January 20, 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective
- The Sioux City Explorers announced that the San Francisco Giants have purchased the contract of outfielder Tyler Graham. Graham was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 19th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft from Oregon State University. His best season came in 2010 as a member of the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies when he hit .343 with 34 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 109 games. In 2013, Graham played for four different teams. From Veracruz of the Mexican League to three American Association teams, he managed to put together a solid season. In 101 games, he batted .286 (nine points over his career average), while driving in 26 and stealing 36 bases.
- Lincoln Salt Dogs power hitting infielder Curt Smith has had his contract sold to the St. Louis Cardinals, according to the Salt Dogs press release. Smith has become quite a sensation on the world stage. In 2011, he helped the Netherlands go 11-1 on their way to defeating Cuba in the World Cup championship final. Smith earned MVP honours after batting .351 with three home runs and 13 RBI. In the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Smith and his .321 average helped lead his country to the semi-finals. After spending the last three years in the American Association, Smith has made a big enough impression to return to the team that originally drafted him in the 39th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Maine at Orono.