Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Nidiffer Hoping To Be A Legend

Marcus Nidiffer played his college ball at the University of Kentucky. He was signed as a non drafted free agent by the Astros who happen to be affiliated with the Lexington Legends. If things work out, Nidiffer would be the first former Kentucky Wildcat to play for the home team Legends. Mark Maloney, of Kentucky.com caught up with Marcus at a Legend's Caravan stop last week. Here are some quotes worth sharing.

On the adjustment from college to pro ball:

"The adjustments that you make between college and pro ball are a lot quicker because you play every day," Nidiffer said. "You don't have that kind of 'dead time' to gather yourself and work on some things as you would in college.

"Pro ball, you 'do this' and then you're done. Then you'd better wake up and you do it again. You can't dwell on anything. ... You've just got to go do it and make those adjustments quick because you're going to play the next day and, after that day, you're going to play again."

If Marcus is on the roster in Lexington this season, it will mark his second "home coming" season. Last year, while playing for Greeneville, he got to play games in his hometown of Bristol, TN. Not many players get that opportunity.

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