Trenton Thunder pitcher Josh Schmidt was kind enough to talk to me before Saturday's game, despite being exhausted. The team arrived at seven that morning from a series in Erie and skipped BP. Schmidt is one of five Thunder players who've been named to the All Star team. It is not his first stint, he was also selected in his first professional season with Single A Tampa.
"It's been a fun ride," he says of the first half of the season. "I try to do the same thing day in and day out and keep it consistent."
I asked him if he was excited (yes, my name is Princess Obvious) or if he was nervous. "Hopefully I'll do well. They have 11 or 12 pitchers, so I don't know if I'll get in."
Schmidt is 7-1 with a 1.34 ERA. He goes back to the C word, in what's made him successful so far.
"It's really just about consistency. I don't throw hard. It's about being able to throw the ball where I want to."
I also chatted with New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins) manager Tom Nieto who also has five of his players going to the All Star Game: Pitchers Anthony Slama and Matt Fox, OF Rene Tosoni, 2B Brian Dinkelman and 1B Whit Robbins.
"When we started the season we were, 2-10. So we got off to a really slow start. But the one thing that these guys have always done is play hard," he said before the start of Monday's game. "Their work ethic is damn good."
In other Twins minor league news, they've recently suffered a setback with pitcher Kevin Slowey going on the 15 day DL, and the club called up Triple A righty Anthony Swarzak.
Meanwhile, following my rounds at Trenton yesterday, the Thunder went on to win 7-6, in a 14 inning marathon over the Rockcats. Justin Snyder doubled to end it. I'm imagining those guys felt like a dirt nap at the conclusion of that one.
I'll be doing a story coming up on the Thunder's youth camps and have enjoyed getting to know the Thunder players, some of whom will participate in the camps. Unfortunately, my Phillies stories yesterday were not winners. I wound up with nothing because the players I needed to talk to were otherwise occupied.
What I do for baseball.