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Kyle Arnsberg looks to hone skills with Generals

June 21, 2011 at 1:21 a.m.
Updated June 22, 2011 at 1:22 a.m.

First baseman Kyle Arnsberg sits in the dugout during the first inning of the Generals game against the Coppel Copperheads at Riverside Stadium on Friday, June 17, 2011. KASSANDRA LAU/KLAU@VICAD.COM

Brad Arnsberg spent the last 28 years in professional baseball, but he's in no hurry to go back.

Arnsberg was fired last week as the pitching coach of the Houston Astros, but is under contract with the team through the 2012 season.

"To tell you the truth, I'm a little burnt out," Arnsberg said. "I'm going to take the time to become the best daddy and best husband I can be."

Arnsberg has been able to watch his son Kaden, who will be a senior at Arlington Lamar play baseball.

He's also looking forward to visiting Victoria and watching his oldest son, Kyle, play for the Generals.

"He's loved the game from the first time he picked up a baseball," Brad Arnsberg said. "He's been a baseball junkie for as long as I can remember."

Kyle Arnsberg was relaxing in a hotel room before the Generals game at the Brazos Valley Bombers when his mother called with the news that Brad had been fired.

Kyle didn't get to talk to his father until he was on the team bus after the game.

"It affects the whole family," Kyle Arnsberg said. "You never want to get fired from any job. Baseball's one of those games. You're hired to be fired. It's the most unsure job there is.

"You've got to get the results and you've got to get along with people. If stuff doesn't happen, people have to go their separate ways."

Kyle Arnsberg credits his father with teaching him almost everything he knows about baseball.

"I don't know anything else to be honest," Kyle Arnsberg said. "I grew up in it. Until my 15-year-old summer we would move with him when I was out of school.

"At times, when I was little, I'd be taken out of school and we'd go live with him wherever he was. I've been around a baseball field practically every day of my life."

Brad Arnsberg was a first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 1983 and pitched for six years in the major leagues before becoming a coach.

Kyle Arnsberg pitched and caught in high school before suffering a shoulder injury during his junior year while playing football at Arlington Lamar. That injury led him to focus most of his attention on catching.

"The way we looked at it is a scout is not going to look at a kid throwing 85 to 87," Brad Arnsberg said. "But he's 6-foot-5 1/2, hits left-handed, and is a 4.0 student. He's caught very well. The kid has a lot of upside. He has a lot of stuff going for him right now."

Kyle Arnsberg accepted a baseball scholarship to Arizona State where he redshirted as a freshman.

He decided to leave when head coach Pat Murphy resigned a few months after he enrolled.

Arnsberg enjoyed playing for former Generals head coach Chris Clemons last summer and transferred to McLennan Community College where Clemons is the pitching coach.

Arnsberg hit .318 with three home runs, 16 doubles and 34 RBIs at the Waco school and was drafted in the 40th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

"He got to play," said Brad Arnsberg, who is serving as his son's advisor with the Cardinals. "You've got to play to get your skill level up."

Kyle Arnsberg is content to let his father deal with the Cardinals while he concentrates on improving his catching and hitting skills with the Generals this summer.

"I want to stay and get my reps in," Arnsberg said. "It's a hot summer and you just want to keep your game up. I didn't want to take a whole 2 1/2 months off before I go back to school.

"It's great to see live pitching all the time and the more at-bats you have the more experience you get and this a pretty good league to get that in."



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