Jamaica was pretty cool. And by that I mean very hot. I feel guilty about being away while trees were crashing down around our neighbors’ homes, but who knew the weather here would be so lousy? (At least our flight back to Newark was delayed by a couple of hours coming back, but it could have been a lot worse (same carrier/hub/destination).)
Had a chance to play a fair amount of tennis, which leads me to this story.
On the court I saw a gentleman wearing one of those Israeli campaign hats. We got to talking and I mentioned the paper and the blog and he told me a relative of his was a hot prospect in the Yankees farm system.
Sure enough, he was talking about Jeremy Bleich, a non-roster invitee at Spring Training.
Bleich is a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher who played for the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder last year after making his pro debut in 2008. Overall, he’s 9-10 in his early career.
Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook lists him as the number nine prospect in the Yankees’ system. Not too shabby. He’s been in a couple of ST games, allowing no runs and one hit in 2/3 of an inning. He’ll probably start the season back in Trenton.
Bit of trivia: the New Orleans-born Bleich attended the same high school as Eli and Peyton Manning.