Adapting to a new team comes with the territory of being a minor league baseball player. Players promoted to the next level must get used to new teammates, a new stadium and new opponents.
Phillip Ervin knows what it’s like from experience. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos outfielder was promoted from High-A Daytona to Double-A Pensacola late last season and helped the Blue Wahoos earn a trip to the Southern League playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
“You are always nervous when you first come up to a new team, Ervin said. “But you are around the other guys in spring training and so you have to form a bond. Once you move up, you just have to hope you can out and do what you did to get promoted in the first place.”
Ervin and his teammates welcomed three new players to the team for the start of the second half of the season. Pitcher Tyler Mahle, reliever Jacob Ehret and third baseman Taylor Sparks made the jump from Daytona to Pensacola after the all-star break.
Mahle already has two wins under his belt at the Double-A level and is enjoying his time on a team that is already assured of playing in the postseason after winning the first-half South Division crown.
“This is a great team and we play in a great stadium. So far it’s been awesome,” Mahle said.
Of course, Mahle admits there is a feeling-out process involved when you go to a new team.
“I played a little bit with these guys in spring training, but it’s always different being around new teammates and new coaches,” Mahle said. “You kind of stay quiet at first and see what you are allowed to do and how other players are doing things. You don’t want to make any wrong moves.”
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