I have been in San Angelo, TX, with the Colts now for about 3 weeks. Getting adjusted to the heat has been tough. The weather ranges anywhere from 95 to 105 degrees. I am happy to be with this organization. I have been training consistently to be prepared to go to the next level. I have made 3 appearances so far and I got my first win on my debut here coming in the game in the 10th and 11th inning and throwing 2 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts.

My fastball has been clocked as high as 93 mph and my arm is getting stronger and I am starting to develop a rhythm. The hard work is paying off and I am excited about the future. Kyle Dison worked with me about a week before the Colts got back from their road trip and we hit the gym everyday and focused on creating an in-season workout, which would allow me to continue to build strength and be ready for games. Kyle also gave me pointers on my delivery to get more leverage with the legs and generate more power which has taken stress off of throwing and turned my arm into a whip. Kyle and I also talked about doing 100 windups a day to build consistency and create the muscle memory necessary to get the job done in the games. Some of the things Kyle shared with me about using your legs and generating power coincided with a lot of the concepts I learned from Tom House this off-season out in California.

I cannot be happier with the support I have received from Xclusive Sports Management and my family. Our team is doing great and I don’t think it will be long before I am recognized as one of the best left-handers to pitch in the game of baseball.

- Merricks