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January 9, 2007 – Brad Strauss Q&A set for 1/16 January 9, 2007

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Brad Strauss in a 2003 photo pulled out of the archives

Strauss Next To Do Q&A: Brad Strauss of the Camden Riversharks will be the next participant in our Inside the Atlantic League series.

The 2003 AL Batting Champ will be stopping by on January 16th at 4PM to answer fans questions. To send in a question for Brad, use MASHMORE@PATRIOTSBASEBALL.COM and fire away.

I expect a strong turnout from our Riversharks fan base on this one, as well as Ducks fans who remember Brad from his stay there.

January 19th Q&A: Which Atlantic League player will be participating in a Q&A at 2PM on the 19th? Check back tomorrow for the details.

Two Patriots Sign Affiliated Deals: One of these moves might surprise you, the other might not.

C Fernando Lunar and P Jeff Urban have signed minor league deals with the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants, respectively. Both players have previous experience in their respective organizations, with Lunar playing in the big leagues for Atlanta and Urban spending a few years in the Giants minor-league system.

The Lunar move was somewhat surprising, as he abruptly left the Patriots towards the end of the season. Furthermore, his performance didn’t seem to warrant a return to affiliated ball, as he hit just .193 with two home runs and 18 RBI last season.

Not to rip the guy, but I’m constantly amazed that there are guys who consistently put up good numbers in the Atlantic League that can’t get a look in affiliated ball.

As for Urban, who stands roughly eight feet tall (OK fine, he’s 6′ 8″), the lefty performed well in a variety of roles for Somerset last season. He finished with a 3-1 record and 3.23 ERA, recovering nicely after allowing four earned runs in his first two innings pitched with the team.

He joined the team as a middle reliever, but was eventually forced into the starting rotation at the end of the year.

Moss Invited To Spring Training: P Damian Moss, who spent part of 2006 with the Long Island Ducks, was one of 26 players the San Francisco Giants extended a non-roster invite to for Spring Training.

Moss will be joined by INF Tomas De La Rosa, who played for the Nashua Pride before they joined the Can-Am League. Speaking of Nashua…

Mr. Rojas Goes To Washington: The Nashua Pride announced they sold the contract of C Tommy Rojas to the Washington Nationals. Rojas and Elliott Ayala joined Somerset in a “trade” with Nashua at the end of 2006.

The Pride Is Back: Curtis Pride, the only man in Atlantic League history to wear his last name on the front of his jersey when he played for Nashua, re-signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Rocha To Northern League: Juan Rocha, who most recently played in the Atlantic League for Bridgeport, inked a deal with the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League today. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com

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Comments»

1. SouthernALFan - January 10, 2007

Thank you for always compiling this information. I wish the league was better at publicizing its moves.

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - January 10, 2007

No problem. I don’t do this stuff for myself, so I’m glad people enjoy it.

-M-


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