March 1, 2008 March 1, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
The Artist Formerly Known As Prinz: In their first “big” move of the off-season, the Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of former big league P Bret Prinz.
Prinz, a 30-year-old righty, has pitched at the Major League level for the Diamondbacks, Yankees, Angels and White Sox. He was in “the show” as recently as June 12, 2007 with Chicago.
He’d seem to be a prime candidate to be one of the first players Somerset loses. In Triple-A last season, he allowed a grand total of three runs in 29 appearances.
A reliever for the majority of his career, he’s likely to profile as either a setup man or closer in Somerset.
I’m hoping to speak to Prinz at some point this week, and I’ll obviously bring that to you if that happens.
Boom Goes The Dynamite In York: (PR) The York Revolution will bring back right-handed power-hitter Matt Dryer and left-handed slugger Jason Aspito for the 2008 season, it was announced today by Revolution director of baseball operations Adam Gladstone. The signings mark the return of a combined 28 homeruns and 101 RBI from last summer.
Dryer was one of nine players to have spent the entire 2007 season with York. He earned an Atlantic League All-Star berth by finishing second on the team with 17 homers and 69 RBI, while posting a .255 batting average in 89 games. The former University of Miami standout opened last season with a bang, driving in 10 runs in the season’s first three games. He notched the first multi-homerun game in Revolution history, pounding two round-trippers, including a grand slam on May 6 at Bridgeport. The Rochester, NY native split time at third-base, first-base, and as a designated hitter last season.
“We’re looking for Matt to come back, provide some leadership, and show all of the major league organizations that he’s ready for another opportunity,” commented Gladstone. “We expect him to provide a solid bat in the middle of the lineup.”
Aspito provided an immediate spark to the lineup upon his signing on July 3. The Chicago native blasted five homers and knocked in 10 runs in his first week with the team. The spurt included a dramatic three-run shot that provided the winning margin in a 9-8 victory over Bridgeport on July 8, cementing the first sweep and the largest comeback (six runs) in Revolution history. In his 54 games with York, Aspito batted .304 overall with 11 homeruns and 32 RBI. The former White Sox and Angels farmhand saw most of his action in right field, but also saw time in left field, at designated hitter, and at third base.
“Jason came in and provided an immediate shot into the middle of the lineup last season,” stated Gladstone. “We’ll continue to rely on his experience and professionalism, and we look forward to both him and Matt having great seasons for us this year.”
Knotts Pitches Well For Phillies: Former Newark Bears P Gary Knotts pitched two shutout innings for the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game yesterday. In contention for a big league spot, Knotts will likely start the season in Triple-A. – Mike Ashmore
Former A.L. Player or Not?: I don’t know if it’s right to consider Aaron Herr a former Atlantic League player, but he did go to Spring Training with his father (Tom Herr) and the Lancaster Barnstormers. Regardless, the former prospect went 0-for-2 in action against the Detroit Tigers today.
More Big League Camp News: Former Long Island Ducks infielder Edgardo Alfonzo went 1-for-2 with a run scored and 2 RBI in today’s game against the Kansas City Royals. Alfonzo is in camp with the Texas Rangers… The Mets played two catchers I’ve never heard of today, nor any of their two projected big league catchers. Former Patriot and Road Warrior Robinson Cancel didn’t see any action. – Scott Stanchak