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Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

It’s Your Boy, Matt LeCroy: The Lancaster Barnstormers have made one of the biggest signings of the Atlantic League off-season, signing former MLB C/1B/DH Matt LeCroy to a contract.

LeCroy, who has extensive experience mainly with the Minnesota Twins, but also the Washington Nationals, is a .260 career MLB hitter with 60 HR and 218 RBI. Sounds like he’s going to play first…which I don’t know how I feel about. I think he’d have more value to affiliated teams behind the plate, personally.

We also share a birthday, so you know…he can’t be a bad guy. He was on the now infamously loathed list of players I came up with about two weeks ago suggesting recently released guys who would be good fits in the AL.

Friend, colleague and NBA2K8 dunker-extraordinaire Ryan Dunleavy weighs in with his thoughts here as well.

Jason Guarente, who breaks the move down nicely, is also reporting that SS Danny Gonzalez is leaving the team (again) to play in Mexico (again).

Ducks Sign Three: INF Brent Abernathy, LHP Ryan Knippschild and LHP Scott Rice. More in a bit…

Abernathy is a 30-year-old infielder with Major League experience. He has 232 MLB games under his belt with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. He has a career minor league OPS of .765, which isn’t too bad. Not great, but not bad.

Average to slightly above average speed, occasional pop in his bat. He becomes the fourth member of the 2000 gold medal winning US Olympic team to come to the Atlantic League (Krivda, Heams, Kinkade).

Knippschild is a 25-year-old who has essentially topped out at A-Ball, save for three games in Double-A. 17-16 career record with a 4.16 ERA.

Rice was an Orioles first round pick in 1999, and has advanced as high as Triple-A. He’s 26 and huge, listed at 6′ 6″, 217. 25-40 with a 3.93 ERA for his career, he only pitched in a handful of games last year. 22 home runs allowed in 558.1 innings.

Walker, Camden Rivershark: The Camden Riversharks have signed P Kevin Walker and OF Nic Jackson.

Walker is a big league guy who was picked up out of Camden by the Rockies midway through last season.

Jackson, 28, was a 3rd round pick of the Cubs, and also has experience with the Mets and Phillies organizations.

Bears Bringing In Three: The Newark Bears have signed OF Cory Aldridge and INF Mike Just.

Aldridge has big league time with the Atlanta Braves, going 0-for-5 with four K’s in eight games in 2001. Oddly, he’s played just 50 games at the Triple-A level.

Just is another local indy ball guy. I believe I’ve written this story about eight times now this year. Born in Englewood, he’s played in the Frontier and Northern Leagues over the past two seasons. He’s a career .329 hitter who can play second base pretty well…143 games in the field with 10 errors.

Also, according to their press release, the team has invited C Gerard Haran to spring training. 22 years old, Haran is a Matawan, NJ native who played in the Cardinals organization last year. He played his college ball at the nearby College of NJ.

Signings Chart: This was updated tonight. Let me know if I missed anything, or if anything is inaccurate. – MA



1. Mikey0360 - April 8, 2008

Is Abernathy any relation to the great submarine pitcher Ted Abernathy of the K.C. Royals?

2. Mike - April 8, 2008

Usually, Retrosheet would list something like that in a player’s profile. They don’t have anything, so right now I’d say no.

Probably about the most definitive thing I could get unless I see something else in a Google search or get to ask him myself.

3. Mikey0360 - April 8, 2008

ThankYou Mike.

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