This is Spring Break Beat
We are an experienced group of student journalists at the University of Kansas covering minor league players during the home stretch of spring training.
In 2018, our class partnered with the Kansas City Royals, conducted in-depth interviews and produced features of the best prospects. Through the experience, students produced outstanding work, gaining valuable insights and creating great stories. This year, we have partnered with the Colorado Rockies.
The minor league story is one of toil and persistence. During camp, 8 a.m. training includes position work, team work – Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A – and individual instruction. Games begin at 1 p.m.
Daily, rosters shuffle like cards in a Vegas deck. Players rise and fall in the ranks between the four levels. By camp’s end, a few qualify for the 25-man big league roster. Many more are told their services are no longer needed.
Whether the players become Major League legends or are lost to baseball history, the students will always remember their time at Spring Training. We are allowed an insider’s view of the blue-collar work required to reach baseball’s highest plateau. We hope we do justice in telling these stories.