"This is so unreal. I'm at a loss for words," Hayhurst wrote in an e-mail. "Really, I just can't grasp it, its like a dream. I never thought I'd write a book. When I did, I thought just getting it published would be great. I mean, how many people can say they've experienced that? Now this? It's just overwhelming.
"People connect with my writing and that's the most flattering thing about it all, because let's face it, I'm not a big name. The story had to stand on its own two feet."
Hayhurst's book will debut at No. 19 on the New York Times' list, according to MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The 29-year-old Hayhurst, who is currently on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury, has had columns previously published in Baseball America. His new book -- a comedic tale that includes dark and uplifting moments -- chronicles his 2007 season spent within the Padres' farm system.