Easley Replaces Schmidt on AFL Roster
Ed Easley
Senior Editor
Posted Nov 2, 2010

Konrad Schmidt, who hasn't played in the Arizona Fall League since October 13, has finally been officially replaced on the Scottsdale Scorpions' roster by former top prospect Ed Easley. Schmidt's injury has been reported as a tear in his left labrum.

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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