I am sure by now most of you are aware that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Indian born pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel in the 2008 offseason.
This was basically a no risk signing, as both cost nothing to acquire, and who knows, perhaps these two can help be saviors for the organization. They both were trained by Tom House, who helped mold the likes of Randy Johnson, Mark Prior, Nolan Ryan, Ian Kennedy and others.
So, it's not like they don't have a shot at being superstars, but I personally would love to see an Indian-born pitcher pitch in Major League Baseball, a sport featuring athletes from around the world.
It seems like India is the last piece, along with the rest of the Middle East.
Dinesh is a right hander whose fastball, so far, has been clocked as high as 93 mph. At only 18 years old, there is time for the arm strength to develop even more.
Rinku is 19, throws left handed, and his fastball is primarily around 88-90 mph. He has touched 92, but usually sits around 89.
Both of these pitchers have an upside: a year ago, they didn't even know about baseball, but now they have respectable fastballs and breaking pitches. Maybe they both might not reach the Majors, but they, like every other youngster in that farm system, have a chance.
You've got to think what would happen to MLB if Indian born players like Rinku and Dinesh played in the bigs.
The sport would be expanded, and larger crowds would show up for games. A different fan base would be coming to the park every day, and the gross revenue would increase immensely.
These two kids are off to a good start. Rinku, the left hander, is currently in GCL Rookie Pirates, where he is being treated as a reliever and has pitched 5.0 innings, given up seven ER, three K's, 11 hits and two BB, but it could be worse, considering he has only known about baseball for seven months.
Dinesh has been impressive; he has also been treated as a reliever, but in 4.0 IP, he has a 0.00 ERA, two hits, three K's, 0 BB and one unearned run. Once again, for a guy that didn't know about baseball a year ago, that's impressive.
If these young guys want to make the bigs, they need to work hard, not let anything bring them down, and then maybe in a few years, we will see them pitching for a Major League team.