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Seattle Times on Alex Liddi

Courtesy of J. from Mariner Minors, the Seattle Times as an interesting piece up on Italian 3B Alex Liddi´s journey through the minor leagues. I´ve had one occasion to see Liddi play in person, at the Mariners’ minor league camp last year. He´s a very exciting talent with tons of raw power and a problem making contact, which is to be expected for an 18-year-old in the Midwest League. Liddi´s currently hitting .229/.333/.414 for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

The success of players like Liddi, fellow Mariner farmhand Greg Halman, and Cubs pitcher Alessandro Maestri could open a floodgate of European scouting, as the game is growing pretty quickly in several different European nations. Outside of Ichiro, baseball hasn´t really had a Dirk Nowitzky moment in awhile. Venezuela became a more consistent talent pipeline in the mid-80s, and there was a rush on Australian prospects when Chris Snelling, Justin Huber, and Travis Blackley were starting to knock on the door to the majors, but that has cooled off a bit.

The Times article includes this quote, which shows that Liddi is conscious of his role as the only Italian position player in the minor leagues:

Liddi is confident he will adjust and said his goal is to make it to the major leagues in three years. “If that happens, I think baseball would get more popular in Italy and it might make it easier for other players from Italy to get signed,” he said.

As part of his efforts to spread the game in his home country, Liddi used to regularly update his blog, which charted his day-to-day progress, but it’s been silent for nearly a year (we here at Global Baseball wouldn’t know anything about that…). However, his countryman Maestri still seems to be checking in every once in awhile at his blog. It’s in Italian, so um…good luck.

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May 9, 2007 - Posted by | European Baseball

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