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Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins
January 13, 2017

Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins

Photo Courtesy of Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

Ryan Vogelsong (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers) has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins and has been invited to Major League Spring Training.

Vogelsong, 39, has 12 seasons of big league experience with the Giants and Pirates and this will be his first entry in the American League as he contends for a spot in the starting rotation. Vogey was an All-Star in 2011 and won World Series titles with San Francisco in 2012 and 2014.

Former ACBL players Zac Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide) and Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead Tomcats) will join Vogelsong at the Twins Major League Spring Training camp in Fort Myers.

Granite, a speedy centerfielder, was the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year after putting up big numbers at AA Chattanooga which included 55 stolen bases.

Slegers, a 6-10 RHP, went 10-7 at Chattanooga with a 3.41 ERA in 145 innings.

Jersey Pilots Welcome Zachary Dreher as Field Manager
January 4, 2017
Jersey Pilots announce Zac Dreher as 2017 Field Manager
By Mike Kalb | Jersey Pilots General Manager

The Jersey Pilots are pleased to announce that Zachary Dreher will take over as field manager of the team in the 2017 season. Zachary (Zac) is assistant baseball coach at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut since 2015 and coached at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Zac also has experience as a head coach in Naugatuck Post 17 American Legion Baseball. He is a mathematics teacher in Newtown Public Schools in Newtown Connecticut. As a college player he attended Elms College and lettered as a catcher from 2011 to 2014. He was captain of the squad in 2014 and achieved All-Conference status in 2013 to 2014. While at Elms, Zac earned his BA in Secondary Education/Mathematics, with a minor in Coaching in 2014. He is completing his MS in Sports Management, with a Certificate in Athletic Administration, at Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett New Hampshire.

Please join the Pilots in welcoming Zac to the ACBL. He plans to lead the team to a successful season and turn out to be an asset to our league.

Stuart Turner selected in Rule 5 Draft
December 9, 2016

Stuart Turner Photo Courtesy of MiLB.comStuart Turner selected in Rule 5 Draft, Photo Courtesy of MiLB.com

Catcher Stuart Turner (Mississippi, Southampton Breakers) was selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Turner, a third round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2013, posted six home runs and 41 RBIs with a .239 average for the Twins AA affiliate, the Chatanooga Lookouts.

LHP Paul Paez (Rio Honda, Southampton, Breakers) was selected in the Triple A phase of the Rule 5 Draft by the Seattle Mariners. Paez recorded a 4-1 record with three saves in the New York Mets organization with stops at High A St. Lucie and AA Binghamton.

The Oakland Athletics reported that RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County, Trenton Generals) will be a non-roster invitee to spring training. Fillmyer posted a 2-0 record with a 2.34 ERA in eight starts at AA Midland after being promoted from Stockton.

Zach Granite added to Minnesota Twins 40-man roster
November 21, 2016

Zach Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide) was recently added to the Minnesota Twins 40-man roster after an outstanding season at the Twins' AA affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.

The speedy centefielder was named to the Post-Season All-Star team after leading the league in stolen bases (56) and hits (155). He placed second in runs scored (86) and fourth in average at .295.

Granite hit .289 for the Tide in 2011 and stole ten bases in 12 attempts.

He was a 14th round selection of the Twins in the 2013 MLB amateur draft.

ACBL adds two new teams
October 3, 2016

The Scranton RailRiders and Ocean Gulls have joined the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League for the 2017 season.

Scranton has a long history of having franchises in the ACBL. Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs, played for Scranton in the 1970s. Big league players such as Rick Lancelotti, Nate Bump, Scott Arnold and Kevin Gryboski played for Scranton teams in the ACBL.

Rob Judge will be the General Manager of the RailRiders while Chris Pensak will be the Field Manager.

Angelo Fiore will be the General Manager and Field Manager of the Gulls.

The Lehigh Valley Catz will not be fielding a team for the 2017 season.




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