HELENA – Baseball fans in the Capital City earned a sneak peek at the 2017 Helena Brewers on Thursday night during the minor league club’s exhibition against the American Legion Helena Senators. Friday, the ‘Brew Crew’ was officially introduced.
The Brewers held their annual media day on Friday morning, with players clowning around for the cameras prior to the afternoon’s practice. Pitcher Karsen Lindell, an Oregon native, returns to the club this summer with hopes of staying on the field to showcase his skills.
“It will be good. I’m trying to stay healthy for the full year, that’s about all I’m looking forward to right now,” he said. “I spent the last three months at extended spring training working on small things with my mechanics and trying to make sure everything is consistent.”
Many of the Helena Brewers traveled to the Treasure State after stints in Arizona. Montana’s blue skies, mountains and scenery are a welcome sight compared to the cactus and high temps of the south.
“When you leave Phoenix and it’s just desert and boring and hot, no offense to anyone who’s Phoenician,” laughed pitcher Michael Petersen. “But when you get to come out here and enjoy the mountains and the nice weather it’s fantastic.
Pitching is key throughout the Pioneer League Season and the Brewers offer some talent on the mound. They also have athletes as young as 19 years old, which makes pitching coach Rollando Valles’ job a bit more challenging.
“We have a bunch of young guys, our pitchers are younger than average in the league,” said Valles. “I’m excited to be able to mold these guys and help them through their minor league careers.”
The Helena Brewers open their 2017 slate on Monday, June 19 at home against the Great Falls Voyagers. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.