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Saalfrank works during his forced offseason from baseball

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FORT WAYNE, Ind (WPTA21) - Andrew Saalfrank has not sat around during the 2020 shutdown of minor league baseball.

The former Heritage star pitcher was taken in the sixth round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and pitched briefly at the rookie ball level in 2019 with some success.

2020 should have found Saalfrank at Kane County, the Arizona affiliate in the Midwest League, but with minor league baseball shut down by the pandemic, Saalfrank came home and found a place to keep active.

He has thrown regularly this spring at a practice facility on the east end of Fort Wayne, and gotten valuable mound time so he does not get rusty.

And he has been throwing to major league catching veteran Josh Phegley, also a former IU player who is with the Chicago Cubs and who is living in Fort Wayne.

Saalfrank says the experience with Phegley was a valuable bonus to his being able to throw regularly and and get guidance from Phegley.

It will have him ready for the likely time pitching in fall leagues later this year.

Dean Pantazi

Dean Pantazi has been with WPTA for 45 years and currently serves as the Weekend Sports Anchor for ABC21.

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