Mariners’ Prospect Remains Focused on the Major Leagues

October 14, 2008 by  

Greg Halman of the Peoria Javelinas is just as dedicated as any of the other prospects performing in the AFL. What sets him apart is not his dedication and devotion to the game. Performances by all players can tell that story but, with Halman there’s more. Greg, like the majority of the participants, played phenomenally in the Minors to help him get an invitation to the AFL. Greg is a native of the Netherlands who was invited to play in the Olympic games this summer in Beijing. Rather than accepting the offer, he embraced the American Pastime and practiced hard for his chance to make it to the Big Leagues.

Like many of the players in Arizona this Fall, Halman flew through Single-A into Double-A this season. Upon his arrival in Double-A with West Tennessee, Halman was invited to the Olympic games by the Dutch Baseball Squad. Greg declined the offer since he had just arrived in Double-A and played tremendous baseball for the remainder of the minor league season. There is no doubt that his minor league leading stats helped him to the his invitation to the AFL. Halman was nearly one of the few minor leaguers to be a 30/30 man, hitting 29 home runs and stealing 31 bases.

While his primary position is center field, Greg Halman has been trying out multiple outfield positions for the Mariners. While he is glad to be in Arizona, Halman does not count out the opportunity to play for his home country in the Spring 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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