As odd as it may be, JD Martin's invite to spring training got me thinking. For whatever reason, I've been rooting for him since his 2005 breakout season (56IP, 63K, 8BB). Maybe I want to salvage something from that 2001 draft, maybe I have an affinity for short RHPs, maybe I sympathize with a guy who has talent but who has been on the injury fringe for the past few years. Regardless, it made me realize that there are a handful of guys in our minor league system that I adopt as "my guys", and pay attention to more than others.
A few others also on my current list are:
Nick Weglarz - He's a popular pick now, but I think it was the small sample size of his high school experience - in Canada, no less - and the whiskey tango foxtrot of a very young third round pick in 2005 that put him on the list.
Scott Lewis - It was the courage of the pick in 2004 that did it for me. More than the courage, perhaps, was what I thought was the intelligence of the pick - take a guy who struck out 36 guys in consecutive games and trust your medical staff to bring him back into the fold and give you first round-pick value.
I've got more favorites, but that's not the point of this diary. The point is this: who are some of the guys you root for, and why? Make me a fan of somebody I don't currently follow. Go.