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Stuart Turner selected in Rule 5 Draft
December 9, 2016

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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.

Three former ACBL pitchers on Arizona Fall League rosters
September 22, 2016
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) will play for the Mesa Solar Sox this Fall
Three left-handed pitchers, Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011), Jeff Singer (Rutgers-Camden, Trenton Generals, 2012-13) and David Speer (Columbia, Southampton Breakers, 2011) are on the Opening Day, October 12, rosters for the Arizona Fall League.

This season Mayza pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays system at Dunedin (High A) and New Hampshire (AA). The 6-3, 220 lb lefty posted a 3-3 record with four saves and 2.25 ERA in 64 innings. He struck out 65 while allowing 30 base on balls. He will play for the Mesa Solar Sox along with Speer.

Speer made stops at Lynchburg (High A), Akron (AA) and Columbus (AAA) in the Cleveland Indians organization. Overall Speer had a 5-1 record with a 2.77 ERA in 68 innings while striking out 67 with 15 walks.

Singer signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies last fall and advanced from short season Williamsport through Lakewood (Low A) to Clearwater (High A). In 40 innings his ERA was 1.79 with a 2-1 record. He held opponents to a .173 average while striking out 46 and walking twelve batters. He will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Patterson and McCarthy called up to Major Leagues
September 7, 2016

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Jordan Patterson Photo Courtesy of MiLB.comKevin McCarthy Photo Courtesy of Jordan Patterson (South Alabama, Westhampton Aviators) and Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor Whalers) were called up on Tuesday to the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals respectively. They will be the 100th and 101st former ACBL players to advance to the Major Leagues.

Patterson played outfield and first base at the Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, where he hit .293 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs.

RHP McCarthy notched five saves for the Omaha Storm Chasers while posting a 2.97 ERA in 33 innings.

Both players are 24 years old and were ACBL All-Stars in 2011. Baseball America listed McCarthy as the number three ACBL prospect and Patterson at number four in 2011. McCarthy was drafted in the 16th round by the Royals in the 2013 MLB draft while Patterson went to the Rockies in the fourth round.

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