May 25, 2008 May 25, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Valen-Signed: The Philadelphia Phillies, who seem to have signed a dozen Atlantic Leaguers over the past two seasons, have added Long Island P Joe Valentine to their sizeable list of AL alums.
Valentine, a former Cincinnati Reds reliever, was 2-1 with six saves and a 1.62 ERA in 14 appearances with the Ducks this season.
New Barnstormers P Josh Hall (Photo: Ashmore — 4/11/08)
The Lackluster Barnstormers: In six years of covering this league, I can’t think of an occasion where roster moves on a professional baseball team look more like what you might do with your fantasy team.
It’s quickly approaching that status in Lancaster.
The incredibly busy Jason Guarente is reporting that the Barnstormers have released P Mark Alexander, and signed P Josh Hall and P Scott Tyler.
They’ve now employed 21 pitchers through 27 games.
Remarkably, Alexander was cut after pitching just one inning. A former top 30 prospect with the Los Angeles Dodgers as recently as 2007, he’s now out of work. I imagine he’d find some rather quickly.
As for Hall, I’ve seen him pitch twice — both times with Double-A Harrisburg and as recently as this April. He actually wasn’t bad when I saw him, and briefly made it to the big leagues in 2003. Apparently, he isn’t so great when I’m not in the building, as he was 1-4 with an 8.40 ERA with the Senators this season overall.
Tyler’s a big dude. No other way of putting it, really. He’s 6’5″, 265 lbs. and is a former second round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins. He was with the Oakland organization this season, and hasn’t advanced past Double-A.
I can’t imagine showing up to the ballpark and wondering if there will be a uniform hanging in your locker when you get there is creating a good environment on that team.
On the plus side, at least for Vasili Spanos, he’s been picked up. He was hitting .250 with three home runs and 10 RBI for Lancaster before the Marlins scooped him up, and — according to Guarente — they’ve sent him to Single-A. – Mike Ashmore