Chris Fee feels like he hasn’t missed a beat.
From his junior season at St. Andrews University (N.C.) – a season that saw the former pitcher for the Olympia Titans go 8-1 with a 1.82 ERA – to the six innings of hitless baseball he tossed this past June 25 against DeLand, the rising-senior for the Winter Garden Squeeze has felt on top of his game.
“I’ve felt like I’ve already been in midseason mode,” Fee said. “When I was on the mound the other day I felt great … I was just locating really well, keeping the ball low.”
Fee’s big game against the Suns put the 6’4 right-hander at 3-1 on the season for the Squeeze (13-9), with a 1.40 ERA. Fee has 18 strikeouts in 25.2 innings of work and his performance so far has left a strong impression on Winter Garden head coach Ruben Felix.
“He’s a guy that’s going to have a chance at pro ball,” Felix said. “He’s definitely a guy that throws a lot of strikes and his ball has good sink to it.”
This season marks Fee’s second consecutive strong campaign as a player in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. In 2013, Fee was a pitcher for DeLand and picked up 5 saves en route to an appearance in the 2013 All-Star Game.
While Fee changed sides in the offseason, choosing to join the Squeeze for the 2014 campaign, he said the choice to return to the FCSL was an easy one and that he has benefitted greatly from his participation.
“It’s helped me out tremendously … the talent in this league is absolutely phenomenal,” Fee said. “There’s guy all over the board that can play at the next level.”
As Felix suggested, Fee himself may be one of those with that capability.
For now, though, Fee maintains the summer is about continuing to improve – and having some fun, too.
“It’s baseball – you’ve got to have fun playing the sport you love,” Fee said.