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Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Bobby Brownlie pitching in Somerset in June (Ashmore)

Brownlie An Indian: The Newark Bears today sold the contract of RHP Bobby Brownlie to the Cleveland Indians. The Indians are one team with a constant scout in the stands throughout the season and liked what they saw.

The former Rutgers product went 8-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 14 starts this season. He also struck out 79 batters and walked just 24. The 79 K’s are good for first in the league and his ERA is the A.L.’s third best. – Scott Stanchak

NOTE: Word out of Trenton is that Brownlie has been assigned to Double-A Akron. I hope to contact Brownlie shortly… – MA

Hessletine To Camden: The league website lists Charlie Hessletine as having been assigned to Camden. Under the assumption that this is true, which isn’t a safe one to make apparently, the Road Warriors have lost five players in the last two weeks.

Manny Ulloa went to York, Sandy Aracena went to Bridgeport and Trevor Marcotte and Nick Valdez were supposedly sent to Lancaster, although Marcotte apparently pitched for the Road Warriors last night.

NOTE: Any mention of Marcotte and Valdez has been removed (I think) from the league site. I’m sure there’s some sort of explanation for posting transactions that didn’t actually happen, but I honestly don’t care enough to get one.

Atlantic League Perspective On Coolbaugh Tragedy: Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News wrote an article about the tragic death of Mike Coolbaugh, in which he got the thoughts of Patriots manager Sparky Lyle, third base coach Kevin Dattola, and ex-Coolbaugh teammates Brett Jodie, Brandon Knight and the Ducks Ed Yarnall.

Coolbaugh and Somerset’s Alan Zinter had a very similar career path, playing in a seemingly endless string of minor league games before finally getting that elusive call-up. In a USA Today article published before the start of the season, Coolbaugh and Zinter were included in a list with several other players for their long minor league careers.

Clearing The Fleming Out: The Camden Riversharks have assigned C Fleming Baez to the Road Warriors. There was some speculation that it would be C Josh Noviskey instead, but the decision was made and Baez was sent to the road.

Baez and Noviskey posted similar numbers since joining the club, with Baez hitting .286 with no home runs and an RBI in six games for Camden, and Noviskey batting .250 with no home runs and two RBI in five contests.

Noviskey’s versatility likely kept him in Camden, as he’s played a little outfield as well since joining the team.

Baez will share catching duties on the Road Warriors with Manny Mejia, who will likely see the majority of the time after Bridgeport claimed Sandy Aracena.

No word on if Trevor Marcotte and/or Nick Valdez have actually joined Lancaster from the Road Warriors, as it says they have on the league website. – Mike Ashmore



1. Roadwarriorfan - July 24, 2007

Marcotte pitched, again, last night for the Warriors.

2. PlayerPCCollector - July 24, 2007

Apparently, Bobby Brownlie was sold to the Indians today. That’s gotta hurt for the Bears.

3. www.BrickCityBruins.com - July 24, 2007

Oh yeah, it’ll hurt! Good luck to Bobby. But it’s bad luck for us.

4. Z - July 24, 2007

good fro Brownlie…..He’s pitched good…Now Gary Knotts needs to have someone sign him…

5. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 24, 2007

Yes, then perhaps the Bears will call me to fill one of what seems like about 18 open slots in their rotation…

They need to get a lot of these guys back to be competitive in the playoffs.

6. Z - July 24, 2007

It’s a shame the Bears have lost these pitchers……but based on the last few years this staff has been pretty good and you have to be happy for the guys that have moved on….Not good for us Bears fans but good for those guys individually..As I stated before, I think Gary Knotts deserves another chance in affiliated ball..That would devastate the pitching staff but thats how things go…

7. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 24, 2007

Knotts has already turned down an opportunity from an American League team, so it’s not like he isn’t attracting interest…

8. mnlem - July 24, 2007

Great news for Brownlie. This is part of what the AL is all about, the ability for players given up on or ignored to get another shot.

Patriots vs. Ducks tonight. Marsonek better have his A game.

9. Voltaire - July 24, 2007

Wow! As a huge Indians fan, I never thought the Indians would sign anyone out of the independent leagues, not even the AL, not even Brownlie! I’ve never known them to sign a player out of the indy leagues. I’m physced. I hope I get to see Brownlie in Cleveland soon.

10. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 24, 2007

According to the Patriots media guide, which I inexplicably have a copy of while in Trenton, Cleveland has signed the following guys out of the AL…

Aberdeen – Yuri Sanchez, 2000
Atlantic City – Curt Lyons, 2000
Bridgeport – Alex Cole, 1999
Camden – Kane Davis, 2004
Camden – Evan Thomas, 2004
Newark – Hiram Ramirez, 1998
Somerset – Jared Sandberg, 2006

11. Voltaire - July 25, 2007

Thank you very much for that list of Indians players! I can’t imagine how I missed a 2006 signing…very informative, and I stand happily corrected. I guess they’re not asleep at the wheel when it comes to scouting indy guys.

12. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 25, 2007

The Indians have a scout that frequently attends Atlantic League games, so I’m actually a little surprised you don’t see more players picked up by the Indians.

I know that the scout had come specifically to see Brownlie on at least one occasion, but you see that a lot, and often times, nothing will ever become of it.

13. www.BrickCityBruins.com - July 25, 2007

You’re right. That scout has been at The Den a lot this season. Regularly, as a matter of fact. Nice send-off piece for Bobby on News12 today. Once Gary Knotts goes, we’re toast. It’s ony a matter of time. Brace yourselves, Bears fans.

14. LIpaperlantern - July 25, 2007

The Road Warriors had a K. Eichas pitch for them on 7/23 and a D. Sotelo on 7/20. I guess these are some of the players that have replaced all the ones they lost. Anyone have info?
This is according to howesportsdata.com by the way…

15. Roadwarriorfan - July 25, 2007

Maybe I ask for too much, but it would be nice for the Atlantic League to actually update the “updated” Road Warriors roster. The new version, has tomorrows date (Jul 25) on it, although it still has Charlie Hesseltine active, Trevor Marcotte on the DL, and Nick Valez no where to be found. It does have Fleming Baez on it now I guess they deserve credit there.

16. Roadwarriorfan - July 25, 2007

Nick Valdez**

17. Roadwarriorfan - July 25, 2007

K. Eichas and D. Sotelo are actually Chris Eickhorst and Darwin Soto, respectively. I don’t know how but at least 10 times this season, databases have been misidentifying players on the Road Warriors. They (howesports.com and atlanticleague.com) still owe Manuel Mejia an eventual game winning home run he hit vs. Somerset on July 16th. Earlier in the year Vito Chiaravalloti was put into the statistics as Guiseppe Chiaramonte, an old prospect for the SF Giants. This mistake was fixed a few days later.

18. LIpaperlantern - July 25, 2007

wow that is quite scary. Thanks for the info RWfan!

19. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 25, 2007

The misidentification of players happens a lot, and I don’t know what the problem stems from.

Recently, Brandon Larson’s stats were credited to Adam Larson, who was a pitcher for Somerset a year or so ago.

20. Roadwarriorfan - July 25, 2007

Yeah, happens way too often. Keith Eichas or Guiseppe Chiaramonte were never even in the AL where they? There is no excuse however for not recognizing Manny Mejia’s HR.

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