YAKIMA, Wash - They come looking to learn and grow as players. The fact that they are together may be their greatest strength.
"Its great surrounding yourself with people who are doing the same thing you are, and have the same goals and aspiration that you do," said Ryan Babineau.
After being drafted in the 13th round out of high school, and the 17th round out of college, Ryan Babineau had a lot to prove as a person and as a player.
"It definitely wasn't what I expected," said Babineau. "It wasn't even what I expected a couple of months before the draft."
Babineau pulled his hip flexor two and a half weeks into his junior season at UCLA. He said he didn't play up to his expectations. When asked if he had a lot to keep him motivate, he responded 'absolutely'."
"All I've ever heard is that I'm a defensive catcher," said Ryan Babineau. "I don't want to be known as a defensive catcher, I want to hit to and help the team there."
The hard-nosed catcher hopes he knocks down all barriers in his path to the majors.