The best kind of story we write here or for our Independent Baseball Insider column is when we discuss a player who started in the Independent ranks and has had his contract purchased by a major league organization.
That opportunity has come along seven times since the 2008 season ended. We added the seventh name today while updating the October 28 post which lists the more than 30 players who have been sold to one of the 30 major league systems since September.
Chris Cullen, a right-handed pitcher who finished up his college career at Michigan State last spring, is the lucky guy we discuss today. Cullen won five of his six decisions as a starter with the Edmonton (Alberta) CrackerCats of the Golden League, posting a 3.20 earned run average for 11 appearances covering 56.1 innings.
He was traded twice within five days in November, first going onto the roster of Reno, NV (Golden), then on to the Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs of the American Association. Finally, he was obtained by the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system.
To find a complete list of the player sales since the '08 Independent season ended, go to the right column of the home page of this blog, hit the October tab and look for the October 28 posting.