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Sports Spotlight: Andy Leer

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He started every collegiate game he ever played on the baseball diamond. He then found out what it was like to play in the pros.

They are out of high school. Most are out of college and life is in full swing. For these guys wanting to play isn't the hard part. It's accepting that the young glory days are a thing of the past.

"Yeah, you have to be very careful. I know some guys sit out batting practice before hand, just because you know there is always that possibility of getting injured so, you have to stretch out a little longer and make sure you aren't hurting in some of the areas that you didn't use to when you were younger," says Travis Dressler.

Brought together by a love for the game that most give up after high school, Andy Leer was a stand out on the baseball diamond for the Marauders and his career didn't end there.

"Nobody called me yet or anything, so I heard that on the computer we were listening to it. That was pretty exciting and right after that a scout called me and he told me they took me," says Leer.

Leer was taken in the 25th round of the 2010 draft, by the Minnesota Twins.

"Within a week, we were in Tennessee to start our season. Our rookie season, they just kind of throw you right into it," says Leer.

Life in the minor leagues is the start of a long journey. Playing over 140 games in a year, Leer learned ways to get by.

"You scrap a little. Not a high round pick like me, you find a first rounder, and you get some batting gloves from them and stuff like that. You kind of take what you can get," says Leer.

Leer spent four seasons in the minors, making it to the high single a Fort Myers Miracle. Like many prospects playing professionally didn't pan out.

"It was good and bad. I miss the game, but I miss the guys more. I miss my teammates more then the actual game itself," he says.

Leer is back in North Dakota and still playing baseball, even if it's just for fun.

"It's nice to get a fresh start and do something else and start a new life," says Leer.

Leer was a career .216 hitter with 15 home runs and 117 runs batted in his four seasons in the Twins organization.

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