Every year in June approximately 1500 new players out of high school and college are chosen for the amateur baseball draft and sent to play in the minor leagues. Trying to make it in the fiercely competitive world of professional baseball can make or break you. “Time in the Minors” documents the 2006 season in the lives of two minor league players on their formidable journey in trying to reach the major leagues.
John (19), a High School All-American center fielder from San Diego, California is selected in the first round of the 2005 amateur baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians and offered a one million dollar signing bonus. After the June draft John is sent to the Indians rookie league team in Burlington, North Carolina, and over the course of a few months struggles to live up to the hype of being a first-round pick. 2006 will mark John’s first full season in professional baseball.
Tony (28), a 6th-round draft pick in 1998 out of Omaha, Nebraska is an 8-year veteran of the minor leagues. In 2005, after a solid season playing at Triple-A Pawtucket, RI, Tony receives an invite to spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers auditioning for a roster spot with the major league team. Tony has yet to play at the major league level thus far and the 2006 season may be his last shot to make it.
What’s it like trying to make it to the Major Leagues? Follow each player from preseason and beyond through the ups and downs of a life in professional baseball, and the dream that keeps their hopes alive.