I’m no expert, but I’m guessing it’s not every year that you find a baseball draft pick out of the Savannah College of Art and Design, but that’s where the Braves got Richard Sullivan last year.
That chance is paying off now as the former illustration major pitched a complete-game shutout today.
Now with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Sullivan, 22, is 2-1 in high Class A. He gave up three hits and two walks while striking out nine to pick up the win in a 6-1 victory over Winston-Salem.
I’ve had a total of about 90 seconds to photograph Sullivan this year, but I managed to get a few shots, including this one, at Spring Training.
I had worse luck during the regular season. I photographed Myrtle Beach this year before he arrived, and Rome after he left. Sometimes it just works out that way. If you’re doing well you can move up quickly. He was 4-1 in low Class A Rome before the promotion.
17 March 2009: LHP Richard Sullivan of the Atlanta Braves at Spring Training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images