THIS IS EPISODE 169 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Will Startup was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. He played his college ball at the University of Georgia, for whom he pitched in the 2004 College World Series.
He was a minor league pitcher for 10 seasons from 2005-2014 with the Braves, Padres, Orioles and Tigers organizations. In 2006, Startup quickly moved through the minor league system and made it all the way to Triple-A Richmond. He did pitch in a major league spring training, but never made it to the big leagues and finished his pro career in 2014, pitching in one game for Triple-A Toledo (Detroit Tigers organization).
But the trials Startup faced on the field paled in comparison to the adversity he and his wife, Lauren, went through off the field with their son, Copeland.
In Part 1 of this two-part episode of the podcast, Startup shares his roller coaster baseball journey, being selected by the Braves, why being traded devastated him, how he lived out his faith as a pro pitcher, and the day his world changed forever while he was walking around a Houston mall in 2012.
Throwback picture:) I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Today marks 12 worthwhile years of marriage! Hasn't always been smooth, but I can say it has been the best adventure. She has always supported me in the good times and bad. Thank you to my best friend. I love you @lstartup1 pic.twitter.com/0L6ytskzQg
— Will Startup (@will_startup) December 3, 2017
Watch the Startup family’s Increase story below: