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March 14, 2007 March 14, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Core: Not only is it Stone Temple Pilots best album, it’s also what the Lancaster Barnstormers are bringing back.

The club announced that C Manny Santana, INF Danny Gonzalez, OF Justin “Jutt” Hileman and OF Chris Van Rossum will be returning to the club for the 2007 season.

Santana has played in four different organizations in his career, and joined the Atlantic League a few years back as a member of the Somerset Patriots. He appeared in 76 games for Lancaster in 2006, and will likely backup Lance Burkhart again.

Gonzalez has experience in the Phillies organization and has played in Lancaster for parts of the last two seasons.

Hileman, an original Barnstormer, was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 2000 draft. He was an everyday player last season, hitting .286 in that role.

Van Rossum, who started his AL career with the Bears, is in his third season in Lancaster as well. Increased playing time last year saw a dramatic drop in batting average, and he’s probably going to return as a fourth outfielder.

Sharks Ink Powell: P Greg Powell is headed back to Camden for his third season with the Riversharks. The 28-year-old Temple grad has had an interesting stay with the club, going 16-7 in 2005, but posting a much worse record (5-11) with a far better ERA (3.22 compared to 4.31) the following season. He’s a lock to re-join the team’s starting rotation.

One pitcher who won’t be coming back is Shaun Babula. This might be old news to some, but I recently learned that the ex-Bear and Rivershark is now in camp with the Chicago White Sox.

Patriots Update: The team is close to bringing back a fan favorite from last year, I’m hoping to be able to have more details later, but keep an eye out for that.

UPDATE: The team has announced the signings of C Travis Anderson and P Tony Mounce, as well as a trade for the rights to OF Elliott Ayala.

Mounce appeared in 11 games for the Texas Rangers and a handful of games for the Patriots last season before being released since his arm simply wasn’t ready. It should not be overlooked that he and Dave Elder are friends from their days in the Rangers organization.

Ayala…um, this is surprising. I didn’t really see anything from last year that would have made me think he was coming back. If nothing else, this is an out for him, since he really had no other place to play after being suspended by Can-Am League officials for the first dozen games of this season.

I spoke to Brett Jodie before these signings were announced, and he indicated that the search for position players was pretty tough, so perhaps that’s an indication of just what’s out there right now.

Bears Get Two: Former Surf P Jason DiAngelo has signed with the Bears, who also officially signed P Aaron Ledbetter. DiAngelo was an Atlantic League All-Star last season.

Updated Signings Chart:

Bridgeport: Bucky Jacobsen*, Pat Mahomes*

Camden: Caleb Balbuena, L.J. Biernbaum, Ryan Costello, Brendon Davis, Matt DeMarco, Bryan Edwards, Dwight Maness, Randy McGarvey, Ramon Nivar, Angel Pena, Greg Powell, Brad Strauss

Lancaster: Clayton Andrews, Lance Burkhart, Derrick DePriest, Brett Evert, Danny Gonzalez, Justin Hileman, James Lira, Manny Santana, Jeremy Todd, Steve Van Note, Chris Van Rossum

Long Island: Pat Ahearne, Edgardo Alfonzo, Rob Cafiero, Tim Cain, Kevin Haverbusch, Randy Leek, Travis Wade*

Newark: Edwin Almonte, Erick Almonte**, Jake Brooks, Ramon Castro, Jason DiAngelo, Joey Gomes, Aaron Ledbetter, Pat Peavey*

Road Warriors: None

Somerset: Travis Anderson, Elliott Ayala, Tony Mounce, Jeff Nettles

York: Rayner Bautista, Peter Bergeron, Chris Cooper, Nate Espy, Vic Gutierrez, Charlie Hessletine, Darin Kinsolving, David Maust, Luis Taveras

*Not under contract
**Expected to stick with affiliate
**Not yet official

Road Warriors Coaching Situation: I spoke to Atlantic League Executive Director Joe Klein this morning, and he said the announcement regarding the Road Warriors coaching situation is “imminent.”

The former big league general manager, down in Florida making some Spring Training visits, indicated he’d like to announce the entire coaching staff at the same time. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore@atlanticleaguebaseball.com


1. Amy - March 14, 2007

Mike…you like what the Barnstormers are doing so far? Any comments on the signings they have made?

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 14, 2007

They probably have the best complete core group of players in the Atlantic League. The fact that they were able to bring the majority of those players back will be very beneficial to them.

I’m not jumping up and down about what any team has done yet, but I’m not expecting to, either. The real splashes are going to be made when MLB teams start making cuts, that’s when you’ll start to see players with some name value making Atlantic League stops.

3. Roadwarriorfan - March 15, 2007

Jeff Scott back with Road Warriors with DJ Boston getting a coaching position.


4. Amy - March 15, 2007

Yeah you are right Mike. I like the moves so far but we’ll see what else happens in the next month!

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