Indianapolis manager Andy Barkett was assistant hitting coordinator last year for the Pittsburgh Pirates. That gave him a chance to see the DSL players in action and work with some of the players. That DSL group included a 17-year-old catcher named Samuel Inoa, who was in the middle of a tough rookie season, both on offense and defense.
Brian Peloza was able to ask Barkett recently about Inoa and he gave a detailed response. I left the entire quote together just below. On a side note, Barkett is quickly becoming one of my favorite coaches for quotes and information on players, which you will see again in an upcoming article this week.
Here's his thoughts on Inoa:
“I love that kid. He’s a freaking little bull. They call him Toro and he’ll go “bull noise.” He can hit and he has the ...
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