April 2012

Say hello to the Reds’ Tucker Barnhart

Whats up everybody? My name is Tucker Barnhart and I’m currently enjoying the great California sun in Bakersfield, California, home of the Cincinnati Reds High-A affiliate Bakersfield Blaze. It’s a pleasure to be here and I hope you all enjoy.

I graduated high school in 2009 in Brownsburg, Indiana, and was drafted by the Reds in 10th round that summer. I was signed to play college baseball at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, but chose to become a part of the Reds organization instead. I have nothing but good things to say about the decision that I made, and continue to thank everyone that has helped me get to the point I am today.

In 2009, I played just a total of 10 games in the Gulf Coast League after I signed at the end of July. When the 2010 season began, I was assigned to the Pioneer League affiliate Billings Mustangs. In 2011, I played a full season in Dayton, Ohio with the Reds Low-A affiliate Dayton Dragons. Coming into the season we were all introduced to the “sell out streak” that the Dragons had compiled. In their sights was the number 815, the all time consecutive sell out record that we were on pace to break in July. It was definitely an experience I will never forget, and a pleasure to be a part of.

After the season last year, I was informed that I had been awarded the Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove for my performance behind the plate during that season. For a guy that has always taken pride in his defense, it was an honor that was second to none. It was a very humbling experience, and something I would have not been able to achieve without the help of a countless number of people: my family, coaches, and most importantly our pitching staff of last year in Dayton.

This season has started off on the right foot, being invited to my first big league camp, and selected to play in a Futures game in Cincinnati on April 2nd, before the Reds home opener.  It was a pleasure to be around guys like Ryan Hanigan, Corky Miller, and Devin Mesoraco, to learn how they go about their business on a daily basis. Being able to watch them work every day has helped me become a better player and will definitely help me develop as I climb up the ladder in the Reds organization.

I really thank you guys for reading this, and I hope to keep you entertained. For now you can follow me on twitter @Tucker_Barnhart, where I hope to keep you informed on what’s going on with myself and the Bakersfield Blaze.

Say hello to the Diamondbacks’ Adam Eaton

Hi everybody. My name is Adam Eaton and I’m in Triple-A with the Arizona Diamondbacks. I was just promoted up to Reno about a week ago.

I went to Miami of Ohio and was a 19th round Draft pick in 2010. It was a tough decision to sign, but I’m happy with my decision now.

I started out in rookie ball in Missoula, Montana. In 2011, I began in Visalia in the California League and went to Double-a midway through the season. Won the Southern League championship in Mobile. I was then invited to the Arizona fall league, which is a very prestigious league. I was very excited to be invited to that. I ended up being named to the all-prospect team which was a very prestigious award for me.

I was invited to the Rookie Career Development Program in Washington, D.C., in January, where I met many important and knowledgeable

Saw considerable time in big league camp this spring.

people within Major League Baseball.  It was an opportunity of a lifetime to listen to them to get a better understanding of things like the media and finances, and how to act like a Major Leaguer when you get there for the first time.

I was invited to Major League camp this spring, which was another great opportunity for me to continue to develop as a player. I learned an incredible amount through that process. I got to play alongside all the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a great benefit to me.

After I got sent down from big league camp, I was sent back to Mobile, where I played for about a week and a half, then I got moved up because of injuries at the big league level. Every time you get moved up, it’s an experience in terms of packing up all of your stuff and figuring out a way to get you and your stuff across the country.

This move to Reno has been relatively stress free. Getting set up here, everyone has welcomed me with open arms. I’m looking forward to staying here as long as I’m allowed to. I look forward to a great 2012 season and keeping you all updated on what I’m doing and what I hope to accomplish.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @AdamSpankyEaton.

An introduction from the Brewers’ Nick Ramirez

Hello,

Hitting with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Courtsey of Rinaldi Photos)

My name is Nick Ramirez and I currently play for the Milwaukee Brewers.  I was selected in the fourth round in 2011, pick 131. I attended Cal State Fullerton from 2009-2011. I grew up in Anaheim, CA and attended Katella High School.

I’m currently working my way back onto the field and rehabilitating from a hammate bone injury. It’s probably one of the more common injuries that happen to players in baseball.

Luckily it was nothing too serious so I’ll be back in no time! This will be a blog about my journey through the entire season and what I experience on the way.

Hope you all enjoy it and keep coming back to read what I write. More posts to come!

Meanwhile, you can follow me on Twitter at @N_Ram3314