners have to attempt to slide when there is going to be a play at the plate, but in professional baseball the catcher is fair game if he is in your way. I learned this the hard way a couple weeks into the season. I was making a play on the ball, and the next thing I know I was getting blasted by the runner. We ended up getting the out, which made the collision a little easier to take."
Matt who posted a .217 batting average with 10 RBI in 43 games with the Spikes has no idea where he will be playing in 2011, but he hopes to be with the Nike Coats 2017
believe that the expression, 'you learn something new every day,' can be very true for a first year player. If you go into every day with an open mind and looking to learn something new, there is no question you will. Throughout the season, Nike Pullover Women's the most important thing I learned was how to take care of my body during the grind of a season. I was used to playing four times a week in college, and then to be thrown into a setting where you play a Nike Grey Jacket
West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League. "While this will be no easy task, I am doing whatever I can to put myself in a position to earn a spot on that team. I have set numerous goals for myself, and I have been working as hard as I can in the weight room to work towards those goals." Matt said.
Matt spoke briefly of how his first season lived up to his own expectations, "While I was unsure of what my first professional baseball season would be like, my experiences far exceeded any expectations that I had. The Pittsburgh Pirates organization, from top to bottom operates with tremendous class."
Matt can mark that down as a one of many learning experiences he has had and will have, as he progresses on his journey to his ultimate goal of making it to the MLB. "I Nike Windrunner Black And Gold
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Skirving is working hard
Former London Badger catcher Matt Skirving learned the hard way about one big difference between college baseball and professional baseball. Skirving who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2010 MLB draft after his junior year at Eastern Michigan University, immediately joined the Pirates Short season Class A team in State College, Pennsylvania.
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