I've got a bit of a new feature. A friend of mine, Chris Kay, graciously agreed to do a bit of guest blogging for me. What makes him relevant is the fact that he is not an outsider-he has a lot of insight to share as a college baseballl player, especially one in the ACC. He recently started a blog about Detroit/Michigan sports aptly named "We Talkin Bout Practice?" that is definitely worth checking out. I'll let him take it away:
My name is Chris Kay and I am from Marietta, GA, the home of East Cobb Baseball. Because of this, I have played with many young talents like Josh Smoker, Michael Burgess, Tim Beckham, Michael Main, and many others. I currently am a sophomore catcher for Virginia Tech.
Here's the first player.. Weighing in at 6 foot 2 and 1 hundred and 85 poundsssssss. From Calhounnnnnnnn Georigaaaaaaaaa. Joshh Smoooooookeeeeerrrrrr. Ha sorry. Had a little too much fun right there.
Josh Smoker is a talented lefty pitcher from Calhoun, GA. He was the 31st pick (1st in Supplemental) of the 2007 draft. I first met Josh when I was 14 and playing for East Cobb. The first thing I thought was “What a great name for a hard throwing lefty.” The kid was throwing gas from a young age and everyone knew he was going to be great. He throws a pretty good 2 seamer, solid curve and change, and when it’s on, a nasty splitter. Josh is a very mature pitcher for his age, and really has the tools to become a front end of the rotation starter.
My favorite part about Josh is that he is such a great teammate and kid. He was very well brought up by his parents and you can tell by his manners. Over the last few years, he has learned to “flip the switch” per say, and turns into one hell of a competitor when he’s on the mound. Josh is a natural born winner and has won at every level. He has always been the guy that’s had the ball in his hands when the game or a championship has been on the line. Be excited Nats fans… Josh Smoker is a star in the making.
Thanks a lot to Chris for this guest blog. Chris will be doing this fairly regularly, so make sure to check back in here as well as over at his blog, We Talkin Bout Practice?