Atkins in Winter Haven, checking out the draft picks.
Futures Game -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - continues to pitch at an above-average level for his age; 1 BB/6 K is common with him in many of his starts. His athleticism, his power - very exciting for the Indians.
C Max Ramirez - acquired in the Bob Wickman trade. He's coming along at a very nice pace. They are wanting to make sure he wants to catch as much as he wants to hit; has made some incredible strides defensively.
Tim Bogar - AA manager is a Futures World Coach; he's been a successful manager for his whole career. He wins and he develops players - great on both fronts. Good communicator, good interaction with every player - will be a difference maker in the game.
Atkins - down in Winter Haven; introductory level, very fun for him and other Indians' coaches because every single player is a prospect and is on the way up. The way you can make a difference with an 18-19-YO player starts right here at the introductory meetings.