Hey Naturals Fans…
It actually feels like baseball season today as we are enjoying temperatures of close to 70 degrees. A bit windy here at Arvest Ballpark, but we’ll make that trade none the less.
It’s easy for us to keep tabs on former Naturals who are in big-league camp with the Royals such as Kila Ka’aihue, Carlos Rosa, Mario Lisson and Dan Cortes. But there are also four former Naturals who are in big league camps with other teams this Spring.
The most positive showing so far has been by LHP Gilbert de la Vara, who was selected by the Astros in the Rule V draft last winter. de la Vara must make the team out of Spring Training and stay on the big league roster all year or be offered back to the Royals. This story about de la Vara and another of the Astros Rule V picks explains their situtation well.
de la Vara who had a great run with the Naturals the last 2 months of ’08 tossed it well against Venezuela in an exhibition before the WBC.
Also in Astros camp is RHP Jeff Fulchino, who despite never pitching in a home game at Arvest Ballpark became the first former Natural to make the show when he pitched for KC on June 8. He had previously pitched on big league game for Florida in 2006 and made a great catch.
Finally, C Adam Donachie is in camp with the Baltimore Orioles and faces an uphill climb to make the team as the O’s already have veteran Gregg Zaun in the fold as well as top catching prospect Matt Wieters knocking on the door. Donachie didn’t help his case in a recent game against the Cardinals.
Enjoy the great weather this weekend it definitely makes it easy to start thinking baseball!