Fabiaschi gets word on spring assignments with Oakland A's farm system....
TORRINGTON: Former Torrington High School star, Michael Fabiaschi has been playing the waiting game this spring as he looks for his 2012 assignment as a member of the Oakland Athletics farm system.
On Friday night, Fabiaschi got some mixed news, some good, some not what he had hoped for.
A year ago, the former James Madison University standout had started the year in Arizona in extended spring training.
He wound up with the Vermont Lake Monsters and had his best season as a pro, hitting .282 with 20 RBI’s and an impressive .382 on based percentage.
This spring he had hoped to get himself up to a higher level but despite a productive spring, Fabiaschi will be in Arizona a while longer.
“I had hoped to go to Iowa, which is low A or Stockton, California which is high A but I’ll be in extended spring training for the time being.” Fabiaschi said. “I’ve been told by multiple coaches that they have heard good things about my play this spring so that’s a good sign as well.”
Fabiaschi, who can play all the infield positions as well as catch in an emergency, experienced the roller coaster that is minor league baseball a few short hours later though, as he got some good news as well.
“I’m flying to Sacramento tomorrow (Saturday), which is our Triple A team.” Fabiaschi said. “I’m not on the roster there but I’m helping fill in some spots and backing up the guys over the next 5-6 days when they play exhibition games before the season starts. We have an exhibition game against the big league club Saturday night at 6 p.m. (Pacific time) that I heard is already sold out in a 14,000 seat stadium. So, I don’t know what to expect, if I’ll be playing at all but I’m hoping to get a chance to show what I can do. I’m sure it will be a great experience either way.”
From there it will be back to Phoenix for the extra spring training time and hopefully a move up in the ranks.
For a young man who dominated the infield at Fuessenich Park during his days in a Raider uniform, the drive to make it on the biggest stage continues.
Nothing but the best of luck to one of the best young man one will ever encounter.