A fourth player with Madison County ties — Anderson native Jake Roberts — spent the spring with the Diamondbacks when his contract was purchased after one season with the independent Windy City Thunderbolts.
Roberts' story is unique. He began pitching last June 27 when he signed with the Thunderbolts and immediately posted a 1-1 record with a 1.66 ERA, surrendering just 15 hits in 21 2/3 innings.
He's currently awaiting assignment within the D-Backs' organization, where he hopes to continue his inspiring rise.
And, really, isn't that what spring is for? Hope and the promise of a new beginning?
Whether you're a seasoned veteran like Bobby Abreu or a fresh face like Jake Roberts, it's all about opportunity.
The fun is in watching players attempt to cash in.