March 6, 2007 March 6, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Bears Bring Back Brooks: The Newark Bears will be bringing back 2005 All-Star Jake Brooks to their pitching staff. Brooks was signed by the Cleveland Indians later that year. – Scott Stanchak
The Driver Of The Bus: According to Atlantic League Executive Director Joe Klein, an announcement regarding the Road Warriors coaching staff is expected by Friday.
Barnstormers Sign Four: The Lancaster Barnstormers signed a mix of new and familiar faces today. LHP Clayton Andrews, RHP Derrick DePriest, RHP Brett Evert and RHP James Lira have all agreed to terms with the Barnstormers.
Andrews brings big league time to the barn, having appeared in eight games for the 2000 Toronto Blue Jays. He went 1-2 with a 10.02 ERA for the Jays, but has a 4.52 ERA over ten minor league seasons. He also has previous indy ball experience, spending his 2004 campaign in the Northeast League.
DePriest is a big dude. At 6’8″, 240 pounds, he uses a sidearm delivery that he switched to while in college at North Carolina. He was also a kicker, punter and placeholder on their football team. He has extensive independent baseball experience, and was most recently the closer for the Can-Am League’s Nashua Pride.
Evert, who pitched in the 2002 Futures Game, appeared in just one contest last season for Lancaster. He’s reached Triple-A in each of the past three seasons, including last year when he made a start with Pawtucket, Boston’s affiliate in the International League. The former Braves draft pick seems like a front-runner to get picked up again this season, he strikes out a lot of batters and has the kind of upper level experience that teams like.
Lira finished 2006 in Lancaster. The former Devil Rays draft choice had spent all or parts of four seasons with Coastal Bend of the American Association before joining the Barnstormers. He brings a 27-22 career record to Lancaster, as well as a 3.09 ERA.
Rocky Reputation: Former Long Island Ducks P John Rocker, who the Ducks surely regret signing since his name is now associated with them forever, will now likely be associated with steroids forever as well.
Rocker was named as one of the customers in the newest steroid scandal, and becomes the second AL alum to have been implicated.
Jose Canseco, who I actually recently spoke to for a story I’m working on, was also recently outed.
Wesson To Astros: Barry Wesson, not to be confused with 7th Heaven’s Barry Watson, has signed with the Houston Astros. Wesson spent part of last season with the Bridgeport Bluefish.
News Updates: Things might be a little slow over the next couple of days. My cat Bo, my best friend since I was seven, is off to kitty heaven on Thursday and I want to spend as much time with him as I can until then.
I won’t have the time I need to update things the way I usually do — and the Atlantic League becomes pretty insignificant compared to my little guy, so just keep that in mind over the next couple of days. Feel free to keep him in your prayers and all that good stuff. – Mike Ashmore, email@example.com