Pros will teach skills camp at Strike Zone

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — Strike Zone and the Albuquerque Baseball Academy will partner to host an all-skills baseball camp on Saturday at the Strike Zone training facility in Farmington.

The two programs, along with several professional baseball players, will come together to host the camp for boys and girls of all ages. The event will aim to raise money for the family of Adam Morrissey, the head instructor and coach of the Strike Zone program. His young daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and proceeds from the camp will go toward paying her medical bills.

“Adam Morrissey was a minor league player for 10 years, and he has given his heart and soul to the youth in our community, both male and female, over the years,” said Tana McCall, who is helping organize the camp in Farmington. “He’s donated extra time and effort to the youth baseball and softball programs here, so we just wanted to do something to help give back to the family, who is so deserving.”

Nine professional players currently in major-league organizations will be at the camp, including Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart. Swihart is the only player scheduled to attend the camp who currently plays in MLB. He played in 84 games for the Red Sox during his rookie season in 2015.

Also making appearances at the camp will be Piedra Vista graduates Shilo McCall, Dominic Moreno, Jacy Cave and Jake McCasland.

Alex Bregman, the second overall pick of the 2015 MLB draft, will also be in attendance.

The professional players will serve as instructors during the camp, teaching positional and batting skills and fundamentals, and they will stay afterward for an autograph session with the campers.

Players can sign up for the camp through the Albuquerque Baseball Academy website. Donations to the Morrissey family will also be accepted during the camp.

The Strike Zone facility is located at 309 E. 20th St. in Farmington.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.