2012 Topps Heritage Minor League Mike Montgomery Autograph
The Durham Bulls are a month into the season and I think that I might have traded and bought more Bulls cards during that time then all of last year. During the 2012 season the Bulls had an off year and finished outside of the International League playoffs. Further, the team lacked the quality prospects to the Bulls fans have been spoiled with during the past decade of serving as the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Sure there were other seasons that the team missed the playoffs, but there was always some wonderful talent on the field somewhere. Last season, not so much.
This summer the Bulls are more than making up for a one year absence from the playoffs and a lack of quality players last season. Currently the Bulls are sitting at 18-9 and are in the lead of the Southern Division in the International League. The team is loaded with stars too. Recently I was able to pick up cards of Wil Myers, Hak Ju Lee, and Jake Odorizzi. Luckily for fans of the team those three players are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of talent.
Today, I added a nice autograph from last year's Topps Heritage Minor League set of left-handed starting pitcher Mike Montgomery. The Rays traded for Montgomery this past off-season in part of the James Shields, Wil Myers, and Jake Odorizzi deal. Montgomery is the lesser of the three prospects the Rays picked up in the trade, but he's still been a Baseball America Top 50 Prospect three times during his minor league career.