The Cincinnati Reds game against Cleveland has been postponed. The game will be made up on August 9th. If you were hoping to see who would take home The Ohio Cup you are going to be waiting quite a while.
But with a few hours of time freed up this afternoon with no game, why not check out a cool story about one of the Cincinnati Reds more intriguing prospects?
Interview with prospect Jacob Hurtubise
Last summer the Major League Baseball draft was cut to just five rounds. In 2019 in was 40 rounds. Many players that normally would have been drafted simply weren’t given the opportunity. That left teams scrambling to try and sign as many free agents as possible. Cincinnati signed the third most free agents of any team in baseball last summer and one of them was outfielder Jacob Hurtubise.
He spent four seasons playing for Army at West Point. In the past he would not have been eligible to play professional sports directly out of college and would have had to serve in the armed forces before making an attempt to come back to play. But that changed in the last year and a half, giving him the chance to play now and defer his service time until after his playing career.
In college he hit .301/.453/346 with 105 steals, 142 walks, and just 83 strikeouts. Through three games with the Dayton Dragons this year he’s kept on getting on base, hitting .250/.571/.375 thanks to five walks.
Just before the season began he spoke with the media that covers Dayton for 17 minutes, telling his story. It’s a good listen.