The long, often treacherous, road to the majors

Ryan Anderson and Bobby Madritsch have far different pasts, but have one common goal: reaching the big leagues.

Originally Published: March 14, 2003
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

PEORIA, Ariz. -- One pitcher is a former first-round draft pick who signed a $2.1 million signing bonus, a 6-10 tower once considered the best pitching prospect in the game, a 23-year-old lefty whose name appeared so regularly in Baseball America that he should have been listed in the staff box. The other pitcher is a Native American, a 27-year-old veteran of three independent minor leagues and four independent teams, a former Rio Grande Valley White Wing who woke up one morning this winter to ...

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