January 25, 2008 January 25, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Breaking: Ryan Minor Leaves Revolution: York Revolution hitting coach Ryan Minor has left the club to accept a position with the Delmarva Shorebirds in the Baltimore Orioles organization. I have an email out to Minor right now. – Scott Stanchak
Big Bridgeport Announcement: I’m hearing that the Bridgeport Bluefish are set to make an announcement regarding their new head of player procurement. Sounds like it’s going to be someone with extensive indy ball experience, so stay tuned for that later today…
6:30 p.m. Update: The Bluefish will name former New Haven County Cutters manager Mike Church the team’s new Manager of Player Procurement. Here are parts of the team release…
Church was the former manager and hitting coach for the New Haven County Cutters where he was responsible for their player scouting and recruiting. He was hired as the Cutters hitting coach in 2004 under manager Jarvis Brown and became the field manager the following season, guiding the Cutters to the postseason in 2005 and 2006.
Church also represented the Can-Am League as manager during the Can-Am/American Association All-Star Game in 2006.
Church has both played and coached throughout the northeast since the early 1990’s. He played collegiate baseball at both Western Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut State University before graduating from Central CT in 1996. He was also an assistant coach for Central CT from 1995-1999. Church played for several playoff teams throughout the Northeast League from 1995-2001. He has two championships to his credit as the starting catcher for both the Adirondack Lumberjacks in 2000 and the New Jersey Jackals in 2001. Church was a Northeast League All-Star in 2001 for his contributions to the championship team.
“We are very excited to have Mike on board with us,” said Todd Marlin, General Manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish. “He’s a hard worker who will certainly contribute to our team and we look forward to having him as part of our organization for the 2008 season and beyond.”
Let The Signings Begin: The York Revolution announced that they’ve re-signed P Wayne Franklin. Franklin, who has extensive Major League experience with five different teams, went 8-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 16 appearances for the Revs last season.
His 50 walks compared to 70 strikeouts were a little alarming last season, but he was still one of the team’s best starters and is a good veteran presence on the team.
UPDATED: Jim Seip is reporting that Franklin will be coming back as the team’s closer this season. I posted something alluding to this point in the comments, but I think it’s more relevant now…what if he leaves again? As Seip wrote, some of the Revs struggles could be traced back to Franklin leaving, but that’s something that could increase greatly now that he appears to be taking on the added responsibility as the team’s stopper.
Also, if you compare his start/relief splits, he appeared to be much better as a starter, but you can more or less throw those numbers out.
His three relief appearances all came between scheduled starts, and were either two or three days after a start. So his 7.71 ERA as a reliever might be a little deceiving.
West Coast Tryout Story: Yeah, this idea pretty much died. I didn’t hear back from a few people I needed to in order to make the story work, which isn’t entirely surprising…but, anyway I did speak to Dave LaPoint about this about a week ago.
He told me the tryout was held at the Royals and Rangers facility in Glendale, Arizona. Not surprisingly for a team like the Ducks, LaPoint said that the team hadn’t really found anyone, and that experience level was mostly collegiate players, with a few with professional experience mixed in.
It’s worth noting that the league will be holding their usual tryout in Florida in early February. – Mike Ashmore