Michael Barbosa, a 23-year-old Sugar Creek native who recently completed his baseball eligibility at Park University in Parkville, is in Harlingen, Texas, this week taking part in spring training for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the United League Baseball.

Michael Barbosa, a 23-year-old Sugar Creek native who recently completed his baseball eligibility at Park University in Parkville, is in Harlingen, Texas, this week taking part in spring training for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the United League Baseball. Barbosa finished this season at Park with a 6-2 mark with one save and a 3.64 earned run average. In nine games (eight starts), he pitched four complete games, striking out 41 in 47 innings while allowing 46 hits and 11 walks.

1. What are you looking to get out of your tryout with the United League Baseball’s Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings?
The only thing I’m looking for is an opportunity to keep playing baseball. I’ve always wanted to play professional baseball and this is giving me that chance.

2. How quickly did your time go by at Park?
My time at Park went by extremely fast!

3. What are some of the things that stuck out to you as a student-athlete on campus at Park? What about on the diamond?
One of the things that stuck out is how well people treated and worked with the student-athletes. In regards to on the field, the whole experience there sticks out.

4. How would you categorize your stay as a member of the Park baseball team?
My stay as a member of the team was something special. From the coaches to the guys that I played with, it was outstanding and I’m glad I had the opportunity to play at Park.
 
5. What are your post-secondary plans off the field? What about on the field?
Off the field I plan on finishing my degree in criminal justice and hoping to be able to have a career in it. As far as on the field, I plan on playing as long as I possibly can. After that, hopefully I can get a coaching job.