Life in the Southern League isn’t a new thing for Tanner English.
This is the centerfielder’s third time in a Double-A league where separation is created between those with the potential to go on and be a Major Leaguer one day and players who might not have what it takes.
Although he’d like to be higher up in minor league baseball, the 11th-round pick of the Minnesota Twins is capitalizing on his experience while playing for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
“There’s definitely an advantage to that,” English said. “It’s a tough league and you face some tough scenarios, but it’s nice to be able to have that experience and be able to share it with some of the younger guys.”
A former standout at the University of South Carolina, where he earned All-SEC freshman honors in 2012 and landed on the All-SEC Defensive Team two years later, English has endured his share of ups and downs.
There was the thumb sprain he suffered in 2015 and the ankle injury in 2016.
That injury came on the heels of missing three weeks while recovering from Lasik surgery.
His performance at the plate has varied as well, though he seems to have found his groove, hitting .241. He batted just .216 last season.