June 2008

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…

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