Padres pitcher and rocket scientist Jason Szuminski, 25, is trying to become the majors' first MIT grad. How is he doing? SI's Szuminskimeter tells all.
San Diego has 17 pitchers in camp who have a good chance to win a job. "We definitely like Szuminski, but sticking on this club will be very tough," says manager Bruce Bochy. There have been no games yet, but Szuminski's mental makeup has impressed pitching coach Darren Balsley. "He has tremendous focus," Balsley says. "He's smarter than I am, but that's nothing new."