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With hitter-friendly ballparks and high altitudes, the Pacific Coast League can be unforgiving on pitchers. Right-hander Jeremy Hefner had heard about the league's elements, so he wasn't surprised. In making adjustments, he has worked on his mechanics and pitched more aggressively with his fastball.
Konrad Schmidt came to Tucson in 2006 ready to be a star. Fresh off a junior college season that saw him garner All-America honors and a California Junior College championship, the catcher was ready to be coach Andy Lopez's main man behind the plate at the University of Arizona.
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