Big League dream comes true for career minor leaguer

  • David Whitlock

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

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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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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