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Catching up with Dustin Antolin

Catching up with Dustin Antolin

Written by Franklin Velez

Dustin Antolin has been quite the busy man this offseason. He took on playing for 3 teams over the course of a couple months, including playing in both Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Despite a tough offseason for free agents, he was able to sign with the Chicago White Sox fairly early and is excited to battle for a spot on the big-league roster.

His original worry was being unsure if he’ll get signed by an affiliated club, so the conclusion for him was to play winter ball. Luckily, he caught the eye of one organization in particular, in the Chicago White Sox.

Playing for the Independent Somerset Patriots the year prior, his expectation going in was that the league would be low in talent. To his surprise, he found the experience to be quite enjoyable and his passion for baseball was in a way “revived”.

In 2016, Dustin received a brief cup of coffee in the Majors for a single appearance with the Toronto Blue Jays. He called the outing an experience that was crazy because it was such a long road getting there. Seeing the crowd in the stands and realizing everyone had their eyes on him was incredible.

Many times Dustin felt like quitting, but his reason for being so driven and never quitting on his dream of reaching the MLB was his family. His family was his backbone to ensure he would stick with this profession rather than hanging it up.

Luckily it paid off with him receiving contracts with the Toronto Blue Jays previously and now with the Chicago White Sox. His main message now is you may as well keep throwing the ball because you never know far you can get.

Check out Tyler’s full interview with Dustin Antolin below:

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Justin Jackson – Jax Chillin’ In Lancaster

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After nine years of affiliated ball, Justin Jackson is bringing his talents (and new video blog) to the independent baseball world with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League.

Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays out of T. C. Roberson High School in 2007, Jackson spent the first eight years of his professional career in the Blue Jays organization. He bounced around the infield and outfield – He was a Midwest League All Star in 2008 as a Shortstop, and a Florida State League All Star as a Outfielder in 2011 – before making the switch to pitching in 2013. With the Blue Jays, he made it as high as Double A as both a position player and a pitcher.

Last year, Jackson started a new chapter in his baseball journey when he signed a free agent minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. After starting the season in Double A, he spent the majority of the season with the High-A Carolina Mudcats posting a 2.05 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched.

For the 2016 season, this minor league baseball veteran has signed on as a pitcher with the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League and is ready to give fans an inside look at his life this season.

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Jackson, who already has a great presence on social media, has created his own YouTube channel and vlog “Ball Is Life.”

The vlog is more than just a video series about baseball (although there’s plenty of that too!) It is an inside look at everything that is Justin Jackson.

In one video, Jackson describes what it’s all about. “I love to create. That’s just it. So I figured this is a great medium for me to  come out and express myself and to just journey my journey. That’s the reason I do it.” It’s an honest look inside a professional baseball player’s life who considers baseball to be just one part of his life.

You can subscribe to Jackson’s YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Follow him on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM
or check out his WEBSITE.

We are looking forward to following Jackson this season and will be doing a follow-up and Q&A with him as the season progresses!