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July 13, 2007 July 13, 2007

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Felix Jose. Yup, He’s Still Playing: The Lancaster Barnstormers have signed OF Felix Jose and P Chris Brock.

Jose, who’s 42 years old, has played for the Athletics, Cardinals, Royals, Yankees and Diamondbacks in the big leagues.

Brock has pitched for the Braves, Giants, Diamondbacks and Orioles.

Lancaster inexplicably sent Vince Blue to Bridgeport and also deactivated Jeremy Deitrick.

Joe Klein Activates Himself? Sadly, No.: But the York Revolution did sign P Victor Kleine, according to Jim Seip. Kleine was selected in the seventh round of the 2000 draft by the Cleveland Indians and has advanced as high as Triple-A with them. He’s 27 years old and is a southpaw that will likely be used out of the bullpen.

The Real Second Half Starts; Patriots Make Move: The second half of the Atlantic League season kicks off today, giving fans who followed teams that sucked in the first half a little hope, if only for a few weeks.

Some teams are expected to make some roster changes, and Ryan Dunleavy from The Courier News writes that the Patriots are one lof them.

According to Dunleavy, Somerset will be bringing in C Jason Belcher. Belcher last played for the Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League, and was hitting .242 with one home run and 12 RBI in 35 games with the club.

Belcher, 25, is a former fifth round draft choice of the Milwaukee Brewers. Picked in 2000, he spent the first five seasons of his career in their organization before being dealt to the Expos. He split that 2004 season between Double-A Huntsville and Double-A Harrisburg, but struggled in a 2005 stint with what was then Washington’s Double-A affiliate and was sent down to A-Ball.

Last season, he hit .286 with four home runs and 31 RBI for the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League. He can also play in the outfield, which is very possible considering he doesn’t exactly appear to have a hose behind the plate.

This season, Belcher threw out just 5 of 32 (15.6%) attempted basestealers, which placed him 12th in the league, just behind Josh Noviskey, who has since been signed by Camden.

Historically, Somerset has carried three catchers in the past, but it remains to be seen if that will be the case here.

Travis Anderson and Manny Santana are the current tandem of backstops in Bridgewater, and while Anderson has put up numbers similar to those of last season, Santana has been disappointing, albeit in limited action.

Splitting time with Lancaster and Somerset, Santana has just 53 at-bats this season, and is hitting just .132 as a result. He’s also allowed all seven baserunners to steal that have attempted to do so. Meanwhile, Anderson’s 6-for-28 (21.4%) mark in that category places him eighth among active catchers in the league.

Belcher will be the 18th catcher to suit up for Somerset since 2003, joining Robinson Cancel, Sandy DeLeon, Mike Figga, Tom McGee, Mitch Meluskey, Chris Eickhorst, Brad King, Santana, Brent Cordell, Ryan Kellner, Fernando Lunar, Anderson, Jeremy Booth, Jim Buckley, Ryan McDermond, Tommy Rojas and Michel Hernandez.

NOTE: Figga never actually caught a game for Somerset, playing three games in the outfield and one at DH. As for McDermond, his illustrious run as a Patriot included two appearances as a defensive replacement behind the plate. – Mike Ashmore



1. Roadwarriorfan - July 13, 2007

Road Warriors activated C Sandy Aracena today and released SP Cody Harkcom.

2. mnlem - July 14, 2007

Really enjoyed the first half of the Patriots season. Meaningful, tense games in July, a lot of fun.

Looking forward to a better second half, hopefully they make a move to fill the vast power shortfall that Radmonovich and now Nettles have left.

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