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.
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.
Comment by Bryan Smith — September 23, 2010 @ 11:22 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.