Guest Blogger: Sean Kazmar
My name is Sean Kazmar and I play for the San Diego Padres. I was born in Valdosta, Georgia, but raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I now live in the West Valley of Arizona. I attended Las Vegas High School where I played shortstop. After high school I went to Southern Nevada Community College for two years where I also played shortstop. While at CCSN we won the Junior College National Championship. One of my prouder moments before making it to pro-ball. After my sophomore year of college I signed to go to the University of Georgia, but instead signed with the Padres. I have been with the Padres organization for going on five years now. This last season I played AA in San Antonio and was called up for the remaining two months of the big league season. After season was over, my next step was to attend the Arizona Fall League. This year in the AFL I was hoping to accomplish a few different things. My main goal was to get some at bats and see more live pitching, while working on my consistency at the plate. My second goal was to learn how to play outfield and get playing time in new positions. With the season coming to an end, I have had a chance to work on both of these goals. I have faced some good pitching and have had the opportunities to work on my swing and my approach at the plate. Each day I feel more and more comfortable playing the role of a utility guy also. This has been the first chance that I have had the opportunity to play outfield, and against this caliber of talent, I feel that it has been coming along very well. With a few weeks to go, I hope to continue working on these skills and I hope to end the season on a good note. I have gotten to know the team and coaching staff well and I have had a great experience so far. I have learned a lot and enjoyed the opportunity to work with different coaching styles from different organizations. The guys on the team have also been great to play with and my experience in the AFL has been memorable.