June 13, 2008 – Ryan Drese Talks June 13, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Soler Signs: The Long Island Ducks have added former New York Mets P Alay Soler. Soler entered 2007 as a top 10 prospect for the Mets according to Baseball America, and made six appearances for the Metropolitans in 2006, going 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA.
Soler had been on the Atlantic League radar since last season, and was rumored to possibly be heading to another team several days ago.
Anyone wondering whether the Ducks are trying to make a run for the first half crown need to wonder no more. Clearly, they’re starting to bring in the big guns.
Bonvechio Picked Up, Harris Too: Camden INF Brent Bonvechio and Long Island OF Estee Harris have both been signed by the Chicago White Sox.
Bonvechio was hitting .227 with 7 home runs and 39 RBI.
Harris was hitting .328 with 6 home runs and 30 RBI, and had really seemed to show improvement and better plate discipline than he had last season.
Blosser Signs With Lancaster: Former Boston Red Sox and Somerset Patriots INF Greg Blosser has signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers, who have also added P Sean Yeomen.
Blosser was in spring training with Southern Maryland this year after not having played since 2003, and Butch Hobson indicated he might like to bring him back later this season.
UPDATE: Jason Guarente reports that the club has actually signed P Shane Youman, and not the non-existent Sean Yeomen. Gotta love the Atlantic League transactions page.
Youman has spent parts of the last two seasons in the big leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
All-Star Skippers: It was announced today that Sparky Lyle and Dave LaPoint will be managing the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Drese Talks Atlantic League: I recently caught up with Camden Riversharks P Ryan Drese, and was able to ask him about his experience in the Atlantic League so far…
AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com: You’ve got some pretty extensive big league time. Are you a little surprised that you ended up here this season?
Ryan Drese: “I was surprised, definitely. But it’s a chance to pitch, and I haven’t had a chance to pitch since I had Tommy John surgery. This is an opportunity to get my arm strength built back up. I went to camp with the Braves, but I never really got to get extended work. I’m just here to get ready to hopefully get back to the big leagues soon.”
ALB.com: When did you have the TJ surgery?
Drese: “August 1st of ’06, I had Tommy John.”
ALB.com: I know you came back for a handful of games last season, but how would you say your arm feels right now?
Drese: “I feel great right now. After my last three starts, I finally feel like I’m where I need to be. My first three, I was kind of feeling my way through the game and working on mechanics and that sort of thing. My last three, I finally feel like I’m where I need to be.”
ALB.com: So tell me about being in the Atlantic League. What kind of expectations did you have of the league when you first came here, and how has what’s unfolded matched up with that?
Drese: “I didn’t know what to expect, honestly. I had no clue as to what to expect coming here. I’d heard of it, but I never knew anybody that played here and I’d never talked to anybody that had played here. So far, it’s pretty laid back. The competition’s been a little better than I thought it would be. The good thing here is that you’re playing to win the game. In a lot of minor league systems, you’re playing to develop guys and pitch counts matter more than the outcome of the game. Or certain guys have to get at-bats whether they’re doing well or not, here you’re just trying to win the game.”
ALB.com: Have you been getting any bites from affiliated clubs yet?
Drese: “I let my agent handle that. He’s talked to some teams, I know. But I told him that until you have an actual contract, don’t even tell me about it. Basically, I’m doing the same thing here that I’d be doing in Triple-A, getting innings and getting built up. I’m not disappointed with that at all. I’m actually happy with where I’m at right now.”
ALB.com: I’m sure you’ve seen that guys are starting to get picked up this season. Do you feel as though there’s a timetable as far as when that’s going to happen for you?
Drese: “I just know that if I keep throwing the way I have in the last few games, it’ll probably be sooner rather than later. That’s all I can keep doing. Show them I’m healthy and I can take the ball every fifth day.”
Umpires Gone Wild: Jim Seip writes about Atlantic League umpire Edwin Ortiz on his blog, calling for a suspension after numerous questionable actions.
This comes several days after an umpire allegedly grabbed his crotch (that’s gotta be the first time I’ve ever used that word on this site, and hopefully the last as well) and used profanity with fans during a Patriots-Blue Crabs game.
Yesterday, that same umpire — Bryan Childe — ejected Lancaster’s Ivanon Coffee during an exchange where Coffee only allegedly asked him the previous pitch was a strike. Apparently, the kids attending the early game were treated to a lovely array of language from the umpire
I said it then, and I’ll say it now…if this league wants to maintain its credibility as a professional organization, everyone has to be professional. I’ve seen umpiring that has flat-out sucked in my six years of covering this league, and I’ve seen some guys who weren’t too bad.
But good or bad, everyone needs to be held to a certain code of conduct.
Revolution Moves: Seip and Jeff Johnson also write about the York Revolution acquiring P Frank Castillo and losing P Wayne Franklin to Mexico.
“I’m not disappointed,” Adam Gladstone told Seip about Franklin leaving.
“He’s going to go down there … and get a lot more money than we could offer him.”
Which probably opens up the debate of whether or not the phantom $3,000 maximum salary should be raised in the league or if players who leave for foriegn countries should be allowed to return.
As for Castillo, he became available after some sort of wacky loophole in the expansion draft rules was uncovered. You may recall that the Blue Crabs drafted him…but it’s the Revolution that end up getting him.
Guys showing up and coming back when they please, expansion draft loopholes, players from previous seasons returning in mid-year when teams need guys, shady umpires…is that sucking the fun out of it for anyone else, or is it just me?
Bad Job By Bridgeport: You may recall that P Tim Drew was injured about two weeks ago when he was sent in to pinch run because there were apparently no healthy position players.
You would think that would teach them some sort of lesson…like, maybe we shouldn’t put our pitchers in that position again.
So imagine my surprise when I was looking at last night’s box score and I saw P Matt Pike listed as a pinch-runner in the game.
I don’t know if it’s an issue with Tommy John, or it’s an issue where the front office doesn’t want to pay another guy…but if it’s the latter, they pretty much need to go out and get an extra guy so they aren’t putting guys at risk unnecessarily.
Frankly, it’s amazing that Bridgeport’s over .500 with as bad as their pitching has been. – Mike Ashmore