Thursday, October 7, 2010
2009 Lancaster Barnstormers Ben Fritz
Who is this? Lancaster Barnstormers pitcher Ben Fritz
What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Lancaster Barnstormers team set update
Where'd I get it? Fritz signed it at a Newark Bears game this summer
How much did it cost? The team set was a gift from a friend
Why is this so special? Ben Fritz was the 30th player chosen in the 2002 draft, picked by the Oakland Athletics. He moved through the Athletics' farm system, advancing as far as AAA in 2007. In 2008, Fritz was chosen in the minor league phase of the Rule V draft by Detroit. He pitched for AA Erie that year - his final year in affiliated baseball.
When he was released, Fritz signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers. He's pitched there for the last three seasons. This year, he was 3-7 with a 3.72 ERA.
Fritz has a reasonably clear autograph for a modern player, Here's his 2010 Lancaster Barnstormers team set card: