Q&A: Garrett Broshuis, Former Minor League Pitcher

25 04 2011

Garrett Broshuis (Credit: Tom Clifton/Flickr.com)

I recently had the chance to talk to former minor-league pitcher Garrett Broshuis. Broshuis spent five years in the San Francisco Giants’ farm system, making it up to AAA before calling it quits in 2009. Now age 29, Broshuis is studying at Saint Louis University School of Law. He also runs a blog called Life In The Minors and frequently writes guest columns for Baseball America about the minor-league experience. Below is an excerpt of our conversation:

What went into your decision to call it a career in 2009? Was it a difficult decision? 

It was a difficult decision. Anytime you’ve devoted a good portion of your life to something–and all of your adult life–it’s not easy to give it up. My life revolved around this game. I became accustomed to putting on that uniform each night, to stepping on the green grass, to hanging out with the guys, and to performing. Yet my dream wasn’t to be a minor league baseball player. Once I came to the realization that my dream probably wasn’t going to happen, I had to seriously think about giving it up.  Read the rest of this entry »


Q&A: Josh Norris, The Trentonian

3 04 2011

I spoke with Josh Norris, who covers the Trenton Thunder (the New York Yankees’ AA-affiliate team) for the Trentonian. Below are some excerpts from our chat:

Making the Majors: On average, how long does the average minor league career last?

Josh Norris: It really depends on a lot of things—where you’re drafted, or if you’re a high school player versus a college player. Obviously, if a team drafts you with a higher pick, they’re going to push you through the minors quicker. But if you’re a high school player, they’re going to compensate sometimes for your lack of seasoning in high school.

Take a kid like Adam Warren. He was drafted in the fourth round in the 2009 draft, from the University of North Carolina. Last year was his second professional season, and he went from High-A Tampa to Trenton. This year he’ll probably start in Triple-A Scranton. So in just about two professional seasons, he’s almost in the major leagues.

Then there’s Slade Heathcott, who was drafted in the first round in 2009.  He was a little more raw because he was coming straight out of high school. He doesn’t know what professional life is like, so it takes a little longer for him to get adapted to things like long bus rides and managing money, aside from developing his skills as a player. They’re taking things a little slower with him because of the fact that he’s younger. There’s always the exception to every rule, but for the most part that’s how it goes.

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