In his only season at TCU he saw action in the Big 12 Tournament, throwing several innings and giving up no earned runs.
Antone said that while he’s happy to be starting again, he learned from his experience in the bullpen some things that will help should he return there someday.
“As a starter you are able to set the pace of the game, and I love to work fast as a starter,” he said.
“As a reliever you have to change your mindset a little. You must throw a lot more strikes and be really aggressive in the strike zone.”
At TCU, Antone was pitching in one of the premier NCAA Division I conferences in America. Now, with the Coyotes he is at one of, if not THE, premier junior college conference in the nation.
“This conference is for sure one of the top in the nation,” said Antone. “I would say the only difference between D-1 and JUCO is the age of the hitter.”
Odds are, Antone will get another look in the draft, but he’s not focusing on it. When that happens, he’ll make a decision about pro baseball.
“The draft is always up in the air, so there is no telling what will happen with that,” he said. “The only thing I know for certain is that I have signed to play for Auburn next year.
“It’s not so much the round or slot I get picked at. I just want to make sure the team is going to make a commitment to me and my baseball future.”
And, it seems, Antone has been working on investing in his own future. It’s a hobby he’s picked up when he’s not playing baseball.
“Lately I have been investing in stocks, which I find fun and interesting,” he said.
“I also love to play golf and shoot clays.”
At press time, Antone had a 2.48 ERA, the eighth lowest in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. He was 7-5 with 94 strikeouts and only 31 walks.