Teammates in high school.

Teammates in college.

Teammates in the pros!

To borrow a quote the character Vizzini said numerous times in the beloved 80s movie "The Princess Bride."


A.J. Minter and J.B. Moss could soon make that inconceivable scenario a reality.

The two Bullard Brook Hill graduates led the Guard to a state baseball championship before both signed scholarships to Texas A&M.

OK, those two things are not too uncommon.

In fact, currently at Texas Tech, Whitehouse teammates Patrick Mahomes and Dylan Cantrell are currently leading the Red Raiders football team at quarterback and receiver, respectively.

But at the professional level, the odds of that are much smaller because of the draft - especially when the teammates are drafted in different years.

Minter and Moss are the exception to the rule.

The two longtime teammates and friends were both drafted by the Atlanta Braves organization. Minter was taken in 2015 in the second round despite recently undergoing Tommy John surgery. College players have the option of joining the team that drafted them or returning to school. Minter chose to begin his professional career.

Moss returned for his senior season and was selected in the seventh round in 2016.

Both are back in East Texas following a successful showing in the minor leagues as both progress toward their ultimate dreams of playing in the show.

"Going into the year I just wanted to stay healthy," said Minter, who finished up 2016 in AA with the Mississippi Braves. "As soon as I was drafted in 2015, I went straight to Orlando and rehabbed all fall. I had a week off for Thanksgiving and two weeks for Christmas (to prepare for the 2016 season)."

Minter was told by the Braves organization that they were going to limit his innings.

"I started in Low A at Rome, Georgia, and then moved up High A with Carolina," Minter continued. "I figured I was just going to stay in Carolina, but after 12 appearances they called me up to Double A. That was a total shock. I didn't think that would happen."

With Mississippi, Minter made 18 appearances and pitched 18 2-3 innings in relief with 31 strikeouts, allowing 13 hits with six walks and five earned runs.

While Minter was beginning his pro baseball career, Moss was busy trying to get Texas A&M a College World series championship. The Aggies were No. 1 for portions of the year before being knocked out by TCU in the Super Regional for a second year in a row.

His college baseball career now over, Moss now waited for a call to see where he would continue as a professional.

The phone rang, but it wasn't who he expected to hear from at that time.

"I called J.B. on draft day and he was like, ‘You can't be calling me now. I (have to stay off the phone.'" Minter recalled while grinning.

Added Moss: "It was unbelievable, actually. … That whole day was kind of a blur. I had talked to A.J. before the draft and we knew the Braves were interested, but when they picked me we couldn't believe it."

Moss was drafted in the seventh round, 199 overall.

"The same as Tom Brady," Moss said.

Added Minter of Moss being drafted by the Braves: "What an incredible journey. With us both being from Brook Hill and we graduated with only 48 other kids. To then have the experience we did in the Southeast Conference and now be in the same organization (in the big leagues), it's kind of like a God thing. It's pretty crazy."

Another word for it - inconceivable.

Like his longtime friend, Moss is happy to get a little rest and relaxation following a busy 2016, which for him included college baseball and pro baseball.

"I went short season A ball, which is Danville, Virginia," Moss said. "I spent 35 days there and played really well. I felt like I would get promotion soon and we were playing the Princeton Rays when after the game our manager calls me in and says I am going to (Rome). I skipped Low A and they sent me straight to Advance A to finish out the season.

"I couldn't have asked for a better (start to my pro career) and I am excited for next year."

Minter and Moss will begin working at APEC in preparation for spring training later this month, joining Tyrell Jenkins, another East Texan playing professional baseball. Jenkins made his jump from the minors to the majors this past season.

Oh yeah, and he also is with the Atlanta Braves.



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