Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hanging with the Silver Hawks

When I was about 15 or 16 years old, I went to South Bend, Indiana to attend a week-long baseball camp at the University of Notre Dame. This was when Pat Murphy was coaching the Irish. Murphy would leave Notre Dame the following year to the 3rd head coach ever at Arizona State University. What stood out the most about South Bend was the great number of fast food restaurants near campus. In my mind, there was every kind of fast food chain available to midwesterners: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Kentucky Fried Chicken (before KFC), Popeye's, Brown's Chicken, Long John Silver's, Arby's, Dairy Queen, White Castle, Hardee's, and Taco Bell were each within a two block radius from campus.

This trip down memory lane was brought to us by a colleague of mine who mentioned his buddy was drafted in the 2nd round by the Diamondbacks last year.

He was talking of 21-year-old Eric Smith, from the University of Rhode Island, who's currently excelling in the starting rotation for the single-A South Bend Silver Hawks.

Smith looks like a good prospect. He's 5 and 3, with a 2.73 ERA, while striking out 7 per 9 innings and walking 2.7 per 9. He's given up just 3 Homeruns in 62 innings and has good ground ball numbers due to his heavy sinker.

Good luck, Eric. We hope and expect to root for you in the show one day.

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