TAMPA, Fla. — More than 1,200 players are drafted into professional baseball each year.
Still more try to find a club willing to offer a chance, because once a player puts on the uniform and hat, he can fight for a career, no matter the odds.
"The one thing you learn when you get down here is that even though we're free agents and we weren't drafted and there isn't a lot of money invested in us, you can't argue with success," said Anthony Marzi, from Berlin and UConn, after a morning workout at the Yankees minor league complex Wednesday. "You put up the numbers, they're going to take interest in you."
Marzi, 23, a lefthander, and Alex Smith,...