April 6, 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective
- April 28 and 29 marks the 22nd annual Frontier League Tryout and Draft. All 14 teams will be in attendance, including Major League Baseball scouts who have been known to make an appearance at the two-day event. According to the league press release, "the workouts officially begin at 9:00 AM on April 28 and will feature a 60-yard dash, fielding and throwing drills for infielders, outfielders, and catchers, and batting practice for position players while pitchers will throw 15-20 pitch bullpens. Following the first day, the field managers will post a list of players invited back for inter-squad games on April 29. At the conclusion of the games, action will break for 30 minutes as clubs and prepare for the draft." On average, 35 players are selected each year in the draft. Last year, over 400 players attended the camp in Saguet, Illinois. Over 40 players signed spring training contracts, 28 appeared in regular season games.
- Adam Berry is your Pecos Spring League MVP. In 11 games he batted .533 with four home runs and 15 RBI. Needless to say, he led the Galveston Sea Lions in every major offensive category.
- Former Texas Ranger, Brandon Boggs, has signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. In 11 professional seasons, Boggs has appeared in over 130 Major League games, and nearly 900 at the minor league level. His best season came in his first year at the MLB level. He hit eight home runs and drove in 41, while batting .226. Since 2008, he's played for a variety clubs including the minor league affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, and Minnesota Twins. Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Boggs has a career .258 batting average and 413 RBI in the minors.