Spring started, I decided to move into the hotel. It is closer to
the field and we get breakfast and dinner here. Now, I am going to
take this opportunity to introduce everyone to my roommate. He is a
pitcher by the name of Mike Marbry and we were teammates in Asheville
in 07. I thought that we could do this in a question and answer
forms. All of the questions will be asked by me, and I know most of
What is your
What is your
Hill, NC. Home of the 2009 NCAA Basketball Champions.”
Where did you
play your college ball?
Did you do any
pitching in college?
I actually hadn’t pitched since middle school. For my Junior and
Senior I was
everyday shortstop. My first two years I was mostly a defensive
I started about 30 games in those 2 years”
So, take us
through your journey as a college shortstop to Rockies Extended
Spring Training Pitcher, and roommate of Casey Weathers.
was a senior free agent sign with the Braves in 06′. I played one
then I was released. After that I finished school, and I worked at a
baseball academy giving hitting lessons. I was fooling around
pitching one day off of the mound and the owner told me that he
thought I had the potential to pitch. Through a friend the
Asheville manager Joe Mikulik got to see me throw a bullpen. I
showed a low 90′s fastball and the makings of a slider and that
coupled with my raw ability I could turn into an asset for the
So you reported
straight to Asheville, where you met me. How was that experience?
big leagued me for the first week I was there. You didn’t say one
word to me.”
What? No way! I
was the nicest guy on the team.
but you must have been pretty shy or pretty busy to not talk to me
for a week.”
Well that just
sounds ridiculous. What made you want to room with me during
obvious answer. Anything else?
we are both converted position players, and you eventually spoke to
were in Asheville. So far you have been clean but we do have maids
that clean our room for us.
What is the most important thing you have learned from me?
have to throw hard to throw hard.”
A very good
piece of advice. Thank you very much for helping me with this blog.
problem. I have to spend time with you since we share a hotel room.”