Michael Lewis profiled Princeton reliever 36/1110 David Kubiak:
Kubiak, 22, is in his first season after he was drafted by the Rays in June following a career at the University of Albany. So, it has been an eye-opener.
“To play Division I baseball, you see a lot of good talent,” he said. “There’s some teams that you see are a lot better than other teams. Some players really standout. It’s funny how you really haven’t seen one person or anything that doesn’t stand out to be here because everyone is just very, very good. Every player makes the routine plays look routine. They look so athletic and everybody is so fast here. That is a little bit of a change.”
Through last weekend’s games, the 6-7, 245 pound right-hander has a 2-2 record with a 3.80 ERA, striking out 29 and walking only four in 21 innings over 12 appearances. He has allowed four homers.
“I really didn’t change too much my pitching approach,” Kubiak said. “I don’t throw 95, so I’m not going to throw the ball by anybody. I kind of just pitch to contact. I have been doing pretty well with that.”
Will Hammock had this from 1s/59 Grayson Garvin on negotiations and his health:
Baseball America reported that Garvin received a $370,000 signing bonus, below the slot value of that spot of $614,700, because the Rays were concerned with something in his medical report from a 2009 injury. The whole negotiation process showed the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder a different side of baseball.
"The negotiation was kind of unexpected," Garvin said. "As an amateur athlete, you don't see that business side of it. My eyes were kind of opened a little bit to that."
He earned Cape Cod League pitcher of the year honors in the summer of 2010, rebounding from arm pain that flared up in 2009. "I feel great now," Garvin said. "I haven't had any problems this year or last year or in the summer. I fully expect it not to be a problem."
Garvin expects to begin his career in Port Charlotte, Fla., with the Rays' instructional league team. He has been working out on his own this summer since Vandy's season ended, spending most of his time with Lawrenceville-based trainer Ryan Goldin.
Video profile of unsigned 13/420 Tanner English: