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Lancaster Signs Mystery Player?: INF Rene Aqueron is listed as being a member of the Lancaster Barnstormers on the Atlantic League’s official website. If true, he might be an option at third base instead of Steve Van Note. If false, then I can only go off of what information is out there, so don’t shoot the messenger.

He’s a third baseman who got to A-Ball with Baltimore last season.

York Also Has Mystery Player: INF Luis Cotto is also listed as being on the York Revolution, according to the AL’s site. Cotto is a 25-year-old Puerto Rican infielder who never got above A-Ball with the Royals, Indians or Cardinals organizations.

The all-glove, no-stick label likely applies here; his career numbers are .204/4/100 in 1,356 career at-bats.

Bears Trade For Nettles: OF Marcus Nettles, that is. Nettles, who one site lists as having the worst arm in all of pro baseball, may also be one of the fastest runners.

He was acquired in a deal with New Haven of the Can-Am League for future considerations.

Road Warriors Have Players: And his name is P Cody Harkcom. The Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association sent him over for future considerations.

According to the AL website, the team has also signed P Damien Myers and P Julio Guerrero. Guerrero was with the RW last year, while Myers had a rocky road with Camden last season.

Myers is best known for being suspended in 2005 for violating baseball’s steroid policy.

2003 RW Alum P Greg Runser signed with the Bay Area Toros of the Continental Baseball League today as well. – MA

Revolution Reel In Seven: The York Revolution made a few big league signings today and brought back several familiar A.L. faces. Here’s the press release:

OF Kazunori Tanaka is a former number one draft pick in Japan. Selected out of high school in 2000 by the Yokohama Baystars, the speedy outfielder made his big league debut at age 19. Tanaka, 25, has played seven years professionally and parts of five seasons in the Japanese Major Leagues. In 341 career big league games, “Kazu” has batted .260 with one homer, 13 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. In the minors last season in Japan, he batted .292 in 82 games with a home run and 14 RBI. Known as an Ichiro-like contact hitter at the top of the lineup, he struck out just 13 times in 219 at-bats in 2006.

LHP Wayne Franklin has spent parts of the last seven seasons in the Major Leagues with the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He has appeared in 143 big league contests with 40 starts, compiling a career record of 14-16 with a 5.54 ERA. Last season, the 32-year-old appeared in 11 games with Atlanta and 35 games at Triple-A Richmond, where he went 2-3 with four saves and a 2.36 ERA. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 36th round of the 1996 draft, the Wilmington, DEUniversity of Maryland (Baltimore Co.) grad has racked up a minor league record of 43-28 with 43 saves and a 3.06 ERA. native and

LHP Matt Ford has split time as a starter and reliever throughout his career. In 2003, Ford ascended directly from Single-A to the Majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched in 25 games – starting four – going 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA. The 25-year-old has pitched at Double-A and Triple-A the last three seasons. Since being drafted out of high school in the third round of the 1999 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, the ninth-year pro has compiled a 28-31 minor league record with a 3.55 ERA.

Matt Dryer is a utility-player who has seen time at third base, first base, and outfield during his five-year professional career. The 27-year-old was originally selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 15th round of the 2002 draft out of the University of Miami (FL). He helped the Somerset Patriots win an Atlantic League championship in 2003, and has spent the last three years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

The Revolution also announced the signings of three other pitchers: LHP Chris Steinborn, RHP Jason Olson and RHP Matt Hirsh. Both Steinborn and Olson pitched in the Atlantic League last season, while Hirsh, who is the brother of reigning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year Jason Hirsh, spent last season with the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals organizations. ” – Scott Stanchak

Pats Sign Two: Bridgewater, NJ – The Three-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots
have announced the signing of former Major League left-handed pitchers Phil Norton and Josh Stewart.

Norton has Major League experience with the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. He had a 5.07 ERA in 92.1 innings and struck out 61 in 92 Major League games.

During the 2003 season with the Reds, Norton had a 2.45 ERA in 17 games pitched.

In addition to three seasons of Major League experience, Norton has four seasons at the Triple-A level for the Cubs and Reds. Norton has a minor league career record of 64-53, a 3.84 ERA, and 869 strikeouts in 965 innings pitched in 266 games.

Stewart has Major League experience with the Chicago White Sox, where he pitched in eight games over parts of two seasons. Stewart started seven of his eight games in the Major Leagues.

In addition to his Major League time, Stewart has three seasons of Triple-A experience for the White Sox and Florida Marlins.

He has a minor league career 43-43 record, a 4.49 ERA, and 484 strikeouts in 773 innings pitched in 163 games played.

“We are very excited about adding both Phil and Josh to our pitching staff. It’s always a big plus to have pitchers with Major League experience on the roster. If you look at our history, the years that we’ve been successful are
the ones that we have former Major Leaguers leading the way,” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

Ashmore’s Takes: While York may have added marbles by their Tanaka signing (hello, Major League reference) I’m not entirely sure what they added on the field. 341 games and one homer and 13 RBI? Did I read that right?

I like the Franklin signing, and the Ford signing is nice too. Two former big league guys that are new to the league. Good.

Dryer I knew about, since we had that first a few days ago…Steinborn was a Road Warrior last season and did all right there, but Olson is the one I’m surprised about. I’ll find out more about this one tomorrow, but I would have thought he would have come back to Somerset.

As for Somerset’s signings, this is what I alluded to by them being busy. Again, two big league guys new to the league. Good job by them. – Ashmore


1. Roadwarriorfan - April 4, 2007

According to the Atlantic League’s official website the Road Warriors also signed LHP Damien Myers and RHP Julio Guerrero. Guerrero pitched in 55 games for the Warriors last season.

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - April 4, 2007

Great catch by you. I think there are two other players that haven’t reported anywhere else on there as well.

No idea why the fonts and spacing are being screwy, by the way.

3. Amy - April 5, 2007

Mike where on the atlanticleague site can I see that info about the mystery players..I can’t seem to find it? Thanks.

4. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - April 5, 2007

It wouldn’t be a mystery if I told you, would it? Muahahahaha.

Transactions page.

5. Amy - April 5, 2007

Thanks I somehow missed that. another mystery..who is Brent Evert? hahaha

6. JNTODD25 - April 5, 2007

hey mike,

rene aqueron is going to be used as a utl guy for us adam told me he has a good swing and a decent glove at 3 or more pos. so we will see if he sticks since mike woods is going to be the same thing and “van note as well…” i wouldnt expect much from tanaka. i watched the dvd his agent sent over with basa and i can’t say that i am expecting much i remember watching the same seeing eye grounder 3 times and in slow mo once as well. if that is the best he has, i don’t expect much. looked ok defensively, i hope since he cant hit.

7. Amy - April 5, 2007

Good info there Jeremy..thanks for the update.

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