La Prise: Aspires to follow in the footsteps of his favourite Blue Jay

DUNEDIN, FLA. – Four games into his junior year at the University of Virginia, John La Prise was sidelined with a hip injury that required season-ending surgery. Though, that had no effect on the Toronto Blue Jays front office as they selected the former Cavalier infielder/outfielder in the 19th round, (572nd overall), of the 2015 MLB draft.

Rays catcher doesn’t consider later stint a comeback

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A lifelong dream that Blake Grant-Parks achieved at 17 disappeared months later. The robust catcher was originally drafted in 2011 by the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization but did not sign because of a right shoulder labral tear that required surgery, ultimately axing the deal. The trying time proved to be a […]

Kirkland finds new velocity after Tommy John

LAKELAND, Fla. – Johnnie Kirkland is part of the long list of pitchers whose career has been saved by Tommy John surgery. The right-handed hurler in the Detroit Tigers organization, looking to move up from pitching in the short-season New York-Penn League the last two years, believes that the often-feared surgery – that replaces the […]

Astros prospect Sanudo wants to show dominant season was no fluke

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Reliever Gonzalo Sanudo hopes a dominant 2013 season can land him a big-league job. In 2013, the 22-year-old Mexican native was dominant at three different levels while playing for the Greeneville (Rookie league), Tri-City (Low Class A) and a short stint in Corpus Christi (Double A).