Jimmy Kerrigan was playing independent baseball in 2017. Pro ball seemed out of reach while in Missouri playing for the Frontier League’s River City Rascals.
Until one day in July when he walked into the stadium and discovered his name was scratched off the lineup card.
The Minnesota Twins purchased his rights, earning him a spot in the minor leagues. His dream of one day making it to the Major Leagues had been revived.
“I’m extremely grateful the Rascals gave me a chance to break into pro ball,” Kerrigan said.
He played in 62 games of Independent League Ball. Life wasn’t always easy but the time was worth it.
“It’s a grind for sure,” Kerrigan said. “When I was playing, I wasn’t even thinking about going to another team. I was just trying to play. We got to the point where we were playing for each other and trying to win.”
Kerrigan spent 31 games with the Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017.
In 2018, his rise was quick and downright impressive.
He began the season in High-A Fort Myers and earned a spot in the Florida State League All-Star Game. Along the way, he played in four games with Triple-A Rochester.
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