Archive | July 2013

Vettleson’s versatility leads to ascension

PORT CHARLOTTE — Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said during spring training that Drew Vettleson’s path to the majors would follow his bat.

When he was selected with the 42nd pick in the 2010 MLB draft, front office personnel were equally impressed by his strong arm from the outfield.

But it was with both arms back home in Bremerton, Wash., that a teenage Vettleson initially started to make a name for himself.

Vettleson was part of a rare breed, able to throw a baseball fast with either arm. That led to coaches, teammates and scouts watching him pitch wherever he went. Read More…

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Wherever the road takes him: The life of a major league area scout

From the July 5 issue of the Charlotte Sun

You can view PDFs of the following story here:

Front: 2013-07-05 ENC SP 01  After the jump: 2013-07-05 ENC SP 06

By GREG ZECK
Sports Writer

About once every minute, baseball scout Thomas Peters can see the odometer on his 2013 Honda go up by one. In an almost maniacal way, the steady ascension is less of a way to measure distance and more of a way to track time.

In a given 12-month span, Peters estimates that car will put on about 30,000 miles as he travels across Florida. Read More…

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