“Guest Blogger:Derek Hankins
Hey Pirates and Baseball Fans,
This is Derek “Big Ol Country” Hankins writing to you from the Arizona Fall League. First let me thank Jeff “The Train” Sues and MLB for selecting me to be a guest blogger during the fall league. I’ll first start off with telling you a little bit about my career so far. I was drafted in the 10th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2004 out of the University of Memphis. I began my career in short season ball in Williamsport and continued up the pirates chain where I got to Double A Altoona this past season. After a farely successful season in Altoona I was given this great opportunity by the Pirates to come to the Arizona Fall League. It has been an unbelievable learning experience out here getting to play with and against these very talented prospects. I think I can speak for the rest of the pirate prospects as well when I say “This is only gonna help all of our development and acieve our goals of making it to the big leagues very shortly.”
On another note it has also been a pleasure getting to know all the players from different organizations. We have a great team chemistry and really enjoyed being around each other in the clubhouse and most importantly on the field. I personally have enjoyed the bullpen and the batting practice conversations. We have covered just about every category of movie, tv show, and music in a game called password. It seems like there is never a dull moment anywhere in our clubhouse. It’s going to be a little hard leaving Arizona, because it truly has been one of the best experiences of my career up to this point. Thanks Again for the opportunity to chat with you all.