March 31, 2007 March 31, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Tim Bausher throws under the watchful eye of Sparky Lyle during Saturday’s open tryout. (Picture courtesy: Somerset Patriots)
Patriots Tryout Update: If P Tim Bausher ever signs with the Somerset Patriots, he might have earned the nickname “Flash” thanks to his performance this morning.
Bausher, who split last season with Triple-A Pawtucket and Louisville, was invited by Patriots manager Sparky Lyle to the tryout. Wearing his Pawsox cap, he was one of the first to throw, and as soon as he came…he was gone.
The 27-year-old righty was one of at least two players with experience in affiliated ball scattered amongst the crowd of 50 or so hopefuls, the other being P Dave Pahucki.
Pahucki also has extensive experience in the Red Sox organization, and reached Double-A Portland in 2005. He appeared in a handful of games for the Nashua Pride in 2006.
Patriots GM Patrick McVerry told me that Somerset hadn’t signed anyone as of yet, and that Bausher had several other teams that had expressed interest in him. Bausher lives in Pennsylvania, and has expressed an interest in pitching closer to home.
Bausher and Pahucki were looking to join the list of Patriots signed from open tryouts, including…
1999- Jay Laub
2000- Adrean Acevedo
2003- Tony Gsell; Jay Reames
2004- Paul Ottavinia; Bryan Malko
2006- Jim Burt; Ryan McDermond
(Thanks to Marc Russinoff for the list)
Bausher threw around 30 pitches in the visiting bullpen in front of Lyle and McVerry, and his fastball seemed to have a lot of pop. Anyone who was asked about him had positive things to say, and team officials certainly seemed interested in bringing him aboard.
For quotes from Lyle and McVerry, make sure you check out my 4/5 article in the Hunterdon County Democrat.
Bears Tryout Update: I spoke to GM John Brandt via telephone this afternoon, and he said the Bears have a handful of guys they’re looking at from a crowd of a little over 100 players that attended this morning’s tryout session.
The team will likely issue a press release on Monday with more details, but I can tell you that at least one former Bear was on hand in Newark, hoping for another shot. – Ashmore