Baseball

ST. CLOUD TIMES: In the 9th Inning, He's all Business

Xavier Esquivel is currently playing for the St. Cloud River Bats in the Northwoods League.
Xavier Esquivel is currently playing for the St. Cloud River Bats in the Northwoods League.

July 14, 2008

Story Published by St. Cloud Times
Story by Brian MacPherson
Published July 13, 2008

Xavier Esquivel used to have plenty to do between the first inning and the ninth inning.

In Little League and in high school, before they told him he threw too hard to be anything but a pitcher, he would play shortstop for eight innings. Only when the ninth inning rolled around did his coach summon him to the mound for the final three outs.

The 5-foot-10 right-hander no longer plays shortstop but remains a ninth-inning specialist — and one of the best in the Northwoods League at that. His nine saves and 0.44 ERA, in fact, earned him a ticket to Monday’s Northwoods League All-Star Game.

And, as it turns out, he still has plenty to do during the game’s first eight innings:

Second inning

It’s way too early to start thinking about a potential ninth-inning appearance. Instead, Esquivel and some of his partners in crime on the bench usually are playing trivia games with pro baseball players or movie characters.

For the complete story, visit the St. Cloud Times website.


 

 

-#LMULIONS-

LMU Baseball HOME
  Printer-friendly format   Email this article