In his career at Arizona State University, Brett Bordes switched between roles as a starter and a reliever. After his junior season in 2005, he had shown enough to warrant a 24th round selection from the Detroit Tigers, but Bordes wasn't satisfied. He returned for his senior season and concentrated on relieving, with enough success to warrant a 9th round selection from the Baltimore Orioles.
In his professional debut, Bordes made short work of his competition. Fellow southpaws hit only .043/.135/.043 against him. That's right, a .177 OPS. And right-handers didn't do much better, indicating that Bordes need not be confined to a LOOGY role. 2007 will be his full-season debut, but Bordes doesn't figure to stick around the minor leagues too long. He has the potential to zoom past a few levels this year and put himself in a position to challenge for a spot on the 25-man roster as soon as 2008. I was fortunate enough to catch up to Brett Bordes recently and ask him a few questions:
ITW: How do you like pitching on the East Coast?
Brett Bordes: I have enjoyed it very much. Last season at Aberdeen was a tremendous experience for me. Playing in Ripken Stadium, I got to see Cal and Billy there. It was the first time I have ever played in the Northeast and it was a very good experience all around. The fans were great and the team was fun to play on.
ITW: Have the Orioles told you where you will be playing this year?
Brett Bordes: They haven't given us definite assignments yet. I had a meeting with the staff here and they told me they were very pleased with the season I had last year. They were very complimentary of my pitching and were very encouraging to me. I am thinking I may end up in Frederick, because of the number of leftys Delmarva already has in their bullpen this season.
ITW: I always enjoyed watching Arizona State University play- how is your former teammate, Dustin Pedroia, doing?
Brett Bordes: Dustin just got married. He is my best friend and I wish him the best. He might be starting at second this year for the Red Sox.
John Kazlo is a contributor to Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via e-mail at JohnKazlo@comcast.net