Jessica Quiroli, over at the excellent baseball blog High Heels on the Field, has done a Q&A with BlueClaws OF Brian Gump, who began the year with Clearwater, came back to Lakewood in une, broke his arm on July 4th, rehabbed hard to play again this year, and won a title with the GCL Phillies, and then re-joined the BlueClaws for the playoffs, where he was the starting RF on another title team:
This year certainly threw a lot of curveballs at me. I really feel like all the level jumping allowed me to experience being in just about every role there is in professional baseball player, from being a bench/role player in High A, to being an every day starter bottom of the lineup guy in low A, to being a run producing middle to top of the lineup guy in the GCL while I was rehabbing, to being on the DL while I was injured. Although, this was definitely not the ideal year that I had in mind, the experience that it offered me is incredibly valuable. I really feel like I have a more complete perspective on minor league baseball as a result of being sandwiched between the lower and upper levels of minor league ball and seeing many of my teammates move up to AA and hear about their experiences. It certainly hasn’t been all fun for me this year, but I think it has provided me with countless essential individual experiences and a wholistic experience that will serve me well as my career moves ahead.
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