Myles Vincent isn’t sure where baseball will take him in the coming years, but he appreciates what his journey in the sport has already done for him as a person.
“I think I grew up a lot. I was a big baby two years ago,” said the 19-year-old from Corner Brook.
“I know I’m not like that anymore.”
Vincent is a left-handed pitcher in his second season with the Lethbridge Bulls of the 11-team Western Major Baseball League. He went to Alberta two years ago to chase the dream of playing pro baseball when he was recruited for the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge.
Last spring, he helped the Academy defeat the University of Calgary 6-5 in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) championship, getting the start — albeit no decision — in the final. He also won a silver medal with Team Canada at the International Baseball Federation’s 18U World Baseball Championship in Seoul, South Korea last year.
Vincent was back in Corner Brook over the Christmas holidays, happy to get a break from the daily grind of baseball and visits to the weight room as a member of the Bulls. Still, his season will only be getting started in early February with a road trip to Las Vegas kicking things off.
After being fed a steady diet of baseball, Vincent sees how he has developed into a stronger and smarter pitcher since moving west. He has no regrets about his decision to take the academy route in an effort to get noticed by the movers and shakers in the baseball world.
“I feel really good where I’m at,” he said. “I’m going to give it my best the rest of the year and see what comes out of it.”
There have been a number of pro teams and college teams expressing interest in what he might bring as a hard-throwing left-handed pitcher who has a nasty curveball as his out pitch.
For his part, Vincent is just remaining patient and continuing to do what it takes to make him a better prospect.
“I’m still talking to some scouts and a lot of schools so I’m going to make a decision soon,” he said, noting he his still working on his arm strength, especially after relaxed training over the Christmas break.
“Over the next month, I’ve got to work hard to get back to where I was and then go from there,” he said.
While he sees progress, Vincent has been known to lose his focus, so he looks to work on the mental side of the game in order to become an even bigger attraction for the pro and university scouts.
Much of that involves remaining within himself, focusing on the things he can control.
“Just staying calm,” he said.