Keenan O’RourkeSports Broadcast Reporter, Phoenix
Keenan O’Rourke expects to graduate in May of 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. O’Rourke has covered ASU baseball for Blaze Radio.
PHOENIX – Hunter Omlid and Tyson Heaton have take unconventional baseball journeys. Both committed to a Division I baseball program, then found themselves at Central Arizona, a junior college program, playing baseball a year later. Now, they both find themselves at GCU playing out the rest of their collegiate careers.
GLENDALE – Blake Reilly, Vince Reilly and Jacob Wilson lived the dream that many childhood friends only wish. The longtime teammates played travel, high school and college ball play college baseball together.
MESA – In 2008, Josh Hamilton was in his second year of his MLB career, and went on to hit 28 home runs in one of the best Home Run Derby performances in history. In the Arizona Fall League, his performance has inspired prospects to try and emulate him in the AFL Home Run Derby.
PEORIA – Gage Workman, Trevor Hauver and Justin Fall were part of a 2020 ASU baseball team that lost out on half a season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ending their college baseball careers. While Hauver and Workman were selected in the 2020 shortened draft, Fall was drafted the year after and the three reunited for the first time back where it all began, Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
PEORIA – Matt Mervis has found great success in the Arizona Fall League, but the road has not always been easy. With limited playing time at Duke, he had to work hard to prove he deserved to be where he is today.
SCOTTSDALE – When Robert Hassell III was drafted by the Padres, he thought he would end up in San Diego. But Major League Baseball can be an unforgiving business and he was traded to the Washington Nationals. He was using the Arizona Fall League to showcase his skills before an injury sidelined him.
PHOENIX – Zac Gallen has pitched better than anyone else in baseball this year. What’s the secret to his success?
PHOENIX – The D-Backs have been rolling since the second half of the MLB all-star break, with a record of 25-19. The numbers offensively and on the mound have been proficient and maps what they have to do to make the postseason as well as what lies ahead in the coming years.