by Steve Mims After graduating from Sheldon High School in 1983, Chris Miller was set to play quarterback at the University of Oregon. But before Miller made it to Autzen Stadium, the Toronto Blue Jays tried to buy him out of college when general manager Pat Gillick drafted Miller in the 17th round of the… Continue reading Chris Miller, Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop…Almost.
by Steve Mims Hunter Dryden might be able to help the Springfield Drifters at the plate and on the mound. The sophomore is 4-4 with a 3.88 ERA during the spring for Whitworth University while batting .233 with two homers and seven RBIs. Dryden is listed as a pitcher and infielder on the roster for… Continue reading Player Profile: Hunter Dryden
by Steve Mims Ryne Hays will arrive in Springfield on a hot streak. The sophomore catcher is batting .286 while leading Yakima Valley College with five home runs and 33 RBIs this spring. He has nine doubles and 26 runs scored in 31 games while compiling a .343 on-base percentage. “I think I have been… Continue reading Player Profile: Catcher Ryne Hays
by Steve Mims Dale Scott was a sophomore at Sheldon High School in 1975 when he got tipped off that he could make some money umpiring local baseball games. He was 15, but the age limit to work games was 16.“I turned 16 in August, but this was January and February,” he said. “I saw… Continue reading Umpire, Author Dale Scott, “The Umpire Is Out,” on Officiating and the WCL
by Steve Mims Ryan Escover got some pitching advice from Blake Snell in the offseason. The former American League Cy Young Award winner spent much of the winter working out at Shoreline Community College just north of Seattle. His dad, Dave Snell, is the Dolphins baseball coach. “Because of the MLB lockout, he was… Continue reading Player Profile: Ryan Escover, RHP