Results tagged ‘ Greenville Braves ’

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.

Adam Wainwright in Class AA in 2003

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Pitcher Adam Wainwright of the Greenville Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, waits out a rain delay in the clubhouse, his pitching arm wrapped, on April 4, 2003, at Greenville Municipal Stadium in Greenville, South Carolina. Wainwright is now an All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals. Copyright (c) 2003 Tom Priddy. 

This one of my favorite shots of Adam Wainwright from 10 years ago, mainly because it’s something you don’t see very often. I’m not sure I’d be allowed inside to shoot anything like this today.

Rays farmhand Winston Abreu finally gets noticed

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Winston Abreu of the Greenville Braves works out in Greenville Memorial Stadium in Greenville, S.C., taken June 14-17, 2001. Photo by Tom Priddy. 
It was a pleasant surprise to find that former Greenville Brave pitcher Winston Abreu has been named Minor League Baseball’s Triple-A reliever of the year. 
I get out to the ballpark early most days, and I see the players who take extra infield, or extra batting practice or extra running and weights. And I don’t think anyone I’ve seen worked harder or longer than Winston Abreu.
Signed by the Braves in 1993, Abreu has been all over the minors and has attracted the attention of baseball coaches, too.
“He’s a good pitcher and a great kid,” Durham manager Charlie Montoyo told Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. “He’s one of my favorites. I could talk about him all day. He’s the first guy at the clubhouse every day working out, one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. Sometimes I have to tell him to slow down, it’s a long season, but he says ‘This is just how I am.'”
I photographed him in Greenville in 2000 and 2001, and then lost track of him for several years. I wrote about him (link below) in 2006 when he made his his Major League debut. 
Writes Mayo: “The 32-year-old went 3-1 with a 1.94 ERA and 15 saves in 37 games for Durham. He gave up just 23 hits over 51 innings for a ridiculous .133 batting average against while walking only 16 and striking out 77. He played a big part in helping the Bulls reach the International League playoffs, then saved four games in six scoreless outings to get them to the Triple-A National Championship Game.”
So far he’s only had a cup of coffee with two Major League organizations. But maybe that will change in 2010. It’s about time.

Pitcher Brock Huntzinger of the Drive

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       July 9, 2009: RHP Brock Huntzinger (24) of the Greenville Drive, No. 29 
       prospect of the Boston Red Sox, in a game against the Rome Braves at 
       Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/
       Four Seam Images
On a positive note, now I’m gonna try just posting a photo I like. I took it last night at my home park, Fluor Field. No controversy; just a nice shot of pitcher Brock Huntzinger.
I’m trying to forget about the Frenchy trade.
It isn’t working very well . . . but I’m giving it a shot.

Former Greenville Brave Jose Capellan looks sharp

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Astros pitcher Jose Capellan, who played for the Greenville Braves years ago, pitched five scoreless innings against the Braves today in his first official start of the year.
After bouncing around the league with several teams, he signed a minor league contract with Houston in January. He’s fighting for a spot on the roster.
I photographed Jose in Greenville, and for years had a photo of him hanging on my home office wall. It was a kick to see him again.