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KEIZER, Ore. - More than 1,500 names were listed on the Major League Baseball Amateur draft board earlier this month.
The two-day draft took place in Florida, but Brooks Lindsley followed the picks on the Internet from Longview.
As if on cue, Lindsley's computer crashed right before the 537th name appeared - his name.
While the 2005 Mountain View Joba Chamberlain White Jersey graduate waited Authentic Don Mattingly Grey Jersey for his computer to reboot, he received a phone call from a Yankees Joba Chamberlain Authentic Jersey San Francisco Giants scout.
"He said, 'Congratulations. You got picked in the 18th round,' " Lindsley said. "I was like, 'Really? Really? I did not know that.' It was a shock to me."
Since the draft, the shortstop out of Lower Columbia Community College spent a few days in Arizona at the Giants' spring training facility to fill out paperwork and take a physical Replica Derek Jeter White(Black Strip) Jersey examination. Lindsley then bypassed the Arizona Rookie League and is playing Class A short-season ball with the Salem-Keizer Yankees Don Mattingly Replica Jersey Volcanoes of the Northwest League.
"I went from playing in front of 20 people everyday (at Replica Derek Jeter Black Jersey LCC), and those were parents, to close to 3,000 a night in less than two years," Lindsley said.
For the time being, Lindsley is the Replica Derek Jeter Red Jersey only true shortstop on the Volcanoes' roster. He is batting .243 (9 for 37) with five RBI and four stolen bases in 12 games.
The short season features 74 games in 79 days. Lindsley is conditioned to play the demanding schedule since he was playing 60 games a Official Don Mattingly Jersey season in college.
Lindsley's junior college career in the Northwest also gave him an advantage at the plate, since Derek Jeter White(Pink Strip) Jersey he has been swinging wood bats in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Lindsley's collegiate career started at Mt. Hood CC and ended at LCC, both NWAACC schools.
"We kind of have a little more edge knowing how to swing with a wood bat," Lindsley said.
After graduating from Mountain View, Lindsley played a season at Mt. Hood where he hit .427 with two home runs and 31 RBI. In 2006, the Southern Division and NWAACC MVP was drafted by the Tampa Derek Jeter Grey Jersey Bay Devil Rays in the 33rd round (979th) as a draft-and-follow, but Lindsley became academically ineligible his sophomore season with the Saints.
"I was in a bad time in my life where I was Replica Derek Jeter Grey Jersey hanging out with the wrong crowd," Lindsley said. "I would have been here last year if I hadn't been hanging out with the wrong crowd. Everybody makes mistakes in their life and I'm here trying to do my best with my second chance."
Lindsley took a year off and then went to LCC, where the Joba Chamberlain Black Jersey standout led the Red Devils with a .434 batting average and 39 RBI. He was selected the NWAACC Western Division MVP.
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"The opportunity was right, Authentic Joba Chamberlain Grey Jersey my situation and home life was right. It was the best time for me to go right now," Lindsley said.
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"The hard part is repetition," Lindsley said. "I still haven't figured out everything there is to know about shortstop yet. I'm still figuring things out. I'm still trying to figure out that this is a faster-paced game the higher you get. I'm just trying to learn from experience now."
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"There's always an excitement and there's always this added self- imposed pressure that comes from every level," Trebelhorn said. "I think he's handled it all well. He came here as a real fine player. He's now settling down and becoming more of himself."
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In just a few short weeks, Lindsley has taken big steps in his career. Despite all the changes, he still can't think of one complaint.
"I love my life," he said. "I love everything about what's going on in my situation."