July 25, 2008 July 25, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Former Patriots pitcher Brandon Knight in spring training (Photo: Ashmore)
Knight To Start For Mets Saturday: Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Somerset Patriots P Brandon Knight will get the start for the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on Saturday.
Knight, recently named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week, was 5-1 with a 1.60 ERA at Triple-A New Orleans. He’d be taking the place of Pedro Martinez, who will be missing his scheduled start following the death of his father.
It’s been quite a year for the former Yankee. He started the season with Somerset and made six starts there before being signed by the Mets following a 14-strikeout performance against Lancaster on May 22nd.
Now, he’s going to the big leagues from the Atlantic League in the same season, and may still play in the Olympics for Team USA depending on the Mets plans for him.
Wouldn’t it be something if his battery-mate was Robinson Cancel?
Cabrera’s Legacy: Remember when Lancaster P Jose Cabrera tried to fire a ball at the Patriots dugout, but instead hit his own teammate?
There was some debate about how serious of an offense that was on here. But it took this incident for me to realize how serious it really was. Sportscenter’s been showing the “highlights” of this, and it would be hard to imagine the PR hit that the league would have taken if something like that happened in Lancaster.
“Michael Marlins”: Anyone covering this league loves this stuff, certainly. But it was hard not to think of Jeff Johnson, who recently pointed out the fun of the AL transactions page, when someone gave me a heads up about this listing on there today…
Somerset Patriots: OF Michael Marlins contract purchased Triple AAA
Of course, this is referring to Michael Ryan signing with the Marlins and his assignment to their Triple-A affiliate.
Ducks Add Weatherby: I guess Lancaster has so much pitching that there just wasn’t room for P Charlie Weatherby to go back there. Instead, the Ducks wisely picked him up. Weatherby was one of the better relievers in Barnstormers history, and was signed by the Phillies as a result.
Say what you want about the Ducks, but you can never say they don’t care about winning.
Bears Take Another Quantum Leap: See, because his name kinda looks like Scott Bakula.
But the Bears have once again added P Shaun Babula. Babula has past experience with the Bears, and has also played for the Riversharks in the AL as well.
Dittfurth Added By Camden: (PR) The Camden Riversharks announced the signing of right handed pitcher Ryan Dittfurth Thursday.
Dittfurth, 28, has nine seasons of professional experience after being drafted in the fifth round of the 1998 draft by the Texas Rangers. He spent six seasons with the Rangersreaching Double-A twice.
He spent 2005 and 2007 in the independent Frontier and Can-Am leagues. He started 20 games for the Sussex Skyhawks last season, going 9-5 with a 3.73 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 140 innings. He was teammates with Camden infielder Bobby Gandolfo.
Injuries kept Dittfurth out of baseball in 2003 and 2006, but he is cleared to play with the Riversharks with no foreseen risk.
Dittfurth is 43-44 with a 4.21ERA in his minor league career.