This is our second Mad Men related posting of the weekend. Jon Hamm, who portrays Don Draper/Dick Whitman is starring in the upcoming film "Million Dollar Arm"
The story is based on a recruiting trip/reality show opp that the Pittsburgh Pirates initiated to India in 2008. The premise is basically that cricket players can become Major League Pitchers
The Pirates found two pitchers, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel who is featured above. Both came to the States and trained at USC.
Dinesh Patel pitched 13 2/3 innings in 15 games for the Pirates Gulf Coast League team over two seasons. His first season was pretty good, but he regressed in 2010. Since then he has returned home.
The Left-handed Singh remains with the Pirates despite missing 2013 with injury issues. He was in the Pirates spring training camp in 2014, but I was unable to find his progress or status beyond the Grapefruit League.
For the Collector
I picked up the above Dinesh Patel auto for $2 at a recent card show. Both Patel and Singh are included on the Autograph Checker for 2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects. I think the two were added to the set late and neither player has a base card in the set. Prominent players in the autograph include Mike Leake, Donegal/Messiah alum Chris Heisey, Zack Wheeler, and Mike Trout
Barry M Bloom - MLB.com