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Vogelsong strong in spot start
April 14, 2016

Vogelsong sharp in spot start with Pirates

Photo Courtesy of Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

On Wednesday Ryan Vogelsong (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers) allowed only one run in five innings as he started for the Pittsburgh Pirates in place of injured Francisco Liriano.

This was Vogey's first start in a Pirates uniform since September 29, 2004 and his first start against Detroit since Game 3 of the 2012 World Series. A Pirate bullpen collapse gave the Tigers a 7-4 victory.

Vogelsong is 1-0 with a win in relief for the Pirates on April 8 against the Cincinnati Reds.

On Monday Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead) tossed five shutout innings as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-1.

RHP Phil Klein (Youngstown, Hamptons) has not allowed a run in two relief appearances for the Texas Rangers.

Shortstop Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton Aviators) is hitting .296 for the Arizona Diamondbacks with three home runs.

Mayza and Trivino pitch with MLB clubs
March 29, 2016

Tim Mayza (Left) and Lou Trivino (Right) Pitch for MLB Clubs

Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) and Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) both recently pitched in relief for their Major League teams in spring training.

On Sunday Mayza hurled a scoreless 8th inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4. LHP Mayza allowed one hit, struck out two with no walks and touched 97 MPH with his fastball.

RHP Trivino pitched to one batter in the top of the 8th for the Oakland A's today and the batter popped out on a foul ball to the third baseman as the A's lost to the Cubs 9-5.

Trivino was a 11th round selection of Oakland in the 2013 MLB draft while Mayza went in the 12th round to Toronto.

Former ACBL players report for spring training
February 20, 2016

Spring Training

Two dozen former ACBL players are reporting to Major League spring training sites in preparation for the 2016 season. The following list includes players on the 40 man rosters, non-roster invitees (NRI), managers and coaches.

Angels: #35 Nick Tropeano, RHP; #13 Kyle Kubitza, INF; Kyle McGowin, RHP,NRI; #70 Tom Gregorio, Bullpen Catcher
Blue Jays: #40 Pete Walker, Pitching Coach
Cardinals: #77 Chris Maloney, First Base Coach
Cubs: C.J. Riefenhauser, LHP; #70 Joe Maddon, Manager
Diamondbacks: #13 Nick Ahmed, SS; # 52 Zack Godley, RHP; #47 Garvin Alston, Bullpen Coach
Marlins: #4 Frank Menechino, Assistant Hitting Coach
Phillies: #82 Bob Stumpo, Bullpen Catcher
Pirates: #14 Ryan Vogelsong, RHP
Rangers: #31 Phil Klein, RHP
Rays: #16 Kevin Cash, Manager
Red Sox: #43 Anthony Varvaro, RHP, NRI
Reds: #56 Chris O'Grady, LHP
Rockies: Jordan Patterson, OF, NRI; #22 Walt Weiss, Manager; #21 Eric Young, First Base Coach
Royals: #37 John Lannan, LHP, NRI
Tigers: #14 Mike Aviles, INF
Twins: Stuart Turner, Catcher, NRI

Zach Lutz signs with Miami Marlins
February 6, 2016
 Photo courtesy of MILB
Zach Lutz (Alvernia, Kutztown Rockies) recently signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

Lutz has been assigned to the Marlins AAA affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Lutz played briefly with the New York Mets in 2012-13. This past season he saw action at first and third base for the Mets' AAA affiliate Las Vegas.

RHP Kyle McGowin (Savannah State, Sag Harbor Whalers) was named a non-roster invitee to spring training with the Los Angeles Angels.

McGowin was a fifth round selection of the Angels in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.

Two former ACBL players in the Seattle Mariners system recently completed outstanding seasons in the Australian Baseball League.

First baseman Kyle Petty (California Univ. of Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Catz) won the home run title with 14 and hit .317 with 44 RBIs in 55 games.

RHP Kodi Kerski (Sacred Heart, North Fork Osprey) collected 11 saves, second most in the ABL, with 23 strikeouts and six walks in 25 innings.

DiFazio and Gorski sign free agent contracts with MLB organizations
January 26, 2016

In recent minor league transactions catcher Vinny DiFazio (Univ. of Alabama, Quakertown Blazers) signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers while LHP Darin Gorski (Kutztown Univ., Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown Rockies) signed with the Washington Nationals.

Vinny DiFazioDarin GorskiDiFazio was named Player of the Year in the independent American Association while hitting .361 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. The All-Star catcher led the St. Paul Saints to a 74-26 record and was in the running for the triple crown.

Gorski had a New York Mets organization leading 27 starts for Las Vegas in the AAA Pacific Coast League. He posted a 10-8 record while striking out 108 in 137 innings with a 5.52 ERA.

Veteran LHP John Lannan (Siena, Long Island Collegians) signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals after going 6-10 with 25 starts and 152 innings for the Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.




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