Scott Rembisz, who moved up to the executive board of Company Jones with his performances at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament last month, became the first FIU player from this past year's team to sign a contract with a Major League organization. Scott (right, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) joined the Florida Marlins Gulf Coast rookie league team last Saturday in Jupiter.
Scott's been practicing with the rookie Marlins since then at the Marlins spring training complex. He joins former Panthers Chris Dunn (far left, thanks AJH photo)) (Jupiter) and Elih Villanueva (near left, thanks Danny Kambel photo) (Jacksonville) in the Marlins organization.
But don't let me tell you about it, here's Scott with thoughts on his new job.
PP: So how did the process of signing with the Marlins happen?
SR: I was golfing last Friday with some teammates [Jeremy Patton, Corey Polizzano and Phil Haig] in Miami Springs and the Marlins called me. We talked about where I would start. I signed and here I am in Jupiter.
PP: How's your golf game?
SR: I'm terrible. I normally shoot 100.
PP: What were you doing during the draft and did you think you had a shot at getting drafted?
SR: I would check in every so often on the computer to see what was going on, but I didn't really follow the draft from start to finish. I thought I would get drafted, but I didn't. But in the end I pretty much got the same deal, which is a chance to show what I could do at the next level.
PP: So what have you been doing since you signed last Saturday?
SR: I had been throwing on the side just staying loose. The first team practice was last Sunday and we've practiced ever since. Our first game is on Monday, June 21st. I haven't thrown off the mound yet.
PP: You have a brother that plays minor league ball. What level is he at now and what kind of advice has he passed on to you?
SR: My brother, Bryan, is playing for the Pensacola Pelicans. It's Independent League ball. He basically told me everybody tries to throw hard when they're pitching at this level, but very few pitchers work on hitting their spots. I can hit spots.
PP: You had an outstanding Sun Belt Conference Tournament picking up 2 wins with a 3.21 ERA and 11 strikeouts and basically saving the championship game against Troy. Do you think those performances along with what you did at FIU helped you get a pro contract?
SR: I think it helped a little bit, but really none of that would have been possible without my teammates hitting the ball and catching the ball. We really came together in that tournament.
PP: What do you think you need to do most at this level to succeed and move up the Marlins organizational ladder?
SR: I think the biggest thing is throw strikes. That's what everyone looks for in pitchers. And I've been told that at this level not too many pitchers throw their off-speed pitches for strikes and I can do that. I can get my breaking pitches over for strikes.
If you missed GW on the Marlins pregame show on Wednesday before the Rangers/Marlins telecast, you can click HERE to watch it.
FIUFan: I thought, however, GW was playing in an Alaskan summer league. Any news on that?
PP: GW is playing in Alaska this summer with the Peninsula Oilers. GW said he flys out to Alaska on Friday. Currently, on the Oilers roster from FIU are GW and pitcher Jorge Marban. You can get more info on the Oilers right HERE . Pablo Bermudez is also playing in Alaska, but not for the Oilers. Pablo is playing for the Mat-Su Miners along with R.J. Fondon. And HERE is the Miners website.
chiaPanther: Any one of the nonqualifiers finally have the grades? Also, Pete we are starving for football info....feed us!!
PP: We won't know about the nonqualifiers until the new school year starts. However, with that terrific 975 APR score (highest ever for the FIU baseball program) that the baseball team posted there's a good chance those players will suit up for FIU next February against UMass.
Not much going on right now football-wise until the team reports for off-season work next Wednesday. However, I have already reported for off-season work with the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt has hired me to write the 8-year history of FIU football that will be published in the Sun Belt's 10-year football anniversary magazine later this summer. Will give you details later on where you can purchase the magazine.
josh: Pete, Any news of basketball prospects for this upcoming class?
PP: Last I heard Christmas in late July is when it's supposed to happen for one lucky university. Abron has decided to wait a little longer on his decision. Yvan is now close to 7 feet and still an FIU commit.