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March 7, 2008 – Casey Cahill Talks March 7, 2008

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Cahill Could Start In ’08: Casey Cahill wasn’t as bad as you thought he was last year.

Believe it or not, Cahill was actually pretty good.

One of the more maligned relievers in Somerset’s bullpen last year, Cahill had an up and down season, even getting shipped out to the Road Warriors for a six week stay midway through the year.

But Cahill was a different pitcher when he returned, allowing fewer earned runs (6) in the 20 appearances he made after he came back than the 10 he did in the 11 games he pitched in before he left.

As a result, the New Brunswick, NJ native, who turns 26 next Saturday, attracted some interest from affiliated teams this off-season, but couldn’t find a situation that suited him.

Instead, he’ll be re-united with fellow former Orioles farmhand Vito Chiaravalloti and ex-Jack Cust DiamondJacks teammate David Housel on this year’s Somerset Patriots team.

“It’s always nice to have some familiar faces in the clubhouse,” Cahill said.

“Vito and I played briefly together with the Orioles, and David and I go way back.”

I’ve always thought that Cahill would be a great fit in the #4 or #5 starter role, and it appears he may get that opportunity at some point this season. Cahill said he’ll be taking on the setup role this season, pitching in the 7th and/or 8th innings, but that there was a possibility of him starting as well.

It would be an opportunity he would relish.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’d love it,” Cahill said.

“I haven’t started a game in pro ball, but I’ve always been told that it was a possibility with the repertoire I have.”

Accordingly, Cahill told me he’s been working on improving his leg strength in case the opportunity does arise, and also said he’s spent the off-season trying to fine tune his changeup.

Patriots Catching Tandem Returns: (PR) The Three-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced the re-signings of catchers Travis Anderson and Jason Belcher.

Anderson hit .295 with 74 hits, 15 doubles, ten home runs, and 45 RBI in 87 games with Somerset last season.

Anderson played in 108 games for the Somerset Patriots during the 2006 season and finished with a .248 batting average, 84 hits, 18 doubles, and 34 RBI.

Before joining the Somerset Patriots, Anderson spent three seasons with the Camden Riversharks where he had a .309 batting average with 159 hits, 33 doubles, and 65 RBI in 173 games during his Camden career.

Anderson had a .331 batting average with 54 hits, 12 doubles, six home runs, and 24 RBI in 54 games for the Riversharks in 2005.

He has two years of experience in the Braves organization and is a career .281 hitter with 381 hits, 81 doubles, and 173 RBI in 445 minor league games.

Anderson is a Flemington resident, who spends the off-season teaching baseball instruction at the Jack Cust Baseball Academy.

Belcher hit .243 with 33 hits, four doubles, and 12 RBI in 36 games for Somerset last season.

Belcher spent the 2006 season with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League where he had a .286 batting average with four home runs, and 31 RBI.

Belcher has two seasons of Double-A experience with the Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos, and Washington Nationals. Belcher has a minor league career .284 batting average with 257 runs, 552 hits, 120 doubles, five triples, 33 home runs, and 268 RBI in 555 games played. – Mike Ashmore

Espy Hanging It Up: Jim Seip is reporting that one of the York Revolutions top players from last year, Nate Espy, is not returning to the club, instead choosing to retire. Read the full posting here.

Ask And Ye Shall Receive: I left new York Revolution pitcher Dave Veres a voicemail a few minutes ago. Veres was the winner in this week’s poll of who the fans wanted to see an interview with the most. Hopefully I’ll have something for you shortly.

Poll Results: Who would you most like to see an interview with?

Ramon Castro (Newark) – 27 (31%)
Ben Grezlovski (Long Island) – 15 (17%)
Dave Veres (York) – 32 (37%)
Scott Wiggins (Somerset) – 12 (13%)
Total Votes: 86 – Scott Stanchak



1. Dave - March 7, 2008

I turned on the Mets game today just in time to see Robinson Cancel hit one out against the Indians!

2. Anonymous - March 8, 2008

How about an interview with Zack Parker of the Barnstormers? Hopefully, Parker will sign again soon for this year. Not having him signed yet is driving the Barnstormers fans crazy!

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