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ACBL and NYCBL Partnering for All-Star Showcase
October 6, 2017
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Cortland, NY – The New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) and Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) have partnered to create an All-Star Showcase between the two leagues. This newly formed summer classic will showcase All-Stars from both leagues beginning with the summer of 2018.

The NYCBL and ACBL are both members of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NACSB). Both leagues are amongst the oldest and respected summer collegiate wooden bat leagues in the country. The ACBL began in 1967 followed by the NYCBL in 1978.

The inaugural game will take place in Syracuse, NY at the Onondaga Community College baseball complex on July 9, 2018. The NYCBL All-Stars will host the ACBL All-Stars in an action paced day to include a luncheon, home run derby and game. The NYCBL will return the trip and travel to the ACBL in the summer of 2019.

The All-Star Showcase will serve as the "official" All-Star game for both leagues.

The NYCBL consists of 12 franchises located exclusively in the Upstate New York region. The ACBL consists of 8 franchises geographically located surrounding the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

"The ACBL is pleased to participate in this event and looks forward to playing an All-Star game with the NYCBL. This will be an excellent opportunity for our players to display their baseball skills in front of Major League scouts, said ACBL President Tom Bonekemper."

NYCBL Commissioner Joe Brown also stated. "One of our NYCBL goals was to have an inter-league All-Star game, we are excited that we were able to partner with the ACBL. This will enhance the experience and is exciting for our players to play another league, we feel this is a win-win for both leagues and Major League Baseball."

In 2017 seven former ACBL players made their Major League debuts and 108 former ACBL players have played in the Major Leagues including players such as Craig Biggio, Jamie Moyer and Frank Viola.

The NYCBL had numerous former players on Major League rosters in 2017. From the likes of J.D. Martinez, Rajai Davis, Hunter Pence, Mike Fiers, Jason Motte and Tim Locastro. The league has also had great success over the years throughout Major League Baseball. All-Stars Brad Lidge and Tim Hudson along with Gold Glover Kirt Manwaring, Perfect Game Pitcher Dallas Braden along with other notable names like Clay Bellinger, Jeremy Accardo and Tim Naehring all played in the NYCBL.

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Swarmer strong in AAA debut for Cubs
August 20, 2017

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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

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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.)

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