It's with great pleasure that I welcome into the fold here at The Hall of Very Good, San Diego Padres farmhand Matt Antonelli.
Matt is expected to do two things this season...compete for the starting gig at second for the friars Triple-A Portland Beavers and provide The Hall with a unique perspective unmatched by many independent baseball blogs.
In what will be a regular feature, "Matt's Mailbag", the Peabody, Massachusetts native will answer questions posed to him by fans. He will also be providing commentary and sharing insight on many of the topics The Hall will be tackling this upcoming season.
Now...a little about Antonelli.
Matt was drafted by the Padres in the first round (17th overall) of the 2006 Major League draft and quickly worked his way up through their minor league system.
In 2007, he was part of the Double-A San Antonio Missions championship team and almost a year later (September 2008), he was making his big league debut. In his first at bat for the Padres, Antonelli laced a single off future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.
Antonelli called Portland home in 2009 and, currently, is taking grounders and hitting the cage at the Padres spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona.
Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, cross your fingers and hope your question is the next one answsered as part of "Matt's Mailbag".