Joey Filomeno is in a great place these days, both physically and mentally.
When we talked Thursday, he had just finished golfing. He scored a 95 or, like he put it, "10 strokes higher" than the 85 he produced Wednesday.
A few hours later Thursday, he would be sitting in the bullpen for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas Rangers' Class AA affiliate.
"I'm going from playing the second-most frustrating game in the world to the most frustrating game in the world," Filomeno said with a laugh.
On the baseball field, the frustrations have been few and far between this season for Filomeno, a 2011 St. Rita graduate who's been dominant for the RoughRiders.
The left-handed pitcher attributes much of that to being in the shape of his life, tipping the scales at 230 pounds — or 25 less than his high school days.
He's also regained the confidence that deserted him during a frustrating three-year collegiate career at Louisville that produced a 2-3 record and 6.04 ERA.
It didn't prevent the Rangers from drafting the Cicero native in the 15th round in 2014.