SDSU Star and Oakland A’s Sixth Round Draft Pick Time Travels Back to 2006

What if you could go back in time and give one piece of advice to your 12-year-old self? What would it be? I asked SDSU's former No. 1 starter and the Oakland A's sixth round draft pick, Bubba Derby, that question. Now of course, when I asked Bubba what piece of advice he would give his 12-year-old self, I was really looking for a jewel I could give to Lefty and his 12U teammates. I found it. Bubba: If I could talk to my 12-year-old self I would just say to always have fun and never doubt God's plan for you. That's because in the game of baseball, there are only certain things you can control. The rest, you can't. So, the best thing to do is go out everyday thankful and play with everything you have. Have fun, play hard, live in the moment and be thankful every step of the way. Great advice for Lefty and for us all. Follow Bubba as he begins his professional career with the AZL Athletics.  
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Player Spotlight – Drew Heid

I would like to thank Drew on giving his insight on what it takes to get to the professional level. I was thrilled when Drew agreed to answer some questions for the benefit of young players and parents. Drew plays in The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization spending time with the AA Arkansas Travelers and AAA Salt Lake Bees in 2014. In his minor league career, he has 1514 at bats with a .289 average. He was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Gonzaga University. He was rated Best Strike Zone Discipline in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim system after the 2012 season. I had Lefty sit down and read Drew's answers and then I asked him for his thoughts. Lefty said the part that made him think the most is when Drew said he always believes he's the best player on the field. Lefty said maybe he should also give himself permission to believe he's the best player on the field. But he also read that humi…
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Player Spotlight – Brandon Bentson

I met Brandon Bentson last month while interviewing Coach Hause at Cal State San Marcos.  I asked Brandon a few questions that day and knew right away he would be a great candidate for the player spotlight.  I wish every young player could read his answer to my question on "when did you know you had the ability to play at the college level".  I can't wait for Lefty to read Brandon's inspiring words.  I know you will enjoy them too. Brandon is a 20-year-old junior at Cal State San Marcos where he hit .339 last year. He graduated from Ranch Bernardo High School in 2012 where he batted .430.  TheRustyArm: What position(s) do you play? Brandon: First base TheRustyArm: When did you start playing baseball? Brandon: I started playing baseball when I was about three years old in a recreational tee ball league in Rancho Bernardo. TheRustyArm: When did you start playing travel baseball? Brandon: I started playing travel baseball when I was thirteen years old for the California Loo…
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Player Spotlight – Jimmy Monahan

  Jimmy Monahan is 13 years old and lives in Orange County, CA.  From the sound of it, he has a great understanding of the game. Read about what he believes got him this far and his advice to younger players...I am sure every coach would love to have a player with this type of attitude and work ethic. Good luck Jimmy!! TheRustyArm: Where do you currently play baseball? Jimmy: Currently I play for Baseball West Coast in Irvine, CA. TheRustyArm: What position(s) do you play? Jimmy: The positions I play are Pitcher and Outfield. TheRustyArm: When did you start playing baseball? Jimmy: I started playing baseball when I was 4 years old. TheRustyArm: When did you start playing travel baseball? Jimmy: I started playing travel ball when I was 10 years old. TheRustyArm: Do you play any sports besides baseball? Jimmy: I also play soccer along with baseball. TheRustyArm: Do you have private instructions or lessons? Jimmy: I take private instruction for pitching with To…
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Player Spotlight – Tyler Holmes

  Tyler Holmes is beginning his sophomore year in high school.  When I received his answers to my questions, I was more than pleased to Spotlight him.  Check out his answer to the question on advice to young players.  I made sure I showed that along with all of Tyler's answers to Lefty. It is my pleasure to spotlight Tyler Holmes. TheRustyArm: Where do you currently play? Tyler:  I play for San Marcos High School and, in the summer, for the Gorillas BBC. TheRustyArm: What position(s) do you play? Tyler:​ I play middle infield, pitch, and play a little outfield​. TheRustyArm: When did you start playing baseball? Tyler:​ I started playing baseball at the age of 5​ TheRustyArm: When did you start playing travel baseball? Tyler:​ I started playing travel baseball when I turned 10​. TheRustyArm: Did you play multiple sports growing up? Tyler:​ I also played football, basketball and soccer​. TheRustyArm: Did you have private instruction? Tyler: ​ Yes, I have rece…
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Every Team Wants a Guy Like Matt Long

"A guy that's very easy to like on and off the field, ...the grinder, Matt Long."  Taylor Ward Scout.com "Hey Matt, will you take a picture with my son?"  As I shouted those words at the Peoria Sports complex back in March, I was not sure if I would get the photo.  But true to everything I have read about Matt Long, he walked over, put an arm around Lefty and I got this photo. May not seem like the most earth shattering moment to you, but to me it was exactly what I wanted out of a Spring Training game with Lefty.  I got the opportunity to tell Lefty about Matt Long, the type of ball player I would be proud of Lefty becoming. Matt crossed my radar this year as I watched the Angel's spring training games.  Every time he was in the game, he seemed to make something happen.  According to Scout.com, he isn't big by stature or overall size at 5' 11", and 175 pounds, but what he lacks in size, he has in hustle.  Long has a combination of hitting the ball hard, good running on the …
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