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April 10, 2009

Major League Baseball: Giants' prospect Felmy moves East

Bobby Felmy knows he's getting closer. One day in a seemingly insignificant spring training game pretty much verified that.

Felmy, a Shikellamy High grad and product of the University of Georgia, stepped into the batter's box against a lanky left-hander on a rehab assignment a couple of weeks ago. Felmy went 2-for-4 off some guy named Randy Johnson.

Yes, that Randy Johnson.

Not only that, the 25-year-old nearly went yard, banking a triple off the top of the fence.

Felmy began his fourth season of professional baseball Thursday and his rise to the big leagues continues. After spending all of 2008 in Class A, Felmy will now play with San Francisco's AA affiliate, the Connecticut Thunder, in Norwich, Conn.

"People say if you can make it (to) AA, you are almost there," Felmy said Wednesday. "AA is a big step, you've got your foot in the door and if one guy goes down, you might be the guy."

And while the move to AA is certainly a big step closer to the big leagues -- many consider AA the most talented of all minor league levels -- the move also gives Felmy a chance to play closer to home.

After spending a year in San Francisco's system on the West Coast, Felmy will now play in the Eastern League, meaning regular dates in Binghamton, Trenton, Altoona, Erie, Reading and Harrisburg. The Defenders are in Altoona in June, in Reading over the Fourth of July before visiting Harrisburg the last week in August.

That will be a big change, Felmy said.

"It will give my family a chance to get to see me, which they haven't done since college," said Felmy. "My wife (Felmy got married in December of 2007) and dog will be with me for the first time, so it's going to be a lot of fun."

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