Tagged: MLB Prospects

First Games Back

Hi folks,

Well, I can’t explain how good it feels to finally be back out on the field and starting up my 2012 season. For those of you who don’t know, I broke my hamate bone back in spring training. I rehabbed for several weeks until the doctor finally cleared me to work out.

Finally, on Thursday, May 10 I flew up to Appleton, Wisconsin and made it in time to make the lineup that night.

It was a really long day of traveling but still the rush of being in a game again took over and wiped away all the fatigue/ jet lag. I didn’t get a hit that first night, but it was great to be back with my teammates and get back to playing.

This last week we went on the road and played the Kane County Cougars, the Kansas City affiliate. They had a pretty good turnout of fans at that ballpark, and my bat got going there as well. I hit my first home run of the season in the last game of the series.

Two of the days were field trip days for local schools so I definitely got my fair share of the Spongebob song. Once we finished up that four-game series we hit the road and got back to  Appleton for a nice seven-game home stand.

It’s been a very exciting past week with being in the line up every day and getting the opportunity to go out and play the game of baseball daily.

I can’t explain how blessed I feel especially since the game was taken away from me for a few weeks.

Well that’s it for now from Appleton. I’ll try and get another blog out before we hit the road for the two week long road trip!

In the meantime, see you on Twitter at @N_Ram3314! Tweet at me and I’ll tweet back!

Best Time of Year

Hey there everybody, it’s Tucker Barnhart again. I hope you are all doing great and enjoyed reading my first entry. I’m hoping to bring more to the table in this second post, so all of you can get to know me a little better off the field.

The game of baseball can be very rigorous at times and for me it’s my golf game that gets me away from everything, and provides a sense of relief from the stresses that I go through. On the 30th of last month my Bakersfield Blaze teammate Chris Berset enoyed our first off day with a nice round of golf in Bakersfield, aka “the Bake” To say that I’m a good golfer may be a bit of a stretch, but on this day I played out of my mind, shooting a 2 over 74. It was one of those days where I could not miss, even the bad shots that I hit ended up with a good result. I thoroughly enjoy getting out on the course and if I had my druthers I’d be out there everyday.

When it comes to relaxing off the field and getting away from the game, I also love to take in an Indiana Pacers game. During the off-season I like to go to as many games as possible, but during the season I have to rely on the NBA League Pass on my computer to get the job done. Now saying I’m just a fan of the Pacers might be an understatement… I LOVE the Pacers. I’m battling it out with some guys on the team now taking a couple friendly wagers for a free dinner with the likely series between the Heat and Pacers coming up in the next week or so (please wish me luck).

Here’s a picture of a Pacers-Jazz game I attended in February and I was sitting courtside!
I have to say that this is my favorite time of the year with the PGA Tour heating up and the NBA Playoffs going on, oh and not to mention getting to play baseball on a daily basis. As a team we are playing really well right now, and I truly believe that we are only going to get better. It is a pleasure to be around the group of guys that all buy into a team concept, and in the end that will help us win games.
I hope you all have enjoyed reading, and getting to know me a little off the field. In the meantime you guys can follow me on Twitter @Tucker_Barnhart. Until next time, be easy and GO PACERS!

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


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