Showtime for Dexter
Brewers sign North Forsyth graduate
July 1, 2010
By BJ Corbitt
Whether he ever pitches an inning in the big leagues, Dexter Bobo is farther along the path than most people will ever be able to claim.
Bobo (North Forsyth, 2006) signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers following this year’s Major League Baseball draft, and is spending the summer in the desert pitching for the National League club’s rookie team.
After Bobo failed to get picked up in the draft, one of his college coaches — Georgia Southern assistant Mike Tidick — stepped in to help the 22-year-old pursue his pro ball aspirations. Tidick made a few phone calls on his behalf,
Bobo said, ultimately resulting in a contract with Milwaukee.
“He basically set everything up for me, made all the phone calls and everything,” Bobo said.
Bobo signed with Milwaukee on June 12 and flew out to Arizona the following day. He’s now a leftie reliever on the Brewers’ Rookie League team, the AZL Brewers, located in Phoenix.
As part of the Arizona League, the AZL Brewers play all their games against nearby clubs. Bobo said the team doesn’t have to travel more than 45 minutes to get to away games.
The Rookie League season is a short one, having started in late June and ending in August. From there, the parent club makes decisions about promoting guys to other minor league clubs within the organization.
With the AZL Brewers out to an 8-0 start entering Thursday, Bobo had made two appearances so far, giving up no runs on four hits with six strikeouts in four innings of work.
The searing Arizona heat has forced Bobo to make at least one lifestyle change — he’s given up all carbonated drinks to stay hydrated in the desert climate.
“Coaches really push us to drink as much water as we can drink,” he said.
Bobo has no idea what the future holds for him, but he seems determined to just enjoy the experience.
“[I’m] just kind of going with the flow, I guess. I’m out here living the dream,” he said.
“It’s an experience. I’m having a lot of fun out here. I’m trying not to take it too seriously. That way I don’t get too worked up if things don’t work out.”
Bobo was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 44th round of the 2009 draft, but turned down the offer to return to Georgia Southern for his senior season.
He recorded a team-best 10 saves for the Eagles this past season, striking out 36 batters and holding opponents to a .274 batting average in 45.2 innings. He finished his college career ranked fifth in career saves (13) and tied for fifth in single season saves (10) for Georgia Southern.