Find the Minor Leaguer

I’m back, baby. The draft is over and now I can get back to B3 on a more consistent basis. I thought I’d start it back up with a good “FIND THE MINOR LEAGUER REQUEST.”

I was reading your article and thought I would say “hello” and take you up
on your offer to find a minor leaguer.  I am looking to see where Jacob Reust is
now and how he is doing. My nephew, Taylor Smith, married Jacob’s sister, Jess Reust, now Smith, in
September, 2007.  Jacob’s entire family came to Roanoke, VA which is where my
family and I live, to be married at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.  Jacob was an
usher and I got to meet him for the first time there.  At the wedding reception,
I talked with him and, believe it or not, brought baseballs for each of us in our
family for him to sign. — Dianne V.

Thanks for writing in, Dianne. I guess my first question is, “Why don’t you ask your nephew’sjreust.jpg wife?” In all seriousness, I have found out some information on Reust. The Australian right-handed pitcher signed with the Indians organization in February 2007. He attended the MLB Australian Academy in 2007 and once represented Australia in the Cal Ripken World Series (2002). Just 18 years old, Reust is listed at 6-feet and 189 pounds (well, 183 cm and 86 kg, but I converted) and is reported to throw his fastball in the 90-mph range.

Reust is currently in Winter Haven, Fla., home of the Indians’ extended Spring Training facility, recovering from a shoulder injury — right shoulder capsulitis. He’s working with the organization’s rehab specialist and when/if he’ll play this summer will be determined when he’s closer to being healthy, in about a month.

I’ll be back in the coming days with more stuff…

6 Comments

Thank you Jonathan. I saw this question coming a mile away. His sister has been in Kuwait for a job she is working on. She travels and is not real easy to get in touch with right now. She finds and reconstructs data that bad guys try to hide, erase, destroy, etc. Have to admit, I had no idea that Jacob had an injury. Sure hope he recovers and is able to be assigned to a team. Keep up the good detective work. I enjoy your work. If you are ever by Salem VA to see our advanced Class A team, (including Kody Clemons – son of Roger Clemons) let me know. Our family will show you some mighty good cooking. Take care, Dianne V,

Hey Jonathan,
I am looking for 2 minor leaguers that came up thru the Cubs system. J.J. Johnson and Adam Greenberg. Last I heard JJ was with the Phillies and then released and Adam was granted a release from the Royals. Both good players and definately fan favorities when they were in Daytona (single high A). I would love to know where they are know. Rumor has it Adam is in an independent league in the mid west perhaps but I have no idea where JJ may be playing. Thanks!

Pat

Well, I’m not Jonathan, but I saw Adam Greenberg’s name in a game story just this morning and immediately thought of my colleague, so I can actually answer this one … he’s at Double-A Arkansas (Angels) hitting .313 since joining the team in mid-May after starting the season in the Atlantic League (yes on indie, no on Midwest) … Don’t know about Johnson but maybe Jonathan does :)

In fact, Adam Greenberg helped the Travs win the first half of their season with an 11th inning RBI. Here’s another story from MLB.com: Greenberg Eyeing Major League Return.

Sort of interesting how the LA Angels organization has picked up two ex-Cubs prospects via the Independent Leagues. The Salt Lake Bees (AAA) picked up Chris Walker from the Camden Riversharks and Greenberg came to the Arkansas Travelers (AA) from the Bridgeport Bluefish. Walker is fitting in quite nicely here in Salt Lake. Can’t wait until the Bees head to Iowa in August. Hee, hee!. .BeesGal 8-)

I was just watching Chris on MiLB.com. He was one of my favorite players when he was in Daytona! If you are there in Salt Lake, please send him my regards, My name is Pat and I ran the daytona cubs booster club! He is a great guy (as is Adam) and I wish them both the best of luck. Im just glad the Angels are in the AMerican League!!!

thanks for the info

Hi Pat and the Daytona Cubs Boosters!
I believe we picked up Chris Walker to bolster our injured outfield (Brad Coon, broken bone in hand | Terry Evans, torn labrum). Since his arrival, Chris has hit in the leadoff spot and played nearly every day. Here are a couple of local news stories:
Salt Lake Tribune, June 25 [www.sltrib.com/bees/ci_9688947] and Salt Lake Tribune, May 31 [www.sltrib.com/bees/ci_9436934].

Also, you can check the Salt Lake Bees website [www.slbees.com] for daily press releases and game recaps. Hope that helps! . . .BeesGal

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