A month into his professional life, ex-Ridgewood outfielder John Servidio might be wondering if he has embarked on a career in baseball or pinball.
Since being drafted out of Barry University by the New York Mets in the 26th round, Servidio has bounced from his Port Richey home to Brooklyn (home of a Mets Class-A affiliate) and now to Tennessee. A .217 hitter in 19 games at Brooklyn, Servidio played his first game Wednesday night for the Mets' advanced rookie-league club in Kingsport.
"I got the call, you know," Servidio said by cell phone Thursday. "I guess they just wanted to move me around. They moved me and my roommate (infielder Josh Satin)."
Although the change of scenery represents a demotion on paper, Servidio, who turns 23 next month, doesn't see it that way. At Brooklyn, he lived in a dorm (bedrooms on each side, living area in the middle) at Polytechnic University, had no days off and ate nearly every meal from the lunch and dinner spreads set out daily in the clubhouse.
In Kingsport, he and Satin share a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment with an upgrade in beds (queen size) and downgrade in tension.
"So far, things have been awesome," said Servidio, who flied out to deep center and was hit by a pitch in his Kingsport debut Wednesday. "There's not as much pressure here. It's just more a concentration on winning rather than, I guess, on player development."
Report on former North Suncoast standouts in minor-league baseball:
School/position: Pasco, OF
Team/level: Lakewood (N.J.)/A
Details: Through 87 games, Pasco's former left-handed ace is hitting .304 with seven homers, 43 RBIs and 21 doubles and leads the team with 15 stolen bases.
School/position: Mitchell, RHP
Details: The former Yankee is 5-6 with a 4.35 ERA. He went 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA after being called up by the Nationals in June but was sent down when catcher Paul Lo Duca was activated.
School/position: Hernando, OF
Team/level: Potomac (Md.)/A
Details: After mostly flourishing at Double A in part of 2007, Brown is back in Potomac, hitting .263 with five home runs and 30 RBIs through 57 games.
School/position: Central, RHP
Team/level: Huntsville (Ala.)/AA
Details: After a torrid start, the Bears' former ace has cooled off only slightly. In 411/3 relief innings, Ryan is 2-4 with a 3.05 ERA and five saves. In his first 17 appearances (251/3 innings), he allowed two earned runs.
School/position: Hern., RHP
Team/level: Shreveport (La.)/Ind.
Details: In his last start, Saturday at El Paso (Texas), Snow allowed five runs on as many hits in the first inning in a 9-0 loss. Now 1-7 with an 8.05 ERA in 10 starts, the ex-Leopards star has allowed 96 hits and 59 earned runs in 66 innings, striking out 34.