Prince learning how to be big leaguer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Spring Training is about preparing for the upcoming baseball season, but that does not necessarily mean all the lessons are taking place on the diamond
Outfield prospect Josh Prince is in his first Major League camp and is taking the opportunity to learn as much as he can about the day-to-day life of a big leaguer.
"All the guys in the locker room are just absolutely first-class guys and the biggest impression I've had is how nice and how genuine and how accepting they are to the younger guys," Prince said. "It's unbelievable."
Prince, who prefers to be a quiet observer of the veterans, has been learning a lot about how the Brewers treat their bodies to ensure they will hold up over the long season.
The 25-year-old outfielder has only been in camp a couple weeks, but believes the experiences and interactions with the Brewers' veterans will help him on the field and with his body.
"I think it's going to change a little bit," Prince said of the way he will now approach the game. "Granted, I still have my own routine and will stick with that, but I'm picking things up here and there, like with [Ryan] Braun and how much he stretches to keep his body right. I'm going to do that a lot more now."
After hitting .251 in Double-A Huntsville, Spring Training is Prince's first chance to impress manager Ron Roenicke and the rest of the Brewers' Major League coaching staff.
In Thursday's 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, Prince hit a two-run homer -- his first hit of the spring.
Although he remains confident in his abilities, Prince has noticed how much tougher the Major Leagues are.
"Guys don't make as many mistakes here as they do at the lower levels," Prince said.
But at the end of the day, he is playing a game he has played his entire life. And that is something he reminds himself when he may find himself a bit overwhelmed or starstruck.
"It's still baseball," Prince said. "It's the same game and there's no difference from T-ball at five to playing as a 30-year-old."