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Continued: Plenty of Minnesota talent on display with Blizzard baseball

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 16, 2013 - 5:46 PM

Armstrong coach Brian Sobiech praised the exposure academies provide but acknowledged that the year-round commitment limits opportunities in other sports. One of his players, Justus Nelson, benefitted from the commitment and will play at the University of North Dakota next year.

St. Paul Academy standout pitcher and infielder Matt Fiedler is convinced every penny he and his family spent were more than worth it. The Gophers recruit is even more thankful for the portion of fees he was able to work off. The Blizzard ownership has programs to assist players financially. Fielder worked at the academy’s facility and events.

“Where I am today is almost solely because of the Blizzard,” said Fielder, a six-year member. “Adam Barta has never turned down a player because of financial reasons. It’s definitely worth it. It wasn’t an option to stop playing with the team.”

 

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  • Drew Sannes of Brained, a member of the Blizzard Elite baseball team, worked out in the batting cages at the Minnesota Baseball Academy. Wednesday July 3, 2013 in Vadnais Heights . ] JERRY HOLT ‚Ä¢ jerry.holt@startribune.com

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