SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After finally getting his first taste of the big leagues late last year, following parts of nine seasons in the Minors, D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has a prime opportunity to knock out another first this spring: making an Opening Day roster.
"This is by far the best shot I've ever had," Gosewisch said. "I've never had an opportunity like this in the spring, so I'm working as hard as I can all the time. If I'm on the field, I'm trying to get better. If I'm off the field, I'm still trying to improve. I'm never the kind of person who lets up."
Gosewisch appeared in 14 games for the D-backs last season and he believes that experience will take much of the pressure off while he battles for a roster spot.
"You're able to relax a little bit more when you know you can succeed," Gosewisch said. "Obviously you still have to put all your work in and do everything you can to make the team, but having the knowledge that you can hang with these guys is very reassuring."
Although he knows what's at stake this spring, Gosewisch insists he won't concern himself with what his competition does. Instead, he'll only focus on what he can control.
"I don't really try to think about turning anybody's head," Gosewisch said. "Just trying to play my game like I have in the past. The rest will take care of itself."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.