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Patriot Turns Down Deal: Which Patriots pitcher turned down a minor league deal? Check out Ryan Dunleavy’s column in The Courier News to find out.

The most memorable occurence of this was when pitcher Mark Lukasiewicz was turning down Triple-A deals two years ago, but it probably happens more often than you might realize. Some guys feel like they can be pretty selective in their offers, with some only holding out for Triple-A deals while others won’t settle for being a fill-in for a month.

Who’s Hot And Who’s Not:

A look at players performance over the past 10 games…


AC, Gary Johnson, .375, 1 HR, 6 RBI
AC, Rob Corrado, 1-0, 3 GP, 6.0 IP, 0 ER
AC, Andy High, 1-0, 2 GP, 8.0 IP, 1 ER
AC, Lincoln Mikkelsen, 0-1, 2 GP, 15.0 IP, 1 ER
BPT, Gary Burnham, .342, 0 HR, 2 RBI
BPT, Angel Echevarria, .308, 2 HR, 7 RBI
BPT, T.J. Mathews, 3-0, 3 GP, 19.0 IP, 4 ER
CAM, Ryan Jones, .314, 1 HR, 5 RBI
CAM, Brad Strauss, .323, 1 HR, 5 RBI
CAM, Chuck Bechtel, 0-0, 4 GP, 5.1 IP, 0 ER
LAN, Reggie Taylor, .412, 3 HR, 9 RBI
LAN, Justin Hileman, .375, 0 HR, 3 RBI
LAN, Scott Patterson, 1-0, 4 SV, 6 GP, 5.2 IP, 0 ER
LI, Elvis Pena, .385, 1 HR, 6 RBI
LI, Mike Crudale, 1-0, 6 GP, 6.1 IP, 1 ER
NWK, Michael Moore, .273, 3 HR, 6 RBI
NWK, Will Pennyfeather, .270, 2 HR, 10 RBI
NWK, Joey Cole, 0-0, 4 SV, 5 GP, 5.1 IP, 2 ER
NWK, Pat Daneker, 2-0, 3 GP, 21.2 IP, 4 ER
RW, Derek Barrows, .375, 1 HR, 7 RBI
RW, Manny Mejia, .333, 0 HR, 4 RBI
RW, Teuris Olivares, .387, 2 HR, 3 RBI
RW, Greg Modica, 0-0, 2 GP, 11.0 IP, 2 ER
SOM, Larry Barnes, .361, 2 HR, 7 RBI
SOM, Patrick Boran, .304, 0 HR, 3 RBI
SOM, Mike Lockwood, .306, 1 HR, 4 RBI
SOM, Jason Olson, 3-0, 1 SV, 6 GP, 5.1 IP, 0 ER
SOM, Jason Shiell, 1-0, 2 GP, 12.0 IP, 1 ER

Most of Bridgeport’s guys are playing well, hard to single out a few…Reggie Taylor rebounded from a pretty awful start to make himself a prime candidate to get back to the bigs…Pat Daneker giving the Bears 7 innings a start is huge with the way their bullpen has struggled…Wonder if the Bears miss having Road Warriors infielder Teuris Olivares…Jason Olson = automatic win


AC, Ozzie Timmons, .081, 0 HR, 2 RBI
AC, Steve Torrealba, .111, 0 HR, 2 RBI
AC, Gary Bell, 0-0, 4 GP, 6.1 IP, 7 ER
BPT, Kevin Hodges, 0-1, 1 GP, 2.0 IP, 3 ER
CAM, Mike Floyd, .150, 0 HR, 0 RBI
CAM, Randy McGarvey, .100, 0 HR, 1 RBI
CAM, Mark DiFelice, 0-2, 2 GP, 11.0 IP, 8 ER
CAM, Greg Powell, 0-2, 2 GP, 12.0 IP, 7 ER
LAN, Jason Bowers, .172, 1 HR, 6 RBI
LAN, Lance Burkhart, .100, 1 HR, 1 RBI
LAN, Rob Henkel, 1-2, 4 GP, 6.2 IP, 9 ER
LI, Erick Almonte, .189, 0 HR, 4 RBI
LI, Kevin Haverbusch, 190, 0 HR, 2 RBI
NWK, Jack Santora, .067, 0 HR, 0 RBI
NWK, Victor Valencia, .174, 0 HR, 3 RBI
RW, Jason Bryan, .103, 0 HR, 0 RBI
RW, Sheldon Fulse, .114, 0 HR, 1 RBI
RW, Bernie Gonzalez, .154, 0 HR, 2 RBI
RW, Marcos Sanchez, .100, 0 HR, 1 RBI
RW, Miguel Martinez, 0-0, 4 GP, 3.0 IP, 6 ER
RW, Melvin Pizarro, 0-3, 1 SV, 4 GP, 4.2 IP, 4 ER
SOM, Travis Anderson, .125, 0 HR, 1 RBI
SOM, Jim Burt, .107, 0 HR, 1 RBI
SOM, Tony Gsell, .071, 0 HR, 3 RBI
SOM, Fernando Lunar, .150, 0 HR, 1 RBI
SOM, Jeff Nettles, .154, 1 HR, 5 RBI

Ozzie Timmons is one of the nicest guys in the league, but he couldn’t have looked more overmatched than he did last night in Somerset…both of Camden’s catchers are struggling, but at least Pachot has some decent production with his sub .200 average…Pretty surprised at Mark DiFelice’s struggles, but it’s still early…Also surprised to see Lance Burkhart struggle for Lancaster, he was a league All-Star in 2005…Jack Santora has had a disappointing stretch for Newark, no RBI’s in his last 30 at-bats or so, and only 2 on the season…Would you believe the Road Warriors could actually be a decent team if their outfielders stepped it up…Catching, which was supposed to be one of the strongest aspects of the Patriots quest for a repeat, is looking like one of their weak links so far.

Affiliation Update: Will be doing one of these in the next few days…finally got a request for one, so I’d might as well bite the bullet and do the work.

Ducks Trip: Speaking of biting the bullet, I’m finally going to be heading up to Citibank Park today after numerous invites from their front office. I’ll try to throw up some pictures and other stuff on the site live from the park if I have time. – Mike Ashmore



1. Anonymous - May 20, 2006


2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 20, 2006

.067 in his last 10 games, not for the year.

These stats are for the last 10, not the season.


3. Anonymous - May 20, 2006

sorry read it wrong i guess i apologize.

4. NUMBER1SURFFAN - May 20, 2006

Umm – AC Clyde Williams – 4 home runs in 4 straight gAMES???

5. Riggzy - May 21, 2006

Fish win another one…. 6-1 over

i like the way these guys play…
they win a different way everytime i watch them….tonight a little
power luis fig.. with the long ball
along with steve hines…and some decent pitching…& i like lapoint he seems to have things under contol in Fish-town…he keeps the team loose and he always seems to be in control… .ps the RW’s are a pretty good looking road team
i was expecting worse…Camden must really be bad this year….
i’ll have to see june 17th when they invade the port… peace out everyone…

6. number1surffan - May 21, 2006

Re: Clyde williams for AC Surf – make that Five homeruns, one each night for 5 games in a row!

7. Greg Hounsell - May 21, 2006


It looks like the Patriots were a bit hasty in releasing Greg Modica. I know it’s early, but trolling through league stats as of 5/20, he’d have the lowest ERA on the Pats staff, were he still there. He also had a pretty good start against his old team recently (your graphic description of the Radmanovich HR not withstanding). While he still speaks fondly of the Pats, he had to feel good about the outing.

Speaking of the Pats, what’s your assessment of their pitching strategy? Are they going to go through a record number of pitchers this year?

Finally, the column’s been great. It’s fun, info packed, and it seems like you have a staff of a dozen reporters at your disposal. Keep up the good work!

Best Regards,
Greg Hounsell

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 21, 2006

First off, thanks for the kind words, we always do appreciate that.

I honestly don’t think pitching has been the problem with Somerset this year…it’s really the same story as it was last year, the pitching is at the top of the league and the hitting is near the bottom.

My theory on Modica is that they’re pissed he left for Taiwan. I’ve never gotten anyone to agree with that, but I look at how it was received when Scott Sobkowiak did it, and I can’t see it going over real well when he did, either.

He’s a decent pitcher, but with the AL at least attempting to raise the talent level in the league, I’m not sure if he’s one of their guys…again, good pitcher, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t picture him in a big league uniform either.

As Ryan reported, Somerset is close to losing a few guys, and from talking to some front offices around the league, it seems like the available pitching out there isn’t really all that great. Look at all the big names that have been rumored to be coming to the league – Raines, Cruz, Gonzalez, Tucker…all position players.

I think Somerset is doing a nice job this year, but I think they’ll have a tough time catching Lancaster unless their bats start coming around. Once those pitchers start dropping like flies, they’re going to need the bats more than ever.


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