2020 Diamond Notes

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Stoudt makes good return after T-J surgery
October 30, 2020

Levi Stoudt makes good return after T-J surgery

RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017), the Top ACBL Prospect in 2017, underwent Tommy-John surgery after being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the June 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.

Stoudt was invited to the Arizona Instructional League and Andy McKay, Director of Player Development for the Mariners, noted that Stoudt has created as much buzz as any arm in camp now. He has been 95-96 with his fastball and combines this with a plus changeup. He’s the guy people are here to see. They don’t miss his appearances.

Nick Snyder (West Virginia, South Jersey Giants, 2017, Trenton Generals, 2018) was also invited to the Arizona Instructional League by the Arizona Diamondbacks who drafted him in the 11th round of the June 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.

The 6-7 LHP was the second Top ACBL Prospect in 2018 and had an excellent rookie season at short season Hillsboro in the Northwest League where he posted a 2-0 record with a save and a 0.00 ERA. In 16 innings he struck out 27 with nine base on balls.

In other ACBL news Vincent Timpanelli (Ramapo, New York Phenoms, 2019) signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds. As a catcher he hit .279 with five home runs and 32 RBIs for the Phenoms in 2019. He made a strong showing on the mound this past summer and his future with the Reds may be on the mound.

Cash and Slegers head to World Series with the Rays
October 18, 2020

Tampa Bay field manager Kevin Cash (Florida State, Sussex, 1997) and reliever Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead, 2011) have advanced to the World Series after the Rays defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 in game seven on Saturday.

Cash signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays in August 1999 and made his MLB debut in September 2002 as a catcher for the Blue Jays. His success as a field manager for the Rays is well documented.

Slegers, a former ACBL All-Star, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB draft. The 6-10 RHP made eleven appearances during the regular season and recorded two saves in two save opportunities. He posted a 3.46 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over 26 innings. Thus far in the post season he has three relief appearances with a 1.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in five innings.

Former ACBL pitchers play big role in 3-pitch Inning records
September 9, 2020

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown, 2011) on Monday became the fifth former ACBL pitcher to record a three pitch inning, the 189th in MLB history, on Monday as the Oakland A’s defeated the Houston Astros 6-0.

Baseball Almanac data indicates that the American League has posted 82 3-Pitch Innings with Walter Johnson leading the way with four from 1911 thru 1917. Jim Mecir (Eckerd, Nassau) threw a three pitch eighth inning on May 17, 1998 for Tampa Bay. Allen Watson (NY Tech, Long Island) tossed a three pitch ninth inning for the New York Yankees on September 26, 1999.

Pete Harnisch (Fordham, Long Island) tops the National League list of 106 3-Pitch Innings with three 3-Pitch Innings for the Cincinnati Reds. The first one was the fifth inning on September 26, 1998 followed by fourth inning feats on August 24, 1999 and April 7, 2001. Jamie Moyer (Saint Joseph’s, Allentown) put a 3-Pitch Inning on the record for the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 2013.

Trivino has three pitch inning
September 8, 2020
Lou Trivino, Former Quakertown Blazer now pitches in the Oakland Athletics system
RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) closed out the Oakland A’s 6-0 win over the Houston Astros with a three pitch ninth inning.

All three pitches resulted in outfield putouts by centerfielder Ramon Laureano. This was the 188th three pitch inning in MLB history.

The last pitcher to throw one was reportedly Mike Minor in September 2019. Info on when all three outs went to the same player is not available at present.

Trivino now has eight consecutive scoreless relief appearances with a 2.76 ERA for the division leading A’s who host the Astros in a doubleheader today.

Justin Topa makes MLB debut with the Brewers
September 4, 2020

RHP Justin Topa (LIU Brooklyn Southampton, 2010) became the 116th former ACBL player to play in MLB when he allowed two runs over two innings as the Milwaukee Brewers lost 12-1 to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Today he was optioned to the Brewers Alternate Training Site.

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown, 2011) is off to a good start with the division leading Oakland A’s. with seven consecutive scoreless appearances. The 6-5 RHP has eleven relief appearances with a 2.93 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 15 innings.

Other former ACBL players now pitching in MLB include Zach Godley (Tennessee, Southampton, 2010) with the Boston Red Sox, Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead, 2009) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead, 2011) with the Tampa Bay Rays and Kyle McGowin (Savannah St. Sag Harbor, 2011-12) with the Washington Nationals.

Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor, 2011) and Cody Carroll (Southern Mississippi, Center Moriches, 2012) were returned to Alternate Training Sites by the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles respectively.

Vilade Continues Baseball Success
August 5, 2020

Jim Vilade (middle) with Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor from Texas Rangers

The recent assignment of shortstop Ryan Vilade to the Colorado Rockies alternate training site sparked an inquiry as to the current status of his father, former ACBL All-Star Jim Vilade (Baylor University, Jersey Pilots, 92-94). Ryan was a second round draft pick of the Rockies out of Stillwater, Oklahoma HS in 2017 and a California League All-Star in 2019 after hitting .303 with ten triples, 12 home runs, 71 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.

Jim was a First Team All-State player at Bernards High School and played for the Pilots for three years under Glen Gardner as field manager. He was captain of the Baylor University Bears when they won the Southwest Conference championship in 1993.

Vilade started two NCAA programs from the ground up. He guided the University of Dallas for four seasons before leading the University of Texas at Tyler for their first seven years. In these eleven seasons he compiled a 348-117 record and is the second winningest coach in NCAA baseball in Texas and trails only Cliff Gustafson, the former University of Texas coach.

For six seasons he worked for the Texas Rangers AA affiliate, the Frisco Rough Riders. He then served as an assistant coach for Oklahoma State University for four years. Most recently he has rejoined the Miami Marlins as a scout. He has always been very active in community affairs and is the founder of the Keeper of the Game foundation for kids with special needs and disabilities. The organization provides special baseball experiences and fosters their love of baseball.

Jordan DiValerio Signs with Boston Red Sox
June 16, 2020

Jordan DiValerio Signs with Boston Red Sox
Jordan DiValerio Photo Courtesy of Sideline Photos, LLC

Jordan DiValerio (Saint Joseph’s University, Quakertown Blazers) signed a free agent contact with Boston Red Sox on Sunday morning, the first day that NDFAs could sign after the MLB 2020 Amateur Draft. This spring the 6-1, 200 lb. RHP posted a 3-1 record with a 2.38 ERA across four starts in the shortened season. Two of his wins were earned in Hawk victories over Coastal Carolina and Ohio State. His 33 strikeouts and three victories tied him for the Atlantic 10 lead in both categories.

In 2017 DiValerio posted a 1-0 record for the Blazers over five starts and 25 innings. He struck out 24 with nine base on balls while posting a 2.80 ERA and was #8 on the ACBL Top Prospect List for 2017.

2020 ACBL Season has been cancelled
May 30, 2020

ACBL Officially Cancels 2020 Season


ACBL COVID-19 Update
May 1, 2020

The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) on April 30th took further action in remaining optimistic for a 2020 College Summer Baseball Season. The 2020 Summer Season Opener has been delayed til July 1st.

The ACBL plans to make a formal decision no later than May 31st on whether to proceed forward or cancel the season altogether. The ACBL to date has a model in place that would accommodate a 30 game schedule plus Playoffs.

Over the upcoming weeks, The ACBL will be assessing all information and guidance provided by health officials and our local authorities to ensure the safety of all league participants. We all want nothing more than to commence our summer baseball season; I would encourage everyone to check back regularly to receive the latest updates as this situation continues to evolve.

Stay Safe, Stay Clean
Angelo Fiore
Commissioner


NACSB April 8th Statement on COVID-19
April 9, 2020

The National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) is monitoring developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect summer baseball for our member leagues. We are engaging in regular alliance discussions as well as conversations with our partners at Major League Baseball.

The NACSB covers many different states and regions of the country. With states individually handling the bulk of the response and restrictions that are put in place, each league is faced with a different set of circumstances and unique challenges due to this pandemic.

Due to vast uncertainty about when the pandemic will safely pass and when social distancing requirements may be loosened, it is difficult to predict what kind of summer baseball season there will be this year. We expect to receive more guidance about this in the coming weeks. Each league is prepared with different contingency plans should it be deemed safe to host games.

Each summer the NACSB is home to over 4,500 college baseball players who hail from over 900 schools. Our leagues share a singular goal of helping college baseball players get back on the diamond this summer in preparation for the next college season or possibly a future in professional baseball. To achieve this, we encourage you to follow federal, state, and local orders. Stay safe, be patient, and please stay home.

The NACSB is an alliance of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball. Members of the NACSB provide a platform for elite college baseball players to compete at a high level. Players are bound by NCAA eligibility and are sent to each member league by their college coach. Member leagues include: Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, California Collegiate League, Cape Cod Baseball League, Florida Collegiate Summer League, Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, New York Collegiate Baseball League, Southern Collegiate Baseball League, Sunbelt Baseball League, Valley Baseball League.

Higgins and Singer impress in MLB spring training
March 18, 2020

Twenty-five former ACBL players participated in the abbreviated MLB spring training season.

Catcher/third baseman P.J. Higgins (ODU, Lehigh Valley Catz) hit .320, eight-for-25, with two home runs and seven RBIs for the Chicago Cubs.

LHP Jeff Singer (Rutgers-Camden, Trenton Generals) faced four batters in two relief appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies and struck out all four while picking up a save.

ACBL Message Addressing Covid-19
March 16, 2020

During these unprecedented times we want to let you know that as a Summer Collegiate Baseball League, the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) is committed to providing a safe outlet for competitive baseball. We will be closely monitoring The Covid-19 situation at hand and if we can present a safe environment for competition we look forward to doing so.

We urge everyone to take all necessary precautions for yourself and your families.

The ACBL

Bishop and Alazaus lead teams to wins at D-2 level
March 9, 2020

Shortstop Collin Bishop (Kutztown, Trenton, 2018) posted eight RBIs and two home runs as Kutztown University took two of three from Salem University this weekend. After nine games Bishop tops the PSAC in batting average (.581), slugging average (1.065), RBIs (22) and home runs (four).

Brant Alazaus (Walsh, Allentown, 2020) did not allow an earned run over nine innings as Walsh University defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 4-1 on Sunday. The sophomore left-hander struck out 10 with one walk. For the season he has 20 strikeouts and one walk in nineteen innings with a 2-0 record for the Cavaliers.

Scafidi pitches Penn to win over FIU
March 8, 2020

RHP Christian Scafidi (U of Pa., South Jersey) tossed a complete game and allowed no earned runs as the Quakers defeated Florida International University 4-1 on Friday.

Scafidi posted 11 strikeouts and no walks while improving to 2-0 on the season. First baseman Craig Larsen (U of Pa., Ocean Gulls) chipped in with two hits for Penn.

RHP Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown) turned in his third consecutive quality start by allowing only one run over seven innings as the Wildcats defeated Bucknell 8-2. First baseman Ryan Toohers (Villanova, Jersey) topped the Villanova offense with three RBIs, three hits and a home run.

Junior RHP Nick LePre (Wagner, North Jersey) earned his first victory of the season by throwing 4.2 innings of scoreless relief as Wagner defeated Marist 10-9 in twelve innings.

RHP Stephen Aldrich (Monmouth, Quakertown) earned a save by not allowing a run or hit over two innings of relief as Monmouth defeated George Washington 4-2 on Sunday.

DiValerio posts third consecutive quality start
March 1, 2020

RHP Jordan DiValerio (Saint Joseph’s, Quakertown) allowed no earned runs over six innings as the Hawks defeated North Carolina Central 5-1 on Friday. The 6-3 senior improved to 3-0 on the season while striking out ten with two walks.

The Penn Quakers opened up their season with a 10-7 win over Kennesaw State. Christian Scafidi (U of Pa., South Jersey) did not allow an earned run over six innings to earn the victory. Craig Larsen (U of Pa., Ocean Gulls) contributed to the offense as he went 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and a pair of walks.

On Sunday there were several outstanding pitching performances. LHP Tevin Murray (Rutgers, Allentown) did not allow an earned run over 5.1 innings to pick up the win as Rutgers defeated Washington State 6-1. Parker Scott (Rutgers, North Jersey) added 3.1 scoreless innings to pick up his second save.

LHP Frank Doelling (Rider, Trenton) allowed one earned run in seven innings as the Broncs defeated James Madison 3-2. Vince Vitacco (Rider, Staten Island) notched the save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Josh Kopcza (Binghamton, Allentown) tossed six scoreless innings to gain the win as the Bearcats defeated Longwood 11-4. Dominic Buonadonna (Binghamton, Allentown) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first collegiate save.

Jeff Singer earns save for Phillies
February 24, 2020

On Sunday LHP Jeff Singer (Rutgers-Camden, Trenton Generals) entered the game in the ninth inning with the Philadelphia Phillies leading the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 with two outs and runners on first and second base. Singer then struck out the Pirate batter on three pitches to record the save. Singer is one of six former ACBL players assigned to MLB teams over the past three days for spring training games.

Outfielder Narciso Crook (Rowan-Gloucester, Trenton Generals) was assigned to the Cincinnati Reds while catcher Alex Kowalczyk (Pitt, Quakertown Blazers) was assigned to the Texas Rangers.

RHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown Rockies) was assigned to the Minnesota Twins. RHP Brian McKenna (Post, North Jersey Eagles) and RHP Matt Swarmer (Kutztown, Allentown Railers) were assigned to the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs respectively.

Former ACBL players help Rutgers sweep
February 23, 2020

Several former ACBL players played key roles as Rutgers swept North Florida by the scores of 14-3, 16-4 and 7-6 this weekend.

Shortstop Danny DiGeorgio (North Jersey, Staten Island ,New York) posted four hits on Friday while LHP Harry Rutkowski (Trenton) allowed two runs over seven innings to get the win.

On Saturday DiGeorgio had three hits with three RBIs while Tommy Genuario (North Jersey) put up a quality start to earn the win. Parker Scott (North Jersey) allowed one run over three innings to obtain the save.

LHP Tevin Murray (Allentown) notched the win in the finale by allowing three runs over five innings. Kyle Muller (Trenton) pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

Freshman Grant Shulman (Ocean Gulls) added three hits in five at bats to the Rutgers offense in the series.

LHP Frank Doelling (Rider, Trenton) was outstanding as the Broncs defeated East Tennessee State University on Saturday. Doelling allowed only one run and three hits over seven innings in the 7-4 win. He struck out nine with one walk to pick up his first win of the season.

ACBL players shine on Opening Day
February 15, 2020

Several former ACBL players put up outstanding performances as the NCAA D-1 baseball season opened on Friday.

Justin Fall (Arizona State, Ocean Gulls, 2018), the Top ACBL Prospect in 2018, tossed six shutout innings as the third-ranked Sun Devils defeated Villanova 4-1 in their home opener. The 6-6 LHP struck out six and allowed three hits.

Evan Bergman (High Point, North Jersey Eagles, 2019-20) went four-for-four with five RBIs including a sac fly as the Panthers defeated Lafayette 16-8. Bergman played first base and had two doubles plus a triple.

Jordan DiValerio (Saint Joseph’s, Quakertown Blazers, 2017) did not allow an earned run over five innings as the Hawks defeated Ohio State 7-3 in the Sunbird Classic. The 6-3 senior RHP struck out nine and allowed only one hit to pick up the win.

Former ACBL players ready for MLB spring training
February 11, 2020

Veteran shortstop Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) tops the list of former ACBL players at MLB spring training sites in 2020. The two-time Gold Glove shortstop played in 158 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019 and posted a .254 average with nineteen home runs, 82 RBIs and a .753 OPS. This is the current list of players at MLB spring training sites including Non-Roster Invitees.

PITCHERS
Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor) RHP Kansas City Royals
Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown) RHP Oakland A’s
Cody Carroll (Southern Miss, Center Moriches) RHP Baltimore Orioles
Kyle McGowin (Savannah St. Sag Harbor) RHP Washington Nationals
Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead) RHP, NRI New York Yankees
Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead) RHP, NRI Tampa Bay Rays
Zack Godley (Tennessee, Southampton) RHP NRI Detroit Tigers

CATCHERS
Seby Zavala (San Diego St. Riverhead) Chicago White Sox
Nick Dini (Wagner, Center Moriches) NRI Kansas City Royals
P.J. Higgins (ODU, Lehigh Valley) NRI Chicago Cubs

INFIELDERS
Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) Arizona Diamondbacks
Frank Schwindel (St. John’s, Riverhead) NRI Detroit Tigers

OUTFIELDERS
Zack Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island) NRI New York Yankees
Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island) NRI Toronto Blue Jays

Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown) is currently in rehab after arm surgery. The left-handed reliever topped the Toronto Blue Jays with 18 holds in 2019. RHPs Matt Festa (East Stroudsburg, Staten Island) and Heath Fillmyer (Mercer CC, Trenton) had been designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals respectively. Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown) recently signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.




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2021 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division

 WLTPoints
Trenton Generals2515090
Jersey2513088
Quakertown2117080
Trenton Capitals1622070

Kaiser Division

 WLTPoints
North Jersey236075
New York1223059
New Brunswick1222058
Ocean Ospreys1024054

3 points for a Win, 2 points for a Tie, 1 point for a Loss



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