June 5, 2007 June 5, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Ducks Lose Two: The Long Island Ducks have lost Randy Leek and Kevin Tolar to Taiwan. The loss of Tolar is no surprise, as I spoke to the former Red Sox pitcher in the visiting clubhouse in Somerset a few weeks back and specifically asked him if he’d go overseas. He said he’d do it in a second, and sure enough…he’s gone.
Leek is the bigger loss, however, as he was 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA in five starts for Long Island.
Tolar was 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in 15 relief appearances, clearly unable to replicate his stellar performance from last season.
I would assume that Tim Cain will be moved into the starting rotation until they can sign (insert big leaguer here).
Stevens, Sweeney And Spivey Take Monthly Awards: The Atlantic League has named Lancaster P Josh Stevens and Newark Bears starter P Matt Sweeney as the May Co-Pitchers of the Month, and Bluefish INF Junior Spivey as the Player of the Month.
It’s hard to argue with either selection, as Stevens has thrown complete game shutouts in his last two outings, Sweeney leads the league in wins with five, and Spivey leads the league in hitting with a .404 average.
Bobby Brownlie (All Photos: Mike Ashmore)
Brownlie Watch: The Bobby Brownlie watch continues here at ALB. The Newark Bears starter went seven and two thirds innings last night, striking out seven batters and walking none. He had a strikeout in every inning but the first and seventh, and threw 32 balls and 62 strikes in his 94 pitch outing.
Unfortunately for him, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, and the Patriots walked off with an 8-7 win against the struggling Jason DiAngelo.
Here’s a waaaaaaay too detailed look at Brownlie’s outing.
Garcia: 3 pitches, 6-3
Olivares: 2 pitches, P-4
Lockwood: 3 pitches, F-9
Nettles: 1 pitch, hit to left
Pressley: 3 pitches, K
Hernandez: 6 pitches, RBI double to left-center
Leathers: 1 pitch, hit to right
Zinter: 6 pitches, strikeout (inning ends on caught stealing at home)
Ayala: 4 pitches, 6-3
Garcia: 4 pitches, single to right
Olivares: 3 pitches, K
Lockwood: 2 pitches, F-7
Nettles: 6 pitches, K
Pressley: 1 pitch, P-4
Hernandez: 3 pitches, 6-3
Leathers: 3 pitches, K
Zinter: 1 pitch, double to left
Ayala: 5 pitches, single to center — Zinter out at the plate
Garcia: 4 pitches, home run to deep left center
Olivares: 2 pitches, 4-1
Lockwood: 5 pitches, K
Nettles: 1 pitch, F-8
Pressley: 4 pitches, F-8
Hernandez: 4 pitches, 6-3
Leathers: 3 pitches, 5-3
Zinter: 5 pitches, P-6
Ayala: 6 pitches, K
Garcia: 1 pitch, double
Olivares: 3 pitches, 1-3
Lockwood: 2 pitches, RBI single
Relieved by Edwin Almonte
All in all, Brownlie had four 1-2-3 innings and really only made one mistake, the home run by Danny Garcia in the fifth. He pitched a lot better than his line would indicate, and showed excellent command of his knuckle-curve. His fastball, according to a scout in attendance, was at 87-88 MPH.
Barnstormers Reliever Dealt: Jason Guarente writes that the Lancaster Barnstormers have “traded” P Manny Vazquez-Santiago to the Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League in exchange for a “player to be named later.”
For those of you holding your breath for that guy to show up, might I recommend some oxygen…
13 letters, 17 straight games with a hit…
(Chiaravolloti photo: Ashmore)
Vito’s Goin’ Streaking: Road Warriors INF Vito Chiaravolloti has extended his Atlantic League season-high hitting streak to 17 games.
The former Toronto Blue Jays prospect is now ten games short of the single-season record, set by Billy Hall in 2005, and eleven games short of the overall record, set by Joe Jiannetti this season.
Last season, only five hitting streaks (Mel Stocker, Jiannetti, Raul Marval, Al Benjamin and Kevin Nicholson) lasted longer than 17 games.
What’s also interesting to note is that Pete Rose, Jr. had two 15-game streaks last season, streaks that were only separated by a hitless August 23rd contest.
About That Big Name:
Is it still happening? Yes.
Is it happening when it was expected to? No.
Will it be as ridiculous as when Juan Gonzalez was rumored to be coming to the league for three months before it actually happened and had about eight different estimated dates of arrival? Let’s hope not.
Currently, after initially expecting to have something to announce today, the team which is bringing in the aforementioned player expects him to arrive in approximately a week.
Robinson Cancel, left fielder
Taking The Atlantic League Angle: I am sitting in the second row of the Trenton Thunder press box. Below me, two scouts are talking about how awful a certain player looks in the outfield. It’s none other than former Atlantic Leaguer Robinson Cancel, making his sixth career appearance in the outfield in 989 career games.
Robby is one of the best catchers the Atlantic League has ever seen, but the outfield simply isn’t for him.
Binghamton is carrying three catchers right now, and of course I show up when super-prospect Fernando Martinez is out of the lineup…so yes, it’s Robby Cancel in the outfield. Awesome.
I briefly caught up with Cancel before the game, and then had a stray warmup throw whizz past my head and deflect into the stands, nailing a woman in the chest. I can see we’re in for a great evening.
Just to confuse the hell out of people, the B-Mets have a catcher named Jose Reyes. And what number does he wear? Seven.
UPDATE: It is 7:30 PM. Caleb Stewart was up for Binghamton. I was busy getting a salad when I hear “heads up.” I turn around to see glass flying everywhere, as the ball has shattered a 16 x 20 picture frame behind me. The ball missed my unattended laptop by about the length of my arm. There is glass in the food.
6:45 PM – “I can see we’re in for a great evening.”
That worked out well…
In Case You Missed It: Tom King’s story on the Pride team doctor has caught the attention of a lot of people around the Atlantic League. Check out yesterday’s news, or read the article for yourself.