March 27, 2008 – Patrick Stanley/Jeff Nettles Talk March 26, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Nettles Coming Back?: The Kansas City Royals cut former Patriots third baseman Jeff Nettles after a spring in which he hit .375 with five home runs in 24 at-bats. Ryan Dunleavy spoke with Nettles, who says he was surprised by the news.
I also spoke with Nettles this morning, who texted me that his agent is working on some things, but hasn’t spoken with any teams. He also says he’s talking with Somerset about coming back.
I would be stunned if Nettles doesn’t re-sign with the Patriots this season. He works in Flemington for the Cust Baseball Academy and now lives here year round. He’s a great bat and next to Emiliano Escandon, is the face of the franchise. – Scott Stanchak
Ashmore’s Take: This puts the Patriots in somewhat of a rough spot. Again. When they found out Josh Pressley was leaving, they went out and signed Vito Chiaravalloti to replace him. Now Pressley is back.
With Nettles out of the picture, there was some talk that the team would bring back Brandon Larson. Will that still happen? Will Nettles go to Mexico instead of returning to Somerset?
I will say it’s rather ridiculous that this even has to be discussed. If you read Dunleavy’s article, it’s hard to disagree with Nettles when he says you could make a case that it wouldn’t have mattered how he did.
Stanley Fully Recovered After Shoulder Scare: A simple glance at Patrick Stanley’s statistics from last season shows you that something wasn’t right.
After all, a guy who went 8-4 with a 2.72 ERA the previous year has a lot more expected out of him than four rough starts.
“I was hurt coming out of spring training,” said Stanley, one of the newest Bears pitchers.
“I had to see some doctors, and went to see a cardiovascular surgeon. I ended up being diagnosed with Thorasic Outlet Syndrome.”
The space where the veins, nerves and arteries that passed through his shoulder was constricted, and Stanley underwent a July 3rd surgery where he had to have a rib removed in order to improve his circulation.
“The day after the surgery, I started feeling better,” Stanley said.
After two years in the Colorado Rockies system, and two in the Frontier League with Washington, Stanley’s ready for his biggest challenge yet: facing Atlantic League batters.
Any concerns about facing big league guys, Patrick?
“To be honest with you, not at all,” he said.
“Even when I was with the Rockies organization, and facing first round picks or older guys, that stuff never really entered my mind.”
At six feet, seven inches tall, Stanley relies on a good, downward plane for his pitches. He throws a slider, 12-6 curveball, changeup and a fastball that sits at 89-90 mph and can touch 93.
Growing up in nearby Ramsey, New Jersey, Stanley was familiar with the Newark Bears. His father worked at the Verizon building on Broad Street, and Stanley himself had played a few games at the Den as a part of a college tryout.
“Getting the call from Jim Cerny to play in Newark was great,” Stanley said.
“Being 25, I’m not exactly young, but I’m younger, so I think this is my best chance to get back to affiliated ball. I didn’t have the best year last season, but I was kind of at that point where I wanted to get past the Frontier League. And what better challenge is there than facing guys who’ve played in the Major Leagues, or guys with Triple-A or Double-A time. The fact that it’s going to be in New Jersey is an added bonus.”
Barnstormers Ink MLB Vet: Perhaps all the Major Leaguers that the Barnstormers were signing were all stuck on one flight. Maybe they tried to re-enact “Lost” and fall off the face of the Earth.
Either way, big leaguers are finally starting to pop up on Lancaster’s roster. This time, the team has added former Astros, Braves and Brewers reliever Jose Cabrera.
Cabrera, 36, has appeared in 198 MLB games over six seasons. He has postseason experience with the Astros as well, striking out the side in both innings he pitched in against Atlanta.
Cabrera joins Sendy Rleal, who we’re attempting to get you guys for the site, as the only other big leaguer on Lancaster.
Interview Schedule: We’ve got the rest of Newark’s “Jersey Boys” trio for you. I spoke to Scott Knazek today, and he’s on deck. Hoping to have Tim Sweeney for the weekend.
Signings Chart Updated: I’ve updated the signings chart with links to our exclusive interviews with recently signed players. It’ll make it easier to check out an interview with your favorite player whenever you want. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com