Editor’s Note: All of our minor-league writers engage our readers with first-hand knowledge of playing in a major-league team’s farm system. Each one will be blogging about his journey through the minors with the goal of making it to that last stop — the bigs!
Michael Fabiaschi, Athletics — Vermont Lake Monsters
Michael is a minor league baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. He was drafted in June 2010 and played his first professional season in Vancouver. He graduated from James Madison University with a B.B.A. in Finance.
Dan Taylor, Diamondbacks — Visalia Rawhide
A 2005 graduate of Jenison High School and a 2009 graduate of Central Michigan University, Dan just completed his third season of pro ball with the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a 21st-round selection in 2009, he was named the organizational pitcher of the month in his second month with the D-Backs and started the 2010 campaign in the low-A Midwest League. After a strong start, Dan was promoted to the high-A California League, where he finished out the season with multiple player-of-the-week accolades. As a four-year letter winner and starting pitcher at CMU, Dan collected two All-MAC selections, and team MVP and Captain awards. Dan also ranks fifth all-time in innings pitched and seventh in strikeouts. Upon leaving CMU, Dan put two academic All-MAC selections under his belt, as well, to go with his Bachelor of Science degree. Beyond baseball, Dan spent two years at CMU interning on the strength and conditioning staff, where he worked with all 14 varsity sports. His responsibilities included, but were not limited to, designing off-season training programs and running workouts. In his spare time, Dan has acquired an ACE certification for personal training, too. Most importantly, though, is Dan’s dedication to the people he works with and the passion he brings every day attempting to repeat the body’s best all-out effort.
Tyler Stohr, Detriot Tigers — Salt River Rafters
Pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization. Drafted in 2008 by the Tigers out of the University of North Florida, where I studied Sport Management. My minor league career has taken me from Oneonta, NY (SS) in ’08 to Grand Rapids, MI (Low A) in ’09, to a short stint in Lakeland, FL (Hi A) in ’10 before being sidelined with Tommy John surgery. In 2011, I split the year between Lakeland, FL (Hi A) and Erie, PA (double-A). The fall of 2011 found me playing for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League where my team won the 2011 AFL Championship and I was added to the Tigers 40-man roster. Residing in Jacksonville, FL, I currently spend my offseason working out, hunting and following the man upstairs.Former Minor League Players
Ryan Shopshire, Blue Jays
Former pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.