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To The Backstop--Week 1

To The Backstop--Week 1

In our first installment of To the Backstop, Double-A Tennessee Smokies catcher Phil Avlas answers your questions as best he can.  Phil is currently recovering from an ankle injury that occurred when a baserunner slid into him during a play at the plate, but he was kind enough to take some time out to answer your questions. Hit the FutureBacks.com Message Boards beginning Monday for the chance to ask Phil a question and win a 30 day premium subsciption to FutureBacks.com.

I would like to know if the competition to get to the major leagues makes the minor league team tense and unfriendly. How much do politics (versus skill) affect who goes and who stays? --Gabe, Scottsdale, AZ   There is a little bit of politics, because the high pick prospects get more opportunities than the low pick prospects.  It is also a pretty competitive environment all the way up through...

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