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Swarmer strong in AAA debut for Cubs
August 20, 2017

Matt Swarmer Photo Courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Matt Swarmer makes AAA debut RHP Matt Swarmer (Kutztown, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) was promoted to the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, and tossed seven shutout innings in a 4-0 win over the Nashville Sounds on Saturday.

Swarmer, the top prospect in the ACBL for 2015, allowed only five hits with eight strikeouts and one base on balls.

Swarmer, a 19th round selection in the 2016 draft, has moved up quickly in the Cubs system this season. He posted a 3-0 record with a 1.07 WHIP for Eugene in the short season Northwest League and then moved up to South Bend of the Midwest League prior to the big jump to the AAA Pacific Coast League.

Aaron Slegers to make MLB debut
August 17, 2017

Aaron Slegers Photo Courtesy of Minnesota Twins Organization

Aaron Slegers to make MLB debut
Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead, 2011) will be the seventh former ACBL player to make a MLB debut this season.

Today the Minnesota Twins recalled Slegers from their triple A affiliate Rochester where he posted a 13-4 record in 21 starts. The 6-10 RHP put up a 3.18 ERA in 130 innings with a 1.24 WHIP. He was drafted by the Twins in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in their 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay.

Mayza posted a hold for the Blue Jays on Thursday as he struck out two batters in two-thirds of an inning as Toronto defeated Tampa Bay 5-3.

Mayza promoted to Toronto Blue Jays
August 14, 2017

Tim Mayza Photo Courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays Organization

Tim Mayza Photo Courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays Organization Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) will be the sixth former ACBL player to make a MLB debut this season.

The Toronto Blue Jays purchased his contract from their triple AAA Buffalo Bisons franchise on Monday.

The 6-3, 220 lb. LHP was a 13th round selection of the Blue Jays in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Mayza posted a 0.93 ERA over 11 relief appearances and 19.1 innings at Buffalo.

He started this season with the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats where he posted four saves and three holds in 33 innings.

ACBL announces 2017 season awards
August 12, 2017

ACBL announces 2017 season awards


Dom D'Alessandro (George Washington, South Jersey Giants) was the big award winner as he was selected Most Valuable Player and also won the Slugging Award with a .772 slugging percentage. D'Alessandro topped the ACBL in home runs (15) and RBIs (49) and was second in hitting with a .382 average. He played first base and was a designated hitter with the Giants and will be a rising junior at George Washington after playing this spring at Rowan-Gloucester.

Rhett Jacoby (Moravian, Allentown Railers) won the Most Valuable Pitcher Award. The 6'5" RHP posted a 5-1 record with 52 strikeouts and only two base-on-balls in 42 innings. The rising junior at Moravian also posted a 2.14 ERA.

Jared Melone (West Chester, Allentown Railers) earned the Hitting Award with a .450 batting average. The versatile Melone played first base, third base and in the outfield for the Railers. He topped the ACBL in doubles (14) and had a league second best slugging percentage at .725. Melone will be a junior at West Chester and was instrumental in West Chester winning the D-2 World Series.

Corey Sawyer (Seton Hall, North Jersey Eagles) was named Relief Pitcher of the Year after posting five saves for the Eagles. The rising sophomore LHP at Seton Hall struck out 34 in 26.2 innings while making 12 appearances and posting a 4.06 ERA.

Rhett Jacoby Photo Courtesy of Moravian College
Jared Melone Photo Courtesy of West Chester University (Pa.)

Railers win third title in a row
August 6, 2017

Allentown Railers win 3rd straight championship

The Allentown Railers took both ends of a doubleheader with the Quakertown Blazers on Sunday to claim their third consecutive ACBL championship.

The Railers featured outstanding pitching in both games. In the opener Rhett Jacoby (Moravian) only allowed two runs over nine innings as the Railers won 6-2. Jacoby walked one while striking out nine.

Jared Melone (West Chester), Chris Panzarella (Keystone) and Brady Mengel (Mansfield) each added two hits.

John Yocum (Rider) only allowed one hit, a single by Nate Sides (Alvernia), in the second game while striking out eight with one walk.

Jared Melone posted two RBIs and two hits including a double to lead the Railers' offense as the Railers won the second game 4-0.

The Railers join the Allentown Wings (1978-1980) and the Kutztown Rockies (2006-2008) as the only ACBL teams to win three consecutive championships.




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 WLTPCT
Allentown23900.719
South Jersey251000.714
Quakertown191500.559
North Jersey181710.514
Trenton161900.457
Jersey142200.389
Staten Island132210.375
Ocean102400.294

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