May 7, 2008 May 7, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Patriots Sign Smith: The Somerset Patriots have signed OF Sean Smith. Smith is a career .254 minor league hitter who was last in Double-A with the White Sox organization.
Ryan Dunleavy and I spoke to Smith, and it looks like my feature for the paper this week will be on him, but here’s a little bit of what he had to say…
“I knew that this team had won a couple of championships and that the Long Island team was their big rival,” Smith said.
“I have a buddy that I used to play with, a couple of them acually, Jon Searles and Ray Navarrete. They’re pretty good players. Navarrete filled me in on the league and said this was a great league to be in.”
Also, I spoke to Michael Ryan and Jeff Duncan briefly during BP — during which both of them were in street clothes in the dugout — and both seemed to be all right. Duncan said his head was fine, and Ryan was already making jokes about the incident.
Patriots To Audition Pitchers: I spoke to Patriots pitching coach and director player procurement Brett Jodie this afternoon, and he told me the team would be bringing several pitchers to throw for the team before making a decision on who they’ll ultimately sign at some point this weekend.
“There’s a lot of potential players, so I’m having a few guys come in,” Jodie said.
“I’m having a guy come in tomorrow, then the day after that, and then I think Saturday too. So I’m going to look at a few of those guys, look at some numbers on some other guys. I’m trying to be selective with that spot, since there’s only one spot right now.”
One player has Major League experience, while another has pitched professionally for another local independent league team.
Shackleford Signs With Southern Maryland: Former MLB P Brian Shackelford has apparently signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Shackleford is, unfortunately, probably best known for this incident. He has a 2-0 record in 63 games over two seasons for the Reds.
Stormers Sign Two: Jason Guarente is reporting, as Jason Guarente tends to do…that Lancaster has acquired two pitchers.
P Jeff Muessig was acquired from the Joliet Jackhammers in exchange for
absolutely nothing future considerations. Also, the team has agreed to terms with Cuban defector Yamel Guevara. – Mike Ashmore
Be sure to check out yesterday’s news for updates on Somerset Patriots outfielders Michael Ryan and Jeff Duncan.
Davis Promoted: The Baltimore Orioles promoted former Camden Riversharks catcher Ben Davis to Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday. In 24 games with Double-A Bowie, the former big leaguer was hitting just .227 with two home runs and 13 RBI. In his debut last night, he went 0-for-2. – Scott Stanchak