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May 12, 2008 – Michael Woods Talks May 12, 2008

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Michael Woods Talks: Don’t fault Michael Woods for the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-11 record, worst in the Atlantic League. After all, the outfielder is third in the league in batting (.367) and first in stolen bases (9) — strong qualities for a leadoff man.

“I don’t feel a lot of pressure as far as I have to be the one to get this hit here or I have to hit a bomb because we have guys more than capable of doing those things,” Woods said. “My main focus is just getting on, whatever it takes to get on base, whether it be working the count or putting the bat on the ball.”

“He’s done a terrific job so far,” Barnstormer manager Von Hayes said. “He’s relishing in the leadoff spot.”

Woods, a former second-round pick of the Detroit Tigers, is in his second season with Lancaster. Last year, he hit .294 with 71 runs scored, 41 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 100 games. It was a good enough showing for Hayes, the team’s new skipper, to offer the 27-year-old a contract to return.

“I enjoyed my time here last year. This is a fun league to play in and gives me a great shot at getting back,” Woods said.

For five seasons, Woods split time between the Tigers’ Single-A and Double-A clubs. After a release at the end of Spring Training 2006, Woods took the year off.

“I wanted to start playing again so my cousin made a few calls for me,” Woods said, referring to former Newark Bear Maleke Fowler. “He talked to some people, the Barnstormers brought me in and didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been good.”

Hayes considers Woods one of, if not the, fastest guy in the league. Woods smiles when asked about it, but modestly rattles off several other players who he considers speedier.

“Von’s a great guy,” Woods said. “He’s not too demanding, but on the other hand, you know what’s expected of you and you go out and do it.”

So far this season, Woods has been doing it well.

“He hasn’t missed too many (fastballs) when he’s looked for them,” Hayes said. “When he’s looked for it and gotten it, he’s hit it well.”

Not a bad combination when you’re locked in in the batter’s box and on the base paths.

Parker Signed: Barnstormers pitcher Zach Parker, one of the top arms in the league this season, signed with the Texas Rangers Monday. He’s now headed to Double-A Fresco. Check back tomorrow for a full feature on Parker, written before he signed with the Rangers.

Jason Guarente says the team traded for the rights to pitcher Nick Renault, who was playing for the Frontier League’s Joliet Jackhammers and has no affiliated ball experience. – Scott Stanchak

Graves One Step Closer: Former Long Island Ducks P Danny Graves was promoted to Triple-A Rochester by the Minnesota Twins today.

Graves had been in Double-A New Britain, where I recently got to speak to him and see him pitch. The 34-year-old Major League All-Star was 2-0 with a 3.60 in seven relief appearances in the Eastern League.

Photo Gallery: A few shots from the debacle that was the Revolution @ Patriots doubleheader…and that’s after I came back from the Mets game earlier that day.

Proof that the Atlantic League follows me wherever I go, The Smithereens were on the field before the Mets game doing a few songs. What relevance does this have to the AL, you ask…well, you may recall that lead singer Pat DiNizio tried out for the Somerset Patriots several years ago. May we never speak of it again.

York game 1 starter Wayne Franklin

Former Reds infielder Brandon Larson

The newest Patriot, Sean Smith

Revs closer Dave Veres

– Mike Ashmore



1. Anonymous - May 12, 2008

To clarify Pat DiNizio’s tryout for the Somerset Patriots, it was for a special on ESPN called “7th Inning Stretch”. I did not see it though.

Just thought I would mention it.


2. barnstormer1 - May 12, 2008

Lancaster’s Zack Parker signs with the Texas Rangers and is going to AA FResno.

3. rod serling - May 12, 2008

Submitted for your approval, The Smithereens were also part of the pre-game entertainment for the Blue Crabs opener. Coincidence or conspiracy? You decide!

4. Roadwarriorfan - May 13, 2008

I saw Bobby Brownlie pitch 5 2/3 shutout ball tonight, getting the win against Lehigh Valley. He looked great getting striking out 7. Almost more impressive was his work at the plate, going 2 for 2 with 2 doubles off the wall in left field, one was an RBI double, and he also had a sac bunt.

5. Anonymous - May 13, 2008

Nick Renault played in the Northern League(Joliet) last year, not the Frontier League.

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