June 23, 2008 June 23, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Keeping The Faith: Courier News writer Ryan Dunleavy did this story on how religion plays a role in the Atlantic League. Not a topic you see discussed too often, so it’s certainly worth a read.
Totten Signed By Dodgers: (PR) On Sunday, June 22 the Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Heath Totten from the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
This season for York, Totten appeared in four relief appearances going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA in five games. He was signed by York on Saturday, June 14, 2008, after beginning the season in the Minnesota Twins organization at Triple-A Rochester of the International League. There he was 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 28 innings, over 16 games which included four starts.
In 2007, Totten split time between Triple-A Ottawa of the International League, and Double-A Reading of the Eastern League in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2000 draft, he was with that organization from 2000 through 2006, going as high as Triple-A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. 2008 is Totten’s 10th professional season.
More On The Blue Crabs: Barnstormers beat writer Jason Guarente made the trip to Southern Maryland, and has this report on the attendance struggles the team has been experiencing.
It’s worth noting that Blue Crabs press releases have mysteriously started showing up in my inbox, which is appreciated. I did ask to be put on the list well before the start of the season, but now is certainly better than never.
Castillo Released: Bridgeport shouldn’t have released him, and perhaps the Ducks shouldn’t have either…but P Carlos Castillo is a free agent after being let go by Long Island.
Castillo appeared in three games for Long Island, going 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts.
Maybe he’ll return to the Bluefish, who could certainly use him considering what a disaster their pitching is.
P Jon Searles has been activated to take Castillo’s spot.
More About Umpiring: Check out Jeff Johnson’s piece on Atlantic League umpires. He mentions our poll results, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he agrees with them. – MA
Poll Results: What do you think about AL umpiring?
Excellent – 3 (2%)
Above average – 5 (3%)
Average – 29 (22%)
Below Average – 58 (44%)
Poor – 36 (27%)
Total Votes: 131