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March 30, 2007 March 30, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

SomerStuff: I’m expecting to be able to have some updates on yesterday’s Patriots news by the end of the today — make sure you keep checking back for the latest.

UPDATE: I spoke to Somerset Patriots GM Patrick McVerry this afternoon, and here’s where things stand with a few players.

McVerry and star outfielder Ryan Radmanovich have spoken as recently as this morning, and he said things are kind of in a “wait and see” stage right now.

“He’s been an integral part of our team, the door is open for him,” McVerry said.

All indications point to Radman returning for a fifth season, it’s just a matter of when he’ll be able to join the ballclub.

Matt Dryer is also someone on the Patriots radar, but multiple sources have said he’ll be manning the hot corner for the York Revolution.

McVerry said that director of player procurement Brett Jodie has reached out to Dryer, pointing out that the two were teammates on the 2003 championship team.

I spoke to Dryer myself earlier this afternoon, and he was very surprised that he was released by the Cardinals organizaion, saying he’d been hitting .300 with the Triple-A club this Spring.

He’s still holding out hope for a return to affiliated ball, but mentioned Somerset and York as two possibilities for an Atlantic League return.

McVerry is excited about the chances of the 2007 Patriots, saying that he feels the team has addressed some pressing needs from last season, specifically team speed.

He also points to a veteran pitching staff as one of the team’s strong suits, so clearly there a few more names that the team has yet to announce.

Patriots tryouts are tomorrow from 10AM to 2PM at Bridgewater’s Commerce Bank Ballpark.

To cover this, I passed up free tickets to a Red Sox-Phillies exhibition game and the chance to watch American Gladiators all day long on ESPN Classic. American Gladiators.

Jodie said a couple of days ago that the team wasn’t bringing in anyone specifically to try out, as Adam Gladstone had done last year with Jim Burt, Jr.

The Handy-Dandy Who’s Signed Where Chart:

Bridgeport: Matt Beech, Shaun Boyd, Bobby Darula, Sean Fesh, Luis Figueroa, Jesse Hoorelbeke, Bucky Jacobsen*, Milko Jaramillo, Albie Lopez, Pat Mahomes*, John Nathans, Franklin Perez, Jeremy Ware

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

Lancaster: Eric Ackerman, Clayton Andrews, Lance Burkhart, Dario Delgado, Derrick DePriest, Jeremy Dietrick, Brett Evert, Quincy Foster, Danny Gonzalez, Bo Hart, Justin Hileman, James Lira, Gustavo Martinez, Jason Norderum, Ross Peeples, Todd Pennington, Manny Santana, Scott Sobkowiak, Josh Stevens, Jeremy Todd, Steve Van Note, Chris Van Rossum, Manny Vazquez-Santiago, Clyde Williams, Michael Woods

Long Island: Pat Ahearne, Edgardo Alfonzo, Rob Cafiero, Tim Cain, James Garcia, Kevin Haverbusch, Randy Leek, Ray Navarrete, Jamie Pogue, Pete Rose, Jr., Travis Wade

Newark: Edwin Almonte, Erick Almonte**, Josh Arteaga, Jake Brooks, Matt Brunson, Ramon Castro, Javier Colina, Jason DiAngelo, Joey Gomes, Jose Herrera, Aaron Ledbetter, Delvis Pacheco, John Pachot, Pat Peavey*, J.J. Trujillo

Road Warriors: None

Somerset: Travis Anderson, Elliott Ayala, Todd Leathers, Sam Marsonek, Tony Mounce, Jeff Nettles, Teuris Olivares, Ryan Radmanovich***, R.D. Spiehs

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

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

Breakdown By Position

Italics denotes that a player is being listed in his secondary position


INF: Luis Figueroa (3B/SS), Jesse Hoorelbeke (1B), Milko Jaramillo (SS)
OF: Shaun Boyd, Bobby Darula, John Nathans, Jeremy Ware
C: John Nathans
SP: Matt Beech, Albie Lopez
RP: Sean Fesh, Franklin Perez

(Ashmore’s Updated Notes: The Bluefish are off to a good start. I’d like to see them improve their infield, and they still need an everyday catcher.)


INF: Cristian Berroa (SS), Matt DeMarco (3B/SS),Ramon Nivar (2B), Brad Strauss (3B/DH)
OF: Denny Abreu, L.J. Biernbaum, Dwight Maness, Ramon Nivar
C: Randy McGarvey, Angel Pena
SP: Ryan Costello, Brendon Davis, Greg Powell
RP: Caleb Balbuena, Brendon Davis, Bryan Edwards, Chris Fussell

(Ashmore’s Updated Notes: Check out the 3/23 post for my Riversharks thoughts.)


INF: Dario Delgado (1B/3B), Danny Gonzalez (SS), Bo Hart (2B), Jeremy Todd (1B), Steve Van Note (3B), Mike Woods (2B)
OF: Quincy Foster, Jutt Hileman, Jeremy Todd, Chris Van Rossum, Clyde Williams, Mike Woods
C: Lance Burkhart, Jeremy Dietrick, Manny Santana
SP: Clayton Andrews, Brett Evert, Gustavo Martinez, Jason Norderum, Josh Stevens
RP: Eric Ackerman, Derrick DePriest, James Lira, Jason Norderum, Ross Peeples, Todd Pennington, Scott Sobkowiak, Manny Vazquez-Santiago

(Ashmore’s Updated Notes: Rather obviously, the Barnstormers haven’t done anything that would change my opinion that they’ve done the best job so far this off-season. From talking to a few of Lancaster’s players, it seems set in stone that James Lira is the closer. Outside of that, you’d have to think that at least one of the other seven names you see under “RP” might not make it to May 4th.)

Long Island

INF: Edgardo Alfonzo (3B), Rob Cafiero (1B), Kevin Haverbusch (1B), Ray Navarrete (SS/3B), Pete Rose, Jr. (1B/3B)
OF: Kevin Haverbusch, Pete Rose, Jr.
C: Jamie Pogue
SP: Pat Ahearne, Tim Cain, James Garcia, Randy Leek
RP: Rob Cafiero, Tim Cain, James Garcia, Travis Wade

(Ashmore’s Updated Notes: I keep waiting for that press release that’s going to make me say wow. I’ve yet to see it. Based on the roster they have right now, I’d be hard pressed to pick them for a playoff spot.)


INF: Erick Almonte** (3B/SS), Josh Arteaga (3B), Matt Brunson (2B), Ramon Castro (SS/3B), Javier Colina (2B), Pat Peavey* (3B/1B)
OF: Joey Gomes, Jose Herrera
C: John Pachot
SP: Aaron Ledbetter, Delvis Pacheco, J.J. Trujillo
RP: Edwin Almonte, Jake Brooks, Jason DiAngelo, Delvis Pacheco, J.J. Trujillo

(Ashmore’s Updated Notes: Newark’s really been flying under the radar this off-season. They’ve been quietly signing players with big league experience that are new to the league, which is something that other teams haven’t really seemed to focus on. The Bears could surprise some people this season under the direction of Wayne Krenchicki — they just need to add a few more pieces to the puzzle.)


INF: Elliott Ayala (SS), Todd Leathers (DH/1B), Jeff Nettles (3B), Teuris Olivares (2B)
OF: Elliott Ayala, Ryan Radmanovich***
C: Travis Anderson
SP: Tony Mounce,
RP: Sam Marsonek, R.D. Spiehs

(Ashmore’s Updated Notes: The good news is that Ryan Radmanovich will be a Somerset Patriot this season. The bad news is that you might not see him in the first month of the season or so. A lot of the positions have been updated since 3/23…Leathers is now primarily listed as a DH, and Mounce has been moved to a starter. If two names that should appear in the bullpen are announced soon, it looks like the team will have strong relief pitching as usual.)


INF: Rayner Bautista (2B), Nate Espy (1B), Vic Gutierrez (SS), Travis Hake (2B), Darin Kinsolving (1B)
OF: Peter Bergeron, Darin Kinsolving
C: Luis Taveras
SP: David Maust
RP: Chris Cooper, Charlie Hesseltine, David Maust

(Ashmore’s Updated Notes: York hasn’t done anything since I last did this on 3/23 — unless you count releasing a few pictures of their mascot…and yeah, nobody counts that.)

Major Leaguers Who’ve Signed

Bridgeport: Matt Beech (PHI), Albie Lopez (CLE/TB/ARI/ATL/KC)
Camden: Chris Fussell (BAL/KC), Ramon Nivar (BAL/TEX), Angel Pena (LAD)
Lancaster: Clayton Andrews (TOR), Bo Hart (STL), Scott Sobkowiak (ATL)
Long Island: Pat Ahearne (DET), Edgardo Alfonzo (LAA/NYM/SF/TOR), Pete Rose, Jr. (CIN)
Newark: Edwin Almonte (NYM), Erick Almonte** (NYY), Ramon Castro (OAK), J.J. Trujillo (SD)
Somerset: Sam Marsonek (NYY), Tony Mounce (TEX), Ryan Radmanovich*** (SEA)
York: Peter Bergeron (MON)

(Ashmore’s Updated Notes: ZERO Red Sox? Let’s see which teams read the small print…I’ll make a small donation to the charity of the choice of the first team that signs a Red Sox player that is new to the league on the condition that the team matches it. Seriously.)

(Ashmore’s Serious Updated Notes: Albie Lopez is the highest profile big leaguer that any team has signed since I did this seven days ago. He’s the only player on the list that can say he has a World Series ring…so say what you want about his numbers, but you can’t take that away from him.)

Familiar Faces

Bridgeport: Matt Beech, Bobby Darula, Sean Fesh, Luis Figueroa, John Nathans
Camden: Denny Abreu, Caleb Balbuena (AC), L.J. Biernbaum, Ryan Costello, Brendon Davis, Matt DeMarco, Chris Fussell, Dwight Maness, Randy McGarvey, Angel Pena, Greg Powell, Brad Strauss
Lancaster: Eric Ackerman, Lance Burkhart, Jeremy Dietrick (AC), Dario Delgado (NWK), Brett Evert, Quincy Foster, Danny Gonzalez, Jutt Hileman, James Lira, Ross Peeples, Todd Pennington, Manny Santana, Josh Stevens, Jeremy Todd, Steve Van Note, Chris Van Rossum, Scott Sobkowiak, Clyde Williams (AC)
Long Island: Pat Ahearne, Edgardo Alfonzo (BPT), Rob Cafiero, Tim Cain, Kevin Haverbusch, Ray Navarrete, Jamie Pogue, Pete Rose, Jr., Travis Wade (NWK)
Newark: Erick Almonte** (LI), Jake Brooks, Matt Brunson, Jason DiAngelo (AC), Jose Herrera, Delvis Pacheco (CAM), John Pachot (CAM)
Somerset: Travis Anderson, Elliott Ayala, Todd Leathers (AC), Tony Mounce, Jeff Nettles, Teuris Olivares (NWK/RW), Ryan Radmanovich***
York: Rayner Bautista (AC), Peter Bergeron (NAS), Vic Gutierrez (AC/CAM/LV), Travis Hake (LAN), Charlie Hesseltine (AC)

New To The League

Bridgeport: Shaun Boyd, Jesse Hoorelbeke, Milko Jaramillo, Albie Lopez, Franklin Perez, Jeremy Ware
Camden: Cristian Berroa, Bryan Edwards, Ramon Nivar,
Lancaster: Clayton Andrews, Derrick DePriest, Bo Hart, Gustavo Martinez, Jason Norderum, Manny Vazquez-Santiago, Mike Woods
Long Island: James Garcia, Randy Leek
Newark: Edwin Almonte, Josh Arteaga, Ramon Castro, Javier Colina, Joey Gomes, Aaron Ledbetter, Pat Peavey*, J.J. Trujillo
Somerset: Sam Marsonek, R.D. Spiehs
York: Chris Cooper, Nate Espy, Darin Kinsolving, David Maust, Luis Taveras

Taylor Axed: Jason Guarente, who’s done a great job with his Barnstormers coverage this off-season, reports that OF Reggie Taylor was released by the Washington Nationals organization.

Guarente writes that Taylor is a possibility to return to a very crowded Lancaster outfield.

Larry Barnes Update: Click here for a story on former Patriots 1B/OF Larry Barnes, who’s receiving a long look from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Opening Day Coverage: Back in 2005, Hurricane Katrina affected millions of people. And just because you were a Major League pitcher, it doesn’t mean you were immune to it.

Which former Patriot returned home to find a foot and a half of standing water in his house, which was just twenty minutes away from New Orleans’ Ninth Ward?

Stay tuned for the tale of Kirk Bullinger, now the pitching coach at the University of New Orleans, in my May 4th Opening Day coverage right here on AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com

(Note: The story will appear first in the May 3rd issue of the Democrat)

I went in thinking I was getting a baseball story, and I ended up getting a whole lot more…and don’t worry, we talked about baseball too.

ALSO: This former Boston Red Sox catcher became the fourth player in Major League history to hit a grand slam for his first big league hit. He also spent parts of two seasons in the Atlantic League.

Find out who he is and what he’s been up to since leaving the league on May 4th in my extensive Opening Day coverage. – Mike Ashmore


1. BoosterBabe - March 30, 2007

Who’s Kris Beech??
Isn’t it Matt Beech? If it’s not, then I’m looking forward to the wrong Beech…

I think Matt Beech actually did spend some time in the Red Sox organization, Mike. For one thing, I’ve seen him carry his gear in a Red Sox bag. But I remembered that because I’m a Beech fan AND a Sox fan. Read here:

Yes, mostly in the Phillies organization and he’s pictured in a Reading uniform. But he spent time in 2004 in Pawtucket, before needing TJ surgery. How ironic. He had TJ surgery, now TJ is his boss! LOL

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 30, 2007

You should know by now that I ALWAYS screw that one up multiple times a season.

I’m a hockey guy, and Kris Beech is a Washington Capitals forward.

Matt Beech is the guy I’m going to cover this year, although I did cover Kris during a WBS Penguins game for our old WDVR radio show.

3. BoosterBabe - March 30, 2007

Aren’t the WBS Penquins one of the arch-rivals of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers? I seem to recall one year the two teams were in the championships together. WBS won, I believe. And there were more Scranton fans at the Arena in Bpt than ST fans. (yup, that’s Bridgeport!!! For years, people complained “There’s nothing to do here…”. Now we have two pro sports teams, and both are under-attended).

4. qwackedup - March 30, 2007

FYI, the “big-name” signings you are waiting for from Long Island and anyone else usually come in mid-April, when major-league rosters have been established as well as minor-league rosters. This is when guys with major-league experience decide they would rather go independent than play in the minors with no room for advancement in their organization. The Ducks usually don’t announce their big names until right around Atlantic League spring training so wait another 2-3 weeks. Then you can determine if they are playoff material or not but then again, the Atlantic League rosters change so much during the year that you can’t predict now who will be good in the second half.

5. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 30, 2007

Erick Almonte got a “wow” out of me last year, and he was one of the first players signed throughout the league.

I know that the biggest names we’re going to see haven’t signed yet, but still…they’re the Ducks, it’s their duty to make a big, ridiculous splash with some big name player.

It’s what they do.

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