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Kyle McGowin makes MLB debut
September 6, 2018

RHP Kyle McGowin (Savannah State, Sag Harbor 2011-12) became the sixth former ACBL pitcher to make a MLB debut in 2018 when he allowed one run, a solo home run by Yairo Munez, while pitching the sixth inning for the Washington Nationals against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals lost 7-6 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday evening. McGowin was recalled from Syracuse where he posted a 3-2 record with a 1.20 ERA and 0.66 WHIP in 52.2 innings.

RHP Cody Carroll (Southern Miss, Center Moriches, 2012) made his MLB debut on August 1 after being traded to the Baltimore Orioles from the New York Yankees one week earlier.

Carroll pitched a scoreless inning against the Yankees in his debut and made nine relief appearances for the Orioles. The 6-5 RHP posted a 4-0 record with a 2.72 ERA and nine saves for the Yankees' Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate.

In other news rookie Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) tossed a scoreless inning in the A’s 8-2 win over the Yankees.

Trivino lowered his ERA to 2.12 in 61 appearances. He has a 8-2 record with four saves and twenty holds for the resurgent A’s who have a MLB best 50-21 record since June 16.

Murphy Smith makes MLB debut with Toronto
August 28, 2018

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RHP Murphy Smith (Binghamton, Kutztown Rockies, 2007) had his contract selected by the Toronto Blue Jays and he did not allow a run or hit in 1.1 innings of relief in the Toronto 7-0 loss to the Orioles on Monday evening.

Murphy posted a 3-2 record with a 0.67 ERA in 27 innings for the ACBL champion Kutztown Rockies in 2007. He was a 13th round pick of the Oakland A’s in the 2009 draft and played ten seasons in the minors with Oakland and Toronto. This year he posted a 3.69 ERA in 62.2 innings for Buffalo prior to his promotion.

He joins Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) in the Blue Jays’ bullpen and is the fourth former ACBL pitcher to make a MLB debut this year.

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011), Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County College, Trenton Generals, 2013) and Matt Festa (East Stroudsburg, Staten Island Tide, 2014, 2015) made debuts with Oakland, Kansas City and Seattle respectively in 2018.

Ferrante involved in Little League World Series
August 18, 2018

Anthony Ferrante managed the Staten Island Tide last summer and this summer he is a coach with the Mid-Island Little League team which has advanced to the World Series in Williamsport.

On Sunday Mid-Island plays the Texas team from the Houston area at 11am on ESPN and the winner advances to Wednesday’s winner bracket final.

ACBL Announces Season Awards
August 15, 2018

Shayne Fontana (Lynn, Allentown Railers) was selected for the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award in a poll of the field managers.

Fontana topped the ACBL in runs (31), RBIs (26), and tied for first with five triples and seventeen stolen bases. He was second in hits (42) and tied for third with six home runs and a .632 slugging average. His batting average of .359 was fourth in the league.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown Blazers) and Nick Snyder (West Virginia, Trenton Generals) were co-winners of the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

Kingsbury posted a league leading six wins and a 2.73 ERA which was fifth best in the ACBL. Snyder tossed a seven inning no-hitter against North Jersey and struck out all four batters he faced in the NYCBL-ACBL All-Star game. He topped the ACBL in strikeouts with 47 and posted a 3.18 ERA in 28 innings.

Charles Barebo (DeSales, Allentown Railers) won the Hitting Award with a .391 batting average which included a league leading eleven doubles, four triples and two home runs.

Bret Williams (PSU-Harrisburg, Allentown Railers) was awarded the Slugging Award with a .688 slugging average. Williams tied for the league home run title with seven home runs and added five doubles while hitting .351.

Tyler Guidos (Mansfield, Allentown Railers) earned the Relief Pitcher of the Year Award with six saves. Guidos made 13 appearances with a 2.49 ERA in 21.2 innings. He struck out 34 while walking eight batters.

Fillmyer picks up first Major League win
August 9, 2018

RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County College, Trenton Generals) pitched seven shutout innings against the National League's best offense, the Chicago Cubs, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Cubs on Wednesday night.

Fillmyer, a 5th round pick of the Oakland A's in the 2014 MLB draft, allowed only three hits with two walks and three strikeouts as he lowered his ERA to 3.13.

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