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June 11, 2005

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Somerset Signings: The Somerset Patriots signed infielders Patrick Boran and Ray Navarrete today. Boran has only Single-A experience with the Boston Red Sox organization, while Navarrete has experience with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, reaching Double-A last season. Both are from the area and no releases have been announced yet, and none may be coming as Somerset is at the maximum of 25. – Scott Stanchak

Navarrete and INF Kevin Nicholson were teammates on the 2003 Altoona Curve.

(Ashmore Speculation): However, if the Pats were to release someone…based on them signing infielders, you’d have to think that George Sandel is on the hot seat. He’s well-liked by his teammates and works hard, but the numbers just haven’t been there.

Another theory is that Nicholson could be playing his way out of the league and Pats GM Patrick McVerry and Director of Player Procurement Adam Gladstone could be stocking up on infielders as a result.

Patriots Scoreboard: Somerset beat Lancaster, 10-5. Ryan Radmanovich (3) had 2 home runs for the Patriots tonight. Jeremy Owens also homered for Somerset, one of 5 for the team tonight.

How did the new Patriots fare? Navarrete, 0-4. Boran, 0-1, K.

Brian Tollberg went seven innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs. He struck out five batters. Tollberg improves to 6-1, and his ERA actually goes up just slightly to 1.83, still tops in the league. It’s been rumored for a little while now that Tollberg’s next start would be his last, let’s see if those rumors become truth over the next few days.

Shane Heams relieved Tollberg and allowed three runs over two thirds of an inning. Dave Elder came in, allowed one hit that scored the third run charged to Heams, and then struck out the next batter to end the 8th. Robert Marquez came in for the 9th and closed it out for Somerset.

Ryan Minor homered in the losing effort for Lancaster.

AL Scoreboard: Newark defeated Atlantic City, 5-4. Jose Herrera and Jack Santora led the charge with two hits and two RBI a piece. Joe Gannon (4-3) picked up the win for Newark, albeit in relief of Jeff Farnsworth. I’m hoping he was just “getting some work in” between starts, Gannon is a guy who should be in the rotation.

Long Island beat Bridgeport, 7-4. Brian Bowles (3-2) picked up the W for the Ducks, pitching six strong innings. Todd Erdos (10) pitched the 9th to re-tie for the league lead in saves. Jamie Gann and Michael Coleman homered in the loss for the Bluefish.

Camden beat Nashua, 5-2.

Ducks cut big leaguer Myers, sign big leaguer Diaz: The Long Island Ducks released former big league P Rodney Myers today, just a few days after he threw a temper tantrum of epic proportions after a bad outing in Somerset. The team also released INF Edgar Tovar.

Myers was 3-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 8 starts, it seems obvious that there was a little more going on here than poor play. I’ll see if I can ask around about this one…

The team then signed INF Edwin Diaz, who has played with the Diamondbacks in 1998 and 1999. He went 2 for 12 in 7 career big league games, driving in one run in the process.

Take a look at the numbers in my “Features sorted by MLB team” section…think I’m happy that a Diamondback signed here?

MYERS UPDATE: Thanks to Ducks Assistant GM Mike Pfaff for his quick reply to my query on Rodney Myers. While it doesn’t really clear up much, at least it’s something that you won’t find anywhere else and that’s what we try so hard to bring to you every day.

“With the team entering a crucial stretch of games, there are some changes being made. As always, the baseball staff here is doing everything in their power in order for us to put the best 25-man roster possible on the field each night. At this time, Rodney Myers was not a part of that equation. Stay tuned for more moves as they become available.” – Ducks Asst. GM Mike Pfaff

(Ashmore Speculation): Patriots P Brian Tollberg has one foot out the door in Somerset, don’t be surprised if the aforementioned tandem of McVerry and Gladstone come knocking on the door of RHP Rodney Myers.

Another source close to the situation also tells me that Myers, who pitched for Japan’s Hanshin Tigers for part of 2004, already has some offers overseas and may go that route.

Surf signing: Atlantic City signed INF Rayner Bautista today. Bautista, 26, has spent his entire 9 year career with the Tigers organization, advancing as high as Triple-A. Entering this year, he was a career .247 hitter, with just 31 career home runs. Well, make that 32, because he hit one in his Surf debut tonight.

Bluefish lose one, gain two: Bridgeport signed C Kevin Lidle after losing C Tino Sanchez to the Rockies organization. Sanchez will be getting down and dirty behind the plate for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers.

No offense to Sanchez, but I don’t even think he was considered the best catcher on his team…

He was hitting .250 with 1 HR and 9 RBI at the time of his departure. His only other extra base hit in just under 70 at-bats was a double.

Meanwhile, Kevin Lidle is the twin brother of Phillies pitcher Cory Lidle. Kevin was, apparently, a catcher for the Somerset Patriots in 2000 and has been out of baseball since 2002, where he was last a pitcher in the Tigers organization. His career minor league record was 4-16 with an ERA over 5, so you can kind of understand why the switch to catcher would have happened. However, I’d like to think there are better catching prospects out there…we’ll see if he sticks or if this just a quick fix for the Bluefish.

Also, the team has signed indy legend 1B/DH Patrick “P-Nut” Williams to a contract. He is not to be confused with Planters’ mascot, “Mr. Peanut.”

If Phil Plantier ever had a mascot, don’t confuse him with him, either. Williams has never reached the big leagues, a la Plantier, but did see some time in the White Sox organization, having a brief stint in A-Ball with the team last season.

10Q Update: My interviews with Steve Torrealba, Brian Bowles and Mike Crudale are now posted. – Mike Ashmore.

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