August 1, 2009: RHP Matthew Hobgood (34) of the Bluefield Orioles, 2009
first round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, pitches at Howard Johnson
Field in Johnson City, Tenn. He was 2008 Los Angeles Times Player of
the Year and Gatorade National Player of the Year out of Norco High
School in Norco, Calif. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images
Four shooters from Four Seam Images/ Baseball America/ MinorLeagueBaseball.com all showed up at the same rookie league game last night in Johnson City, Tenn., an occurrence more rare than a total eclipse of the sun.
And although we all compete with each other, we had a good time talking, having our own picture made and trying to stay out of each others’ way.
The main target of our attention was Matthew Hobgood, a 2009 first round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, fresh out of high school and still wearing braces.
Hobgood didn’t enjoy the evening as much as we did. He lasted only two innings, giving up three runs on six hits and boosting his ERA to 7.20