Whether you’re in the Major League, or Little League, the fundamentals of baseball never change. That was the message at this year’s Outlaw Baseball Club’s winter skills and training camp, which featured a pair of former Outlaws that are now in the pros, Caleb Frare and Brac Warren.
“I love coming back and doing stuff like this, because I was in these kids’ shoes,” said Frare. “I was from a small town in eastern Montana, Miles City, and it’s just like anything is possible.”
Frare is coming off the most successful season of his young career. After being drafted by and playing in the New York Yankees’ farm system for the last six years, Caleb was traded to the Chicago White Sox in late July. On September 2nd, Frare made his Major League debut on September second against the Boston Red Sox, pitching one inning, while striking out a pair.
“I remember walking out, or going out to the mound after coming from the bullpen, and I was just nervous,” said Frare. “I couldn’t feel my legs. I threw the first pitch, a slide, it was a little bit outside, a ball, and then I got the next pitch a ground ball and I was like ‘this is the same game.’”
Warren hasn’t had a chance to play much since being selected in the 17th round of the 2017 draft out of Oregon due to a back injury, and then Tommy John surgery. So the Rosebud native says he’s doing the same thing most of the campers are: looking to impress his coaches.
“I’m coming off a couple of rough years with injuries and stuff, so this will be a big year for me,” said Warren. “I’ll actually get to start playing, and stuff, so I’m excited to get it going a little bit.”
While many of the campers look up to both Warren and Frare as people they feel have made it, the pair of Miles City graduates didn’t exactly feel the same. That was a big part of their message to these young up and comers: there’s always room for improvement.
“It’s really just about work ethic, and wanting it,” said Warren. “I mean there are just so many distractions that you’ve got to stay focused, and just work hard and stay in the gym.”
“When I was 12 years old I was short, fat, and couldn’t throw hard at all,” said Frare. “I mean, I was terrible. I was one of the worst baseball players in Miles City, and I’m a Major League pitcher. So I want to be able to show these kids that it’s possible.”
And it seems that the message sunk in to this year’s campers.
“I learned that lots of stuff can be hard though, but you’ve got to keep on pushing,” said camper Maddox Perrine. “I wish I could go here all day, everyday.”
“They told us that the extra work will pay off in the future,” said camper Cade Mosley. “And that if you take breaks now, the longest break will catch up to you faster.”
There are currently only three active players from Montana in Major League Baseball, and 23 all time. Only time will tell if any of this year’s campers will put in the work to add on to that list.
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