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Banda Battling It Out In Minors

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PASCO, Wash. - Playing in places like the Tri-Cities and Yakima can be fun, but minor league ballplayers hope to move on and be on their way as quickly as possible.   For some, it takes a while.  Outfielder Josh Banda hasn't exactly advanced through the ranks like he's hoped.  This is his third straight summer playing at the short season a-ball level.  In other words, he's been passed over for promotion two straight years. 
"Regardless of where they put me I still have to do my job," said Josh Banda.  "Thats all I'm trying to do here with Tri-City."
He's hoping this year will be different.  He's only 22 and is showing good power.  He's second on the team with seven RBI through nine games.
"Everyone's purpose of playing minor league baseball is to work their way up to the big leagues," said Josh Banda.  "I mean if this is just a stepping stone I have to take, I got to take it. The knowledge that I have learned over the past two years here I'm  just sharing to all the younger guys and hopefully it will help them out."
Banda remains upbeat despite having to stay another season in short-season A ball. 
"Its always positive," said Josh Banda.  "what ever life throws at me I just try and make the best of it.  "We're all not going to get fastballs down the middle so you got to adjust to everything else."