The Arizona Diamondbacks do not consider the injury to Konrad Schmidt very
serious, particularly since it comes in his non-throwing shoulder. They
are not opting for surgery at this point, instead working on rehabbing and
strengthening the tendons and muscles in his shoulder.
Ed Easley and Konrad Schmidt could not be more polar opposites. The
clean-cut Easley is a former supplemental round pick (61st overall in 2007),
while Schmidt went undrafted and has a distinctive Fu-Manchu mustache.
Schmidt has been a pleasant surprise, batting .298 through 365 minor league
games before making his major league debut in September. Easley has been a
huge disappointment, hitting just .240 in 329 games, only 72 of which have come
above A-ball. Whereas Easley has spent time at first base, designated
hitter, and third base due to questions about his defense, Schmidt is considered
one of the best all-around defensive backstops in the organization.
This is Easley's best chance to put himself back on the prospect radar.
He turns 25 in December, and could be cut before next season if he cannot hang
with the other AFL prospects. Easley went 0-for-3 in his AFL debut.
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