September 2013

LHP Brian Johnson of the Greenville Drive

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Pitcher Brian Johnson (28) of the Greenville Drive pitches in his debut against the Charleston RiverDogs on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Johnson was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st Round (31st overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida. Charleston won, 5-0. Johnson is the No. 15 prospect for the Boston Red Sox, according to Baseball America. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

There is only one member of the 2013 Greenville Drive represented in the 2013 Topps Heritage Minor League card set, released yesterday. Thank goodness at least they used my photo . . .

Catcher Christian Bethancourt called up to Atlanta

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RHP Juilo Teheran, left, and catcher Christian Bethancourt, two of the Atlanta Braves’ top prospects, walk toward the bullpen before playing in a game against the Greenville Drive April 14, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt has been called up to Atlanta for September. It doesn’t seem like very long ago that he was in Greenville (above) catching Julio Teheran, who is now in the Atlanta rotation.

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Catcher Christian Bethancourt of the Atlanta Braves at Spring Training camp on March 13, 2009, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

I first photographed him at Spring Training in 2009 (above), when he looked to be about 16 years old. Actually, I think he was 17 at the time.

Daniel Bard claimed by the Chicago Cubs

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Pitcher Daniel Bard of the Greenville Drive, Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, in a game against the Columbus Catfish on June 16, 2007, at West End Field in Greenville, S.C.

The Chicago Cubs have claimed former Greenville Drive pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers from the Red Sox.

 

Former Drive LHP Cesar Cabral now with Yanks

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LHP Cesar Cabral (47) of the Greenville Drive, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, at a game against the West Virginia Power May 2, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former @GreenvilleDrive pitcher Cesar Cabral pitched briefly last night for the Yankees and his ERA remains at 0.00.

 

 

Pitcher David Hale gets the call from Atlanta

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RHP David Hale (28) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Greenville Drive April 12, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Hale, a third-round 2009 draft pick, was making his Class A debut. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Atlanta farmhand David Hale has been added to the Braves’ expanded September roster.

J.C. Boscan gets a chance with the Chicago Cubs

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Catcher J.C. Boscan (2) of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, warms up prior to a game against the Mobile BayBears on April 10, 2008, at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

The Chicago Cubs have recalled former Greenville Braves catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Iowa as a backup catcher.

I can’t think of anybody I’d rather see make the majors and stay there than J.C. He has paid plenty of dues. I’ve photographed him with the Greenville Braves, Mississippi Braves and Atlanta, and he’s had just a cup of coffee in the big leagues so far in his career.

Heath Hembree gets the call from the Giants

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Spartanburg Methodist College product Heath Hembree, a pitcher with the San Francisco Giants organization, works out with his former coaches for the SMC baseball team on Feb. 15, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former Broome High School and Spartanburg Methodist College pitcher Heath Hembree has been called up to the majors with the San Francisco Giants.

 

 

J.R. Murphy called up to the Yankees

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Catcher J.R. Murphy (21) of the Charleston RiverDogs in a game against the Greenville Drive on Aug. 24, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

I’m delighted to see that the Yanks have called up former Charleston catcher J.R. Murphy as part of the September call ups.

He remembered me from one season to the next — but that’s not the reason I’m happy.  He’s a terrific guy, a good prospect and I wish him all the best.