SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Diamondbacks on Wednesday sent Josh Booty, winner of the MLB Network competition "The Next Knuckler," to minor-league camp without a Cactus League appearance. He was among 15 players who were reassigned.
Booty, a former LSU quarterback and Marlins infield prospect, won an spot in D-backs camp by beating fellow ex-quarterbacks Doug Flutie, Ryan Perrilloux, David Greene and his brother John David Booty in MLB Network show that featured former big league knuckleballers Tim Wakefield and Charlie Hough teaching the contestants to throw a knuckleball.
Booty, 37, worked with D-backs pitching coach Charles Nagy regularly but appeared only in a "B" game against Giants minor leaguers last Saturday. He gave up two runs on a hit and two walks. Booty, who had not pitched since high school, was the Marlins' first-round draft pick in 1994. He spent four years in the team's minor league system before leaving to play football at LSU.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Booty...