Sorry I haven’t been around much — been knee-deep in our draft coverage and that probably means I won’t be able to hop on here much until after the draft comes and goes. But I had been getting a few requests for Mailbagish and “FIND THE MINOR LEAGUER,” so I wanted to answer at least one in good faith with the promise that post-draft, I’ll do more on that front.
Before I get to that, though, I want you guys to check out the latest in our growing MiLB blog empire, Behind the Lens. It’s the work of video producer Joe Cronin. He’s good people and he’s on the road with myself and Lisa all the time and will have plenty of interesting insights into what we’re seeing and doing. And he’s promised that he’ll try to add plenty of pics and video along the way.
Just wondering if you can find out what happened to two Rays prospects for me.
Cole Smith and Woods Fines. I cant find Woods at all and I don’t know if Cole
quit the game. — Mike K.
By now, you may have noticed that Fines made his 2008 debut yesterday (Tuesday). He’s back at Columbus and was, well, rusty. The 2004 14th-rounder went four innings and allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits. The good news is that he didn’t walk anyone. Obviously, he’s just getting back into the swing of things. He was on the Columbus DL until now.
Smith, from what I told, was actually still with the organization and was, simply, a no-show for Spring Training. I’m guessing he’s decided to hang ’em up.
Thanks guys. I’ll be back more regularly post-draft.