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Fish Sign Former Boston Infielder: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post has been the bearer of good news as of late, and today is no different. He reports that the team has agreed to terms with INF/OF Bryant Nelson, who played for the Boston Red Sox in 2002.

Nelson, who would be my 29th Red Sox interview (after talking to John Valentin yesterday…that would be before Tyler Clippard of Trenton was perfect through 7 before allowing a hit…I’ll never see a perfect game) was called up by Boston in May and went 9-for-34 (.265) with two doubles. Nelson, who also has experience in the Astros, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Pirates, White Sox and Blue Jays organizations, played in Japan the year after he played in Beantown.

Bryant, who also goes by “Bry”, played second base, left field, center field, right field and DH while in the big leagues. His first hit in the show came off of Scott Eyre. His first and only steal came off of Darrin Fletcher. He appeared in two Yankees-Red Sox games, once in Yankee Stadium and once in Fenway Park. He saw action in one of the games as a pinch runner and the other as a defensive replacement, without logging a plate appearance in either.

Jacobsen Sets Team Record: In the 17-10 butt-kicking the Ducks delivered to the Road Warriors yesterday, former Seattle Mariners standout Bucky Jacobsen set a new team record, driving in seven runs. Chris Eickhorst may have set a record as well, allowing 10 of the 17 runs Long Island scored.

Bears Make Moves: They released INF Kelvyn Velez a few days back, and just today sold the contract of P Josue Matos to the Mexican League.

Covering the EL Helps You: While my covering the Eastern League may lead to some irrelevant notes, it will also produce some stuff you will care about.

The Harrisburg Senators, Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, received former Patriots P Billy Sylvester today. Sylvester, who the press release states hasn’t pitched this season, signed a contract to pitch in Triple-A New Orleans. So much for that.

Also, Harrisburg got Tim Raines, Jr. Raines, the outfielder who was rumored to be headed to Bridgeport and elsewhere, has instead accepted a deal with a Nationals organization that has a ton of depth in the outfield. However, they did recently promote former Mets prospect Alex Escobar to the big leagues straight from Double-A.

Checking on my Breakout Stars: Depending on who you talk to, I’m either one for three or two for three. The third player is, unfortunately but clearly, Bluefish OF Norm Hutchins. Hutch is hitting just .196 with 0 HR and 5 RBI. He also leads the team in strikeouts wit 23 and has just 3 steals.

I think Patriots P Hector Almonte is pitching better than his numbers would indicate. He’s 2-1 with 5 saves and a 4.40 ERA, but 19 of his 43 outs have been acheived via the strikeout, a 44.2% rate. The man has got some stinky cheese, also known as one hell of a fastball. He wasn’t the first guy picked up as I thought he might be, but I doubt he lasts the year.

Ducks OF Mel Stocker has clearly lived up to his billing as a breakout star, though, leading the league in hitting with a robust .414 average. While he’s also third in the league in stolen bases with 11, he doesn’t have any home runs, something Ducks officials would surely like to see changed. Little power, but a good contact hitter with good speed? Sounds like a Justin Davies clone to me, and everyone knows how successful he was in this league. – Mike Ashmore

Somerset Gets Urban: As Mike told you the other day, the A.L. was close to seeing pitcher Jeff Urban, no relation to my man Keith Urban, join the league. The Somerset Patriots signed the left-hander, who has Triple-A experience with the San Francisco Giants organization.

In unrelated news: Ashmore’s favorite Urban song is “It’s Raining on Sunday.” Just wait for Urban to pitch on a rainy Sunday and he’ll be more happy than writing about Scott Patterson. – Scott Stanchak

Ashmore Note: Urban made his debut with Somerset, allowing two runs on three hits in one inning, hitting a batter as well.

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1. thomas / new haven - May 30, 2006

i hope bryant nelson is at the game tonight in bpt, i’ll be down there near bob (b-fish fans know who i’m talking about)

2. Anonymous - May 30, 2006

dont understand this signing where is he going to play? are they going to bench angel espada?

b-fish fan

3. Ashmore - May 30, 2006

To me, this is a sign that Darula isn’t coming…but you can read all about that Rich’s article today.

As I mentioned, Nelson is a very versatile player, so I’d look for him to see more time in the outfield than in the infield.

-M-

4. Anonymous - May 30, 2006

Alex Hernandez 1b From The Lancaster Barnstormers Had To Return Home For Personal Family Matters. He Left 5\26\2006 for Florida

5. Anonymous - May 31, 2006

Who was your 21st Red Sox interview?

6. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 31, 2006

I answer this full well knowing you, in all likelihood, don’t actually care.

But, assuming my math is correct, it was Bruce Chen.

-M-

7. BoosterBabe - May 31, 2006

This just in from the Reading Phillies website:
Burnham got 2 RBIs tonight…..Reading beat Binghamton 3-1!

GO GARY!!!!

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 31, 2006

Binghamton’s lineup features 2005 Somerset Patriots Ray Navarrete. I talked to him for a little bit on Saturday and Monday, and he wasn’t sure if his ring had come in the mail yet. He was also asking a lot about how Somerset was doing and about specific players in the lineup. Navarrete is an everyday outfielder for the B-Mets.

-M-


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