Opening day has to be one of the greatest days of the year. Filling the atmosphere around the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ organization yesterday, along with scattered precipitation, was pride, hope, and anticipation for what could definitely be a strong season for the club, from the big leagues and down into the minors as well.
Although I was disappointed by not winning a spot in the Futures games, I was excited for the opportunity presented to my fellow teammates. People who followed the outcomes of those two games will draw their own conclusions, but what I think it showed was the tremendous potential many of the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ prospects possess. I am sure some will disagree, but from my perspective, the idea of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“FuturesÃ¢â‚¬Â games is more entertaining and a welcome change from other major league teams that just scheduled an additional exhibition game.
Another disappointing moment of spring training came when I was informed I would be starting the season in Sarasota (High-A). I started spring with Louisville, but spent the majority of spring training with the Carolina (AA) lineup. When the last week of camp came, I made my best approximation of the starting rotation at each level (which is done by every player for their respected position about once a day) and I knew, depending on some injuries, my chances of breaking camp with AA were probably slim.
Regardless, I will be in the starting rotation, so innings and chances to pitch will only be determined by my performance, which is a great situation to be in. My first start will come on our opening day, Thursday (4/9), at Port Saint Lucie against my former college teammate, Tony Maccani and the Mets.