Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/29/13
Dylan Axelrod, a minor unsung hero of the 2011 Chicago White Sox, has made yet another comeback. Dylan Axelrod went from pitching with one south suburban semi-pro team to the pro team on the south side. While disappointments always show up this time of year as major league baseball teams teams trim their rosters to the 25-man Opening Day limit, Independent Baseball got a double dose of good news with two of its recent pitchers nailing down No. 5 starting roles in rotations.            Scott Kazmir has drawn so much of the attention because of his comeback with the Cleveland Indians, which started when he was with the Sugar Land (TX) Skeeters in the Atlantic League last season, but it is no less meaningful that Dylan Axelrod nailed down a starting role with the Chicago White Sox.  It could even be argued that the Dylan Axelrod opportunity is much more impressive in that he came up without the resume of Kazmir, a former No. 1 draft choice who already has 66 major league victories.            Dylan Axelrod was the 927th overall draft choice in 2007, and it’s coincidental in that the right-hander was in Windy City all along—emerging in ’09 from the Frontier League’s Windy City ThunderBolts of Crestwood, IL, mere miles from where he will pitch on the south side of Chicago.            “It’s a great feeling,” Axelrod told MLB.com.  “I’ve been working toward this for a long time. It’s been a dream of mine to be a starting pitcher in the major leagues. So I’m getting a great opportunity obviously. I’m going to try to run with it.”             Kazmir, who is under a $1 million contract with another $750,000 possible in incentive bonuses, is scheduled to make his first start the same day as Dylan Axelrod, pitching at Tampa Bay.  “I’m very proud that this has happened,” the southpaw told The Associated Press. This is an excerpt from the column Bob Wirz writes year round on Independent Baseball.  Fans may subscribe at WirzandAssociates.com, enjoy his blogs, AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com and IndyBaseballChatter.com, or comment to RWirz@aol.com.  The author has 16 years of major league baseball public relations experience with Kansas City and as spokesman for two Commissioners and lives in Stratford, CT.) The post White Sox Dylan Axelrod: from 927th overall draft pick to 5th starter appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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