Professional players mentor Comets

January 15, 2014 San Marcos, CA l Former Palomar baseball player BK Santy plays catch during Palomar baseball’s team practice at Myer’s Field. After playing for the Comets, Santy transferred and played for the University of Washington and is now a catcher in the Minnesota Twins organization.  /PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Colson/Copyright 2014 The Telescope

January 15, 2014 San Marcos, CA l Former Palomar baseball player BK Santy plays catch during Palomar baseball’s team practice at Myer’s Field. After playing for the Comets, Santy transferred and played for the University of Washington and is now a catcher in the Minnesota Twins organization. /PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Colson/Copyright 2014 The Telescope


Professional baseball players use Palomar College training facilities for off-season workouts.

January 15, 2014 San Marcos, CA l Professional baseball player Ben Rowen plays catch during Palomar baseball’s practice at Myer’s Field. Rowen is currently a pitcher in the Texas Rangers Organization. /PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Colson/Copyright 2014 The Telescope

January 15, 2014 San Marcos, CA l Professional baseball player Ben Rowen plays catch during Palomar baseball’s practice at Myer’s Field. Rowen is currently a pitcher in the Texas Rangers Organization. /PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Colson/Copyright 2014 The Telescope

Ben Rowen (call-up pitcher for the Texas Rangers), BK Santy (Minnesota Twins minor league) and Stephen Gonsalves (Rookie pitcher Minnosota Twins minor league) visited Palomar’s training facility doing workouts with the team last month.

Palomar College’s Head Coach Buck Taylor said Nick Vincent (Padres MLB), Brandon Web (Palomar 2009, Baltimore Orioles minor league), Danny T. Bethea (Boston Red Socks minor league) and Tyler Saladino (Chicago White Sox minor league) also returned to Palomar to participate in workouts this season and in previous seasons.

“I hope to show the team that during the offseason a player can keep up with the training regime even when coaches aren’t there telling you what to do,” Rowen said. “I hope I can show them that just in my work ethic alone.”

BK Santy, a former Palomar player from the 2009 and 2010 season who is now a top rookie for the Minnesota Twins organization, was also available to the players for questions.

Taylor said having the professionals at camp has a big impact.

“They are here to help and our guys get to ask them questions,” Taylor said. He said he hopes his players continue asking questions because they are young and have a lot to learn.

Jared Hunt, Palomar’s third basemen, said he likes to be able to ask the professionals questions. He said he gets to learn and hang out with them, which helps his development as a player.

Freshman starting catcher Francis Christy said he feels the experience is good for the team and he has been helped in the past by similar exposure to professional players at other locations.

Dillan Smith, Comets outfielder, said he benefits from the exposure he gets from talking with the pros. “It is really important; from their guidance you can see what it takes to become a great player.”

January 24, 2014 San Marcos, CA l Professional baseball player Stephen Gonsalves throws a pitch to his catcher in the bullpen during Palomar baseball’s practice at Myer’s Field. Gonsalves, who graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 4th round in the 2013 MLB first-year player draft. /PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Colson/Copyright 2014 The Telescope

January 24, 2014 San Marcos, CA l Professional baseball player Stephen Gonsalves throws a pitch to his catcher in the bullpen during Palomar baseball’s practice at Myer’s Field. Gonsalves, who graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 4th round in the 2013 MLB first-year player draft. /PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Colson/Copyright 2014 The Telescope

Stephen Gonsalves is currently pitching for the Minnesota Twins organization. He grew up in San Marcos and worked with Taylor since he was 12 years old.

Gonsalves, a fourth round draft pick last year, played for Central Catholic High School. He said he was at Palomar’s baseball field to get ready for the upcoming season.

“I’m actually meeting another player from the Twins organization, getting ready to start throwing again,” Gonsalves said.

Taylor said the team is full of men who do well in the classroom, which normally translates to how they perform on the field.

“They need to mature as young men, as athletes and mature as students. This is the good part of the job to see all of these guys throughout that maturation process,” he said.

Taylor will keep the doors open to Palomar’s former players who want to come for workouts. This is something he will keep doing and encouraging to help develop his team.

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Author: JOSHUA RAY

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