Geoff Young says:
September 23, 2010 at 11:14 am
Bryan: Nice article, thanks. It’s also worth mentioning that after Stauffer was drafted, he revealed a pre-existing injury to the Padres that dramatically reduced his signing bonus (by about $1.8M if memory serves). He really is a great story.
Bryan Smith says:
September 23, 2010 at 11:22 am
You know, I saw his bonus in my research on him (750K, I believe), and figured it had to be something like that, but had completely forgot about it. Funny to see how quickly time changes with a guy like Barret Loux and the Diamondbacks this year.
Hard not to root for Stauffer, no doubt about it.
September 23, 2010 at 11:24 am
As his draft status shows, the talent was always there. Another problem he had when he was younger, besides injury, was mental makeup. He had zero confidence on the mound and it showed. Now, towards the end of 2009 and all of this season, he looks like a completely different pitcher. You have to think he’s pitched his way into the Padres’ 2011 rotation.
September 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm
FJM CAME TO DEADSPIN?! :D
dan woytek says:
September 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm
There’s also really good stuff about Stauffer in the Last Best League, his summer with the Chatham A’s on the Cape.
September 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm
I KNOW!!! Why didn’t anyone tell me?
September 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Tim Stauffer has been invaluable for the Padres this season and it’s great seeing him do well after all he’s been through. Let’s hope he keeps pitching well to keep the good story coming.
September 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm
He and Clayton Richard have kept the Padres afloat in September. If Garland and Latos can reprise their mid-season form, San Diego might make the playoffs after all. Wouldn’t that be cool.
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