One of the players, Dan Batz, was one of the best players in Atlantic-10 history when he played college ball for the University of Rhode Island. Dan, however, had a rough time trying to duplicate that success in pro ball. I still check to see if he's made it with another team. He hasn't, so far.
The other player, Lucas May, has had some success.
Luke played two years in Columbus, first as a shortstop, then as an outfielder. Then, last year, he moved to catcher and played at High A Inland Empire of the California League.
This year, he's in Spring Training with the Dodgers. And the Dodgers have a story up on their Website about Luke, and mention a recent homer for the Dodgers:
He's quickly become one of the best catching prospects in the organization, in part because of the power he showed while slugging 25 homers for Class A Inland Empire.
May showed off some of that power for Dodgers manager Joe Torre with a game-tying, three-run pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning against the Red Sox on Thursday.
"It felt great," said May. "I was down in the bullpen and had about a minute and a half to get ready for the at-bat."
Luke's first home game with the Catfish included a home run. We gave him a tape of it.
He's still showing his power at the bat on occasion, as he has shown.
It's quite unlikely Luke will make the cut and be on the Dodgers' opening day roster. This year.
Luke will play for Jacksonville (Double A, Southern League) or Las Vegas (Triple A, Pacific Coast League) this season.
He'll play for the Dodgers one day. And we look forward to seeing him in a major league uniform.