Like his older brother, Kyle, Pat Kaminska made his mark on the Naperville Central baseball program.
And while Kyle committed to Michigan State before being drafted out of high school by the Florida Marlins in 2007, Pat Kaminska headed to Central Michigan looking to continue honing his craft.
After five years that tested his resolve and showed his perseverance, Pat Kaminska followed his brother’s lead and example by signing a free-agent contract Wednesday with the Texas Rangers.
“Heading into the draft, I had tons of teams with different deals worked out that I would sign for and everything else,” Pat Kaminska said. “When the draft came along, we’re getting to the end of Friday and I hadn’t gone. It didn’t make sense based on the information I had, which was frustrating.”
Most college seniors go in the first 10 rounds, and he believed that would be the case. But he was told his injury history could have acted as a red flag with teams.
A shoulder injury after the 2012 season and an elbow injury in 2013 threatened to possibly end Kaminska’s career at Central Michigan, but he rebounded quite nicely in going 8-3 record with a 2.47 ERA this year.
His focus was trained on getting back and keeping the dream alive, especially considering he had dealt with structural instability in his shoulder since high school.
“It was huge when I got to Central Michigan and finally experienced an actual injury where it wasn’t just because of soreness, discomfort and inflammation that my shoulder typically caused me when I was in high school,” he said. “I actually had a lat tear in my shoulder.”
Also, feedback from his brother Kyle, who played for 10 different teams within three different organizations from 2007-2013 before deciding to retire last year, proved invaluable to the process.
“The interesting thing is just \we’ve taken two completely different paths,” Pat Kaminska said. “My brother was an earlier bloomer. He never really had any typical deficiencies or injuries. He had to learn how to be mature and how to do this in the professional route whereas I dealt through a lot of physical deficiencies.
“It’s just two completely different worlds, but at the same time I’ve learned a lot about professional baseball and the system. My dad was drafted and went to the University of Arizona before he got hurt. My family has been drafted and around professional baseball and it helps.”Baseball, Naperville Central