Imagine playing on a baseball team and not knowing if you'll see your teammates the next day. That's what part of Tyler Stieb's season has been like with the Woodchucks.
Stieb's start to the year couldn't have gone any better.
"He started off really hot, he went through a stretch where he was white hot," Woodchucks head coach Jameel Ziadeh said. "Couldn't get him out."
The Woodchucks center fielder garnered 13 runs and 15 hits after just 12 games. But Stieb was on a temporary contract and had no clue if he'd be in Wausau after June 30th.
"I thought I was going to go home after the 30 days because I didn't think there'd be enough room to re-sign me with all the other players," Steib said. "It just made me think and when you start thinking in the batter's box, that's when you start getting in trouble. That's what happened to me."
Ziadeh noticed Stieb playing differently when the June 30th deadline approached.
"He was a little tight, he was feeling some pressure, felt like he had to perform," Ziadeh said.
Stieb already had his plane ticket booked. The deadline passed and the Woodchucks cut him from the roster.
But then another player got injured, opening the door for the 20-year-old California-native.
"We're happy, we've been wanting to sign him all year and we're glad it all worked out," Ziadeh said.
"After that, it was easier for me to do better because I had less to think about," Stieb said.
Steib's made four runs and six hits in the five games he's played since being re-signed.
"We don't necessarily need the guy he was at the beginning of the year," Ziadeh said. "We need him putting together good at-bats, getting on base."
A task easier for Stieb to do now that he knows he's here to stay.
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