Diamondbacks make history selecting first known practicing Orthodox Jewish player

Steinmetz, a righthander from New York, is believed to be the first known practicing Orthodox Jewish player selected by a major league team. Arizona made Steinmetz the 77th overall selection.

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No practicing Orthodox Jewish player has even made it to the big leagues, AP 통신에 따르면. The 17-year-old has a good chance as his fastball currently sits in the mid-to-upper 90s and he is said to have a nasty curveball.

The Woodmere, 롱 아일랜드, 원주민, who attended The Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, 말했다 뉴욕 포스트 in a recent interview that he keeps the Sabbath and eats only kosher food, but plays during the Sabbath and on Jewish holidays. He said he elects to walk to games on the Sabbath rather than taking transportation.

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According to the Post, Steinmetz would travel ahead of games and make accommodations near the field. It could mean lengthy walks to the ballpark in some instances.

It’s never been frustrating to me,” he told the Post. “It’s just something I’ve always done. It makes me who I am. It’s definitely made [my life] different, but in a good way.

It’s unclear when Steinmetz could possibly get to the majors.

Arizona’s top prospects include 10 pitchers in the top 20, 에 따르면 MLB.com.

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