Big League dream comes true for career minor leaguer
Amidst a flurry of signings of high contracts to All Stars and Cy Young Award winners (Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Justin Verlander, and soon-to-be Clayton Kershaw), it’s fun to hear a good-news story of a person who will probably make the league minimum, but couldn’t be happier. Mets lefty farmhand Scott Rice has made the big league club.
Jorge Castillo of the New Jersey Star-Ledger tweeted the happy news and Rice’s reaction
After 14 yrs in the minors, Scott Rice was just informed that he made the team: “It’s been a long road. Now I got to stay up here.” #Mets
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) March 29, 2013
Rice earned his way on the team as the key lefty out of the bullpen, after a “storied” minor league career including a solid year in AAA last year for the Albuquerque Isotopes. At 6’6″, 225 lbs, he certainly has the body type to bear down on lefties, particularly with an arsenal including a heavy fastball and sinker. He was an acclaimed prospect as the 44th overall pick in 1999, just took him a few years to work his way up, including stops in Independent Leagues, which is usually indicative of being at the precipice of a career change. But he persevered.
Here’s hoping this kid (errr, 31-year-old) has more than just a cup of coffee and finally gets to reap the rewards of minor league toil.
– Dave (@lhd_on_sports)
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