Sturgeon takes a photo with the Twins organization | Sports
Cole Sturgeon has worked with other former University of Louisville baseball players who are at various levels of professional baseball careers.
“We have a pro locker room there,” Sturgeon said from Louisville. “The weather here can be 60 one day and 20 the next, so we can be flexible to go indoors or outdoors.”
Sturgeon, 30, is a former Catholic from Louisville and Owensboro who recently signed with the Minnesota Twins organization. He tries to find a place to play in the system.
He was in the AA-AAA levels of the Boston Red Sox organization from 2014 through 2019 seasons. He was drafted in the 10th round by the Red Sox after his senior year at the U of L, where Sturgeon was a member of the 2013 and 2014 College World Series teams.
He played a few independent league games in 2020 and most of the 2021 season with the Lexington Legends of the Atlantic League. Sturgeon hit .321 with 37 RBIs and 10 home runs in 61 games for the Legends.
Sturgeon has lived and worked in Louisville for the past few offseasons. He is clearly still competitive and wants to try and keep playing.
“I wouldn’t leave if I didn’t think I could still do it,” Sturgeon said. “There’s no guarantee I’ll make it out of spring training, I’ll have to compete for a spot, but it would be like that anywhere. At my age, I’m just happy to have this opportunity.
The twin minor league players are expected to report for spring training next week in Fort Myers, Fla. The Red Sox and Twins both train in Fort Myers. Sturgeon said it would be weird if the major league players weren’t with the team unless the Major League Baseball lockout was settled soon.
He still plays in the outfield.
“At this level, it’s more about my age at this point,” Sturgeon said. “I’ve been in the top tier of the minor leagues for the past five years so there must be a real need for a team to sign someone, especially now with cut rosters. It’s harder to come back. back. I’m lucky to have this chance at this stage of my career. There are a lot of unknowns (with the lockout situation), but it could present opportunities for guys in my situation .
Sturgeon and his wife, Whitney, are expecting a baby due in June, and he’s decided that if he wasn’t supported in affiliate baseball, he’d probably leave playing behind.
Instead, Sturgeon will try to go through spring training for a spot in the Twins organization.