Any chance that Bradley Zimmer breaks camp with the Cleveland Indians at the end of spring training in 2017 may come down to how well he performs in Arizona this fall.
Zimmer, the Indians’ top prospect in the farm system, was one of eight minor leaguers named by Cleveland to participate in the annual Arizona Fall League as members of the Mesa Solar Sox. Joining Zimmer in the Mesa outfield will be Double-A Akron’s Greg Allen. High-A Lynchburg’s Yu-Cheng Chang will be on the roster at short. Three relievers – Trevor Frank (Lynchburg), Cameron Hill (Akron), and David Speer (Akron) – will get additional work in the Solar Sox bullpen, while right-handed starter Michael Peoples (Akron) will also be on the roster.
Akron’s Eric Haase is also on the club as one of the taxi squad members, activated just twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
In the game of baseball there are two fundamental and opposing goals. On the offensive side of the game the goal is to score runs – more runs for your team means you win the game. A fairly simple calculus, in principle. Whether you are pitching or playing defense, the name of the game is to get outs.
Hidden within the bullpen of the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats is a pitcher, David Speer, who has built his career on that simple premise, getting batters out. More often than not, when he makes an appearance, outs are the likely consequence of his time on the mound.
At 22, David Speer has already lived out a lot of dreams.
He’s lived out every teenager’s dream of moving to a city with endless opportunity, living in New York City.
He’s lived out every high schooler’s dream of spending four years at an Ivy League college in attending – and graduating from – Columbia University.
And now, he’s living out the dream of every young boy who steps onto a baseball diamond in playing professional baseball.