July 2, 2008 July 2, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Swindle Going To The Show: Former Newark Bears pitcher R.J. Swindle was called up to the Major Leagues by the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
Swindle pitched in nine games for the Newark Bears at the start of the 2007 season, allowing just two earned runs in nine and a third innings. The lefty struck out nine batters and was quickly signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on May 26, 2007.
It took Swindle just over a year to reach the majors from within the Phillies’ system. He started his climb with the single-A Lakewood Blueclaws, where he posted a miniscule 0.93 earned run average in 29 innings pitched. He was then promoted to the advanced-A affiliate Clearwater where he finished the season with the Threshers of the Florida State League.
After an impressive spring training, Swindle started the 2008 season at double-A Reading, where he continued to dominate. In 16 and two-thirds innings, Swindle allowed just one run and continued his ascent towards the majors with a promotion to triple-A Lehigh Valley.
With the Iron Pigs, Swindle continued to baffle the competition with a 1.93 earned run average in 23 and a third innings, striking out 32 batters in the process. The success of Swindle at all levels of competition for the Phillies earned him the callup to Philadelphia.
“This is an extremely proud day for R.J., the Newark Bears organization, and the Atlantic League,” Newark Bears Assistant General Manager of Baseball Operations Jim Cerny said. “R.J. is extremely well-deserving of this opportunity and we are very happy to play a small part in helping him achieve his goal of reaching the major leagues.”
Swindle is the ninth player from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball to reach the major leagues without any prior major league experience, and the second in Newark Bears history. The other player is current Bear Bobby Hill, who played in Newark in 2000 before playing in the majors from 2002 to 2005.
Castillo To Camden: The Sharks have signed former big-league catcher Alberto Castillo. He’s played in the big leagues with the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s and Baltimore Orioles.
The 37-year-old will likely split time with Randy McGarvey.
Cabrera Loses Sanity, Barnstormers Win Game: Jason Guarente is reporting that Lancaster P Jose Cabrera is likely to be suspended after throwing behind Somerset’s Elliott Ayala during last night’s game, causing a benches emptying incident.
This was after both benches were warned following Vito Chiaravalloti getting hit by a pitch in an at-bat following his home run, and Josh Brey throwing behind Lloyd Turner.
Ayala, who apparently kept his bat in his hand for a little while during his trip to the mound — do they never learn — and Cabrera were both restrained. However, according to Guarente, Cabrera picked up the loose baseball and threw it at some Patriots players who had come out onto the field.
Instead, he hit D.J. Mattox, his teammate.
Von Hayes had some very, very interesting quotes after the game…say what you want about Von, but the guy generally tends to tell you what’s on his mind. Check out Jason’s blog for all the latest.
Hillenbrand Back With New Attitude: Jeff Johnson had a lengthy chat with the newest member of the York Revolution, Shea Hillenbrand.
Hillenbrand, who has had many clubhouse/personality related issues in the past, talks quite a bit about his new attitude, and also how he ended up signing with York. – MA
Nettles Makes All-Star Team: Former Somerset Patriots star Jeff Nettles has been named to the Eastern League All-Star team. Nettles is hitting .271 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI for the Bowie Baysox. – Scott Stanchak
Poll Results: Who will win the first half in the Liberty Division?
Bridgeport – 5 (7%)
Camden – 58 (82%)
Long Island – 2 (2%)
Southern Maryland – 5 (7%)
Votes so far: 70