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April 21, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

As reported a few weeks ago on this site, the Camden Riversharks officially signed outfielder Stephen Drew. The 22-year-old never came to terms with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team that drafted him with the 15th overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft.

At 6’1, 195 pounds, Drew was an All-American at Florida State University. Last season, he hit .344 for the Seminoles, hitting 17 homeruns, while knocking in 56 RBI. He also led the team in runs scored (68) and triples (7)…

I (MA) have just posted my new affiliation update for those of you interested. It has stats for all of your favorite former AL players and has some amazing pictures you aren’t going to get anywhere else. Definitely worth a read, if I do say so myself. And I do.

The Nashua Pride have signed former Expos OF Peter Bergeron. He played five seasons in Montreal and will really solidify an already impressive array of talent in Nashua’s outfield.

Following today’s game, the Ducks and Somerset Patriots announced a trade. Long Island sent pitcher Derek Lee to Somerset for infielder Jhonny Perez.

I (MA) think this deal benefits the Ducks more than it does the Patriots. The Ducks were a little short on infielders and Perez has proved that he’s a valuable asset to any Atlantic League team. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, he’ll do well on the Island.

The Patriots, however, have a logjam at pitcher. They came to camp with 15 pitchers, however, lost two due to retirements. Ray Beasley and Roy Smith both hung it up instead of sticking it out trying to make the team. The acquisition of Lee, while doing a little to unclog the Patriots equally impressive logjam of infielders does little to help their pitching scenario. The rule of thumb is that the players with the least experience, especially with pitchers, are the ones who won’t last, so a quick glance at the Pats roster should tip you off as to who’s on the bubble and who isn’t.

The only help the deal really provides Somerset is that it gives them a much needed lefty pitcher. But I’d be curious to see what other options were available than Lee. While his numbers are pretty good, some research I’ve done shows he’s been pretty inconsistent at times.

The Connecticut Post reports that the Bridgeport Bluefish rotation will consist of Mike Porzio, Pat Ahearne, Brady Raggio, Josh Kalinowski and Josh Miller. T.J. Mathews will be the closer. – Scott Stanchak w/Mike Ashmore.


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