TigsTown Player Journal: Spring Training

Welcome to a new feature at TigsTown.com - the TigsTown Player Journal! This season, Tigers' minor league pitcher Scot Drucker will keep the readers informed of how the season is going, and what life is like in the minor leagues. Check out Scot's first entry on spring training!

Hello Tiger Nation, my name is Scot Drucker and I will be doing a player journal throughout this season. I attended the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee. In 2004, I was drafted by the Oakland Athletics and played with them until last spring. Unfortunately, I was released out of camp in 2008 and played independent baseball for the Grand Prairie Airhogs under skipper Pete Incaviglia. I was signed in July by the Detroit Tigers and was sent to the Erie SeaWolves to finish up the season.

Whenever you join a new team you don't know what to expect, especially with spring training. Coming from the Oakland Athletics organization I was used to heading out west to Scottsdale, Arizona. This year I was just a three-hour drive up north from Miami to Lakeland for camp. I headed out a week early this year to get a head start on camp and meet some of the players and coaches in the organization.

With the player journal this season I hope to keep the fans up to date on the season with my teams progress and the behind the scenes look of a current minor league ball player. I will cover the long strenuous road trips, different array of fast food spots we stop, and the preparation for each game day in and day out. If anyone has any questions I will be happy to try to answer all of them as well

While with Oakland during the moneyball era I was always used to being around pitchers who were around six foot tall and threw in the mid 80's to low 90's. When I arrived to Detroit's facility, I saw that I definitely did not stand out physically here. Everyday I'm surrounded by 6'3" - 6'7" players with very powerful "rocket canon" arms. There is a lot of competition at camp to go with the about 91 pitchers at camp.

A normal day at camp starts around 8:30am with stretching and throwing. We then break into our "work groups" (which are the low-A, high-A, Double-A, and Triple-A teams). From there we do PFP (pitcher fielding practice, TFP (team fielding practice), and batting practice. The facilities here are great because there are dorms and cafeteria on-site, which allow for us to get everything accomplished in one place. After lunch we play games against the Astros, Nationals, and the Braves.

We have six more days of camp here and rosters should start shaping up in the next couple of days. Your guess is as good as mine as to where players will be headed this season. Our job is to continue to improve everyday and of course stay healthy, because you can't make the "club in the tub".

During my offseason I, along with two friends started up a sneaker engine for rare and vintage sneakers called Superkix.com. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I'll talk about the idea more in the next journal.

TigsTown would like to thank Scot and welcome him to the TigsTown family! If you have a question for Scot, please email it to Paul Wezner at Paul@TigsTown.com with the header 'Scot Drucker Mailbag'.

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