2021 Diamond Notes

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Stoudt off to good start in Mariners' system
September 21, 2021
Levi Stoudt off to good start in Mariners' system Levi Stoudt Photo Courtesy of MILB.com

RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers,2017) finally started his pro career after sitting out the 2019 season with Tommy John surgery and missing the 2020 minor league season which was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. Stoudt, the Top ACBL Prospect in 2017, was drafted in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Stoudt posted a 6-1 record for the Everett AquaSox, the Mariners High-A affiliate and in August was promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, the Mariners AA affiliate. Overall he posted a 7-3 record in 15 starts with 86Ks in 81.2 innings with a 3.31 ERA.

RHP Matt Svanson (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers,2018) and RHP Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown Blazers,2018), ACBL All-Stars in 2018 and pitchers on the Blazers’ ACBL championship team, also had success in their first season of pro ball.

Svanson was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2021 MLB Draft and assigned to their Low-A affiliate, Dunedin. The 6-5, 230 pound RHP posted five saves in 11 relief appearances over 15.2 innings and struck out 23 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

Kingsbury was drafted in the 17th round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners and assigned to their Low-A affiliate, the Modesto Nuts. On Friday September 17 he participated in a combined no-hitter as Modesto defeated Stockton 7-0. Kingsbury allowed no runs or hits over seven innings with ten strikeouts and one walk. On the season he posted a 2-1 record and 2.20 ERA in 32.2 innings. He struck out 39 and walked eleven with a 0.83 WHIP and opponents hit .138 against him.

2021 Reliever of the Year
August 16, 2021

2021 Reliever of the Year
Joe Skapinetz, Jersey Pilots

Easy to see why Lafayette head coach Tim Reilly is excited for the arrival of Skapinetz in the Fall.

While no team in the ACBL really used the traditional closer to overwhelming success, Skapinetz quietly put up the best season of any league pitcher out of the bullpen and deserves recognition as the league’s Reliever of the Year.

With a powerful 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame and a deceptively strong low 90s fastball, Skapinetz overpowered enemy hitters out of the pen. In 10 outings – 8 in relief – Big Joe pitched to a 0.95 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 19 innings. He allowed just six hits all season.

Enemy hitters managed just an .071 average against Skapinetz with a .264 OBP. Watch him throw and you can see an arm that should be able to pump it up to the mid-90s with a bit more progression.

In fact, it’s not hard to imagine Skapinetz giving league hitters nightmares for the next few years.

Joe Skapinetz, Jersey Pilots, 2021 Reliever of the Year


2021 Hitter of the Year
August 15, 2021

2021 Hitter of the Year
Casey Caufield, Quakertown Blazers

The guy who got things started for manager Jeff Evans’ potent offense is the 2021 ACBL Hitter of the Year.

Monmouth University’s Caufield got better and better as the season went on and at .397 finished just one hit shy of .400 for the season. He was that good and that tough of an out.

Casey finished with 15 multi-hit games and five three-hit games – four of which came over the final two weeks of the regular season. He went 15-for-29 down the stretch, was a patient leadoff man at the plate (16 walks and a .493 OBP over the entire season), and stole 13 bases in 15 attempts. He finished with 46 hits and 28 runs and Caulfield’s 68 times on base led the entire ACBL.

Caufield’s at bats set the tone for the relentless offensive attack that Evans and GM Chris Ray worked hard to build. He finished the month of July with hits in 20 out of 21 games (including the ASG) and left no doubt as far as Hitter of the Year.

Casey Caufield, Quakertown Blazers, 2021 Hitter of the Year Winner


2021 Slugger of the Year
August 14, 2021

2021 Slugger of the Year
Vinny DiNicola, Jersey Pilots

Jersey’s big first baseman put MAAC coaches on notice with his performance this summer. The Siena College transfer has the ability to hurt a lot of baseballs over the next three years.

DiNicola was far and away the best power hitter in the ACBL in 2021. He blasted 10 home runs during the regular season – and added another in the playoffs – to go along with a league-best 28 RBIs in the middle of manager Fred Orchard’s lineup.

DiNicola had a pair of two-homer games in a five-day span right before the All-Star game, crunching two against the Capitals on July 15 and another pair against the Blazers on July 20. Throw in nine stolen bases for good measure, and there’s no wonder Siena head coach Tony Rossi – the dean of all D1 coaches – is excited for his 53rd year at the helm of the Saints.

With a .649 slugging percentage and 1.041 OPS, DiNicola made opposing managers aware of his presence at all times. He is the very definition of Slugger of the Year.

Vinny DiNicola, Jersey Pilots, 2021 Slugger of the Year Winner


2021 Darrin Winston Pitcher of the Year
August 13, 2021

Darrin Winston Pitcher of the Year
Winston Allen, Jersey Pilots

Before heading off to his graduate year at the University of Richmond, Jersey Pilots ace Winston Allen gave area fans an advanced course in what happens when you put the ball where you want and dictate at bats.

Allen dominated Wolff Division hitters during the regular season. He did not allow an earned run over his first 31 innings (counting his perfect, two strikeout frame in the all-star game) and finished the season 3-0 with a 0.29 ERA, allowing just 13 hits on the season. Opposing hitters batted just .124 against Allen with a .360 OPS.

And this wasn’t a matter of loading up on cupcakes either. Every inning he pitched came against three of the top four other teams in the ACBL when it came to overall points. He started twice against the league champion Trenton Generals and three times against the potent lineup of the Quakertown Blazers.

Through it all, Winston proved to be a rock for manager Fred Orchard and ace for his talented rotation. And a great choice for league Pitcher of the Year.

Winston Allen, Jersey Pilots 2021 Darrin Winston Pitcher of the Year Winner


2021 Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player
August 12, 2021

Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player
Chase Conklin, Trenton Generals

Those who knew Santy Gallone speak of the man’s unquenchable passion for the game, willingness to sacrifice his body to win, and innate ability to lead his teammates to heights they didn’t know possible.

Those who know Chase Conklin and saw what Mr. Do-Everything did to lead the Trenton Generals to their first ACBL title since 2014 realize how appropriate a recipient he is of an award named in honor of the ACBL legend.

In simplest terms, Conklin would not let the Generals fall short of their preseason goal to bring home the title. When the team fell out of first place for a day on July 30, this is how the rising University of Richmond sophomore responded – 19 hits in his final 36 at bats, a .609 OBP and no strikeouts in his final 46 plate appearances, 16 RBIs in his final nine games, and too many highlight reel defensive plays to count. Not to mention some of the most heads-up baserunning you’ll see at any level these days.

Then came the ACBL Championship series performance for the ages that will be remembered by anyone who saw it. Reaching base 10 times in 11 plate appearances as the Gens swept the North Jersey Eagles, Conklin drove in seven runs in two games, scored four, stole a pair of bases, scored a run on an infield fly, and made the defensive play that halted the only Eagles rally dead in its tracks.

It was a Whatever It Takes performance that even Santy Gallone would admire. And the reason Conklin is such a deserving choice for this award.

Click here to watch the Chase Conklin MVP Highlight Video.

Chase Conklin, Trenton Generals 2021 Santy Gallone MVP Winner


Trenton Captures ACBL Championship
August 9, 2021

For the second time in franchise history, the Trenton Generals are the champions of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, following a sweep of the North Jersey Eagles, 12-7 and 7-1, in a Championship Sunday doubleheader at Moody Park in Ewing.

Chase Conklin (Richmond) was the star of the series. He reached base 10 times in the two-game sweep. He finished the day with seven hits, four runs scored, and seven RBIs. Conklin went 11-for-19 in Trenton's five playoff games with 11 RBIs batting out of the 2-hole in the lineup. He contributed the biggest defensive play of the series as well, ranging far into the hole at short to get speedy Devin Boone when the Eagles ralled to within 9-5 in Game 1.

But there were many other stars for the Generals. On the mound, two-way specialist Dylan Maria (Rowan) ripped off his longest outing since high school, going six innings to start Game 2 and holding the league's highest scoring offense to just one run. ACBL veteran Frank DelGuercio (Rider) went four innings for the save in Game 1. Kenny Lombardo (Marist) homered in the Game 2 win, while Danny Melnick's key two-out, two-run single in the first inning of Game 1 broke the ice and started the Generals on their way.

The sweep made Generals manager Jeremy Hefele (head coach/Clarks Summit) a champion in his first year at the helm of the Generals, as the 24-year-old field general became the youngest title winning manager in league history.

Click here to watch the ACBL Championship Series on replay.

Trenton Celebrates ACBL Championship Series win

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How to Catch the ACBL Championship Series
August 7, 2021

Fans unable to make it out to Moody Park in Ewing or Breslin Field in Lyndhurst to watch the ACBL Championship Series between the Wolff Division Champion Trenton Generals and Kaiser Division Champion North Jersey Eagles will still have numerous ways to follow all the action in real time.

Live Stream - Those interested in watching via Livestream can tune into the Generals' Youtube page at youtube.com/GeneralsBaseballLLC with J.C. Colavita on the call. As a courtesy, we kindly ask you to Subscribe to our page - as it will help us continue to promote the fantastic players who comprise the ACBL.

Click here to stream the ACBL Championship Series.

Radio - Both teams offer radio broadcasts of the game. All Generals home games are broadcast on 107.7 FM, 1077thebronc.com and the associated WRRC1 app available in the Apple and Google Play stores. The Generals are also on Amazon Alexa! Ethan Duer and Dom DeRosa are on the call.

Mike Contento handles play-by-play duties for the North Jersey Eagles.

Click here to hear the Trenton Generals Radio Broadcast.
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PointStreak - Championship games will be scored live at our Pointstreak website. Links are located on this website in the Todays Game section.

Twitter
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Generals Advance to ACBL Championship Series vs North Jersey
August 6, 2021

ACBL Championship Series 2021

The Trenton Generals captured the Wolff Division Championship today defeating the Jersey Pilots 9-7.

Trenton will host games 1 and 2 of the ACBL Championship series aginst North Jersey, beginning on Sunday, August 8th.

ACBL Championship Series 2021 (Best of 3)
North Jersey Eagles (25-6) vs Trenton Generals (27-16)

Sunday, August 8
Game 1 - North Jersey vs. Trenton
Game 2 - Trenton vs. North Jersey
Double Header at Moody Park, Ewing Township, NJ
Starting at noon.

Note: North Jersey Eagles are the home team for Game 2

Monday, August 9 (If Necessary)
North Jersey Eagles vs. Trenton Generals
Field: Breslin Field, Lyndhurst, NJ
First Pitch: 7pm

Note: Trenton Generals would be the home team if necessary


Eagles Advance, Generals and Pilots to Play Game 3 Today
August 6, 2021

The North Jersey Eagles are headed for the 2021 ACBL Championship Series that begins on Sunday August 8th.

North Jersey won the Kaiser Division Best of Three series by taking game one 7-3 and wrapping the series up in the nightcap 12-3.

In the Wolff Division finals the Trenton Generals will travel to Drew University and take on the Jersey Pilots. After splitting the first two games on Thursday, todays game will decide who advances to the ACBL Championship.

Friday, August 6
Wolff Division Finals
Trenton Generals vs. Jersey Pilots
Field Drew University
First Pitch: 2 PM

Note: The North Jersey Eagles and Trenton Generals will be the home team if necessary

Sunday, August 8
ACBL Championship double header at Wolff Division winner
Note: Kaiser Division winner is home team for G2

Monday, August 9
ACBL Championship if necessary at Kaiser Division winner
Note: Wolff Division winner is home team if necessary


ACBL Divisional Matchups Set
August 3, 2021

The New York Phenoms and Jesey Pilots have advanced to the Division finals beginning on Thursday August 5th.

New York defeated New Brunswick 16-3 and advances to the Kaiser Division finals against the North Jersey Eagles.

In the Wolff Division finals the Jersey Pilots will travel to Moody Park and take on the Trenton Generals after edging the Quakertown Blazers 6-5.

Thursday, August 5
Kaiser Division Finals (Best of 3)
New York Phenoms vs. North Jersey Eagles
Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ
DH Start time: 4 PM

Wolff Division Finals (Best of 3)
Jersey Pilots vs. Trenton Generals
Moody Park, Ewing Township, NJ
DH Start time: 4 PM

Note: The North Jersey Eagles and Trenton Generals are home team in Game 1. The New York Phenoms and Jersey Pilots are the home team in Game 2.

Friday, August 6 (If Necessary)
Kaiser Division Finals
North Jersey Eagles vs. New York Phenoms
Field Mid Island Babe Ruth, Staten Island, NY
First Pitch: 2:30 PM

Wolff Division Finals
Trenton Generals vs. Jersey Pilots
Field Drew University
First Pitch: 2 PM

Note: The North Jersey Eagles and Trenton Generals will be the home team if necessary

Sunday, August 8
ACBL Championship double header at Wolff Division winner
Note: Kaiser Division winner is home team for G2

Monday, August 9
ACBL Championship if necessary at Kaiser Division winner
Note: Wolff Division winner is home team if necessary


ACBL Playoff Schedule
August 2, 2021

The 2021 ACBL playoffs will begin tomorrow afternoon, August 3rd. Game times are still in the process of being finalized, so check back often for updated times.

Tuesday, August 3
Kaiser Division Play-in
New Brunswick Matrix vs. New York Phenoms
Mid Island Babe Ruth, Staten Island, NY
First Pitch: 2:30 PM

Wolff Division Play-in
Quakertown Blazers vs. Jersey Pilots
Drew University, Madison, NJ
First Pitch: 5 PM

Thursday, August 5
Kaiser Division Finals (Best of 3)
New Brunswick / New York winner vs. North Jersey Eagles
Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ
DH Start time: 4 PM

Wolff Division Finals (Best of 3)
Quakertown / Jersey winner vs. Trenton Generals
Moody Park, Ewing Township, NJ
DH Start time: 4 PM

Note: The North Jersey Eagles and Trenton Generals are home team in Game 1. The Division Play-in winners are the home team in Game 2.

Friday, August 6 (If Necessary)
Kaiser Division Finals
North Jersey Eagles vs. New Brunswick / New York winner
Field TBD
First Pitch: TBD

Wolff Division Finals
Trenton Generals vs. Quakertown / Jersey winner
Field TBD
First Pitch: TBD

Note: The North Jersey Eagles and Trenton Generals will be the home team if necessary

Sunday, August 8
ACBL Championship double header at Wolff Division winner
Note: Kaiser Division winner is home team for G2

Monday, August 9
ACBL Championship if necessary at Kaiser Division winner
Note: Wolff Division winner is home team if necessary


2021 ACBL All-Star Game Photos
July 27, 2021

Courtesy of M7 Productions a host of pictures have been made available to the public.

Click here to view Photos from the 2021 All-Star Game.


ACBL ASG MVP Award Winners and First Pitch
July 23, 2021

2021 ACBL All-Star MVP's - Ryan Murphy, Chris Reeder and Ryan Ford

Wolf Division - Co-Tucci Lumber MVP’s
Ryan Murphy - Trenton Generals, Rowan University
Chris Reeder - Trenton Capitals, TCNJ

Kaiser Division - Emery Glove MVP
Ryan Ford - North Jersey Eagles, Penn State University

Thank You to our MVP Award sponsors Tucci Lumber and Emery Glove Co

Below, Eli Marks, grandson of Treasurer Bob Hoffman representing former ACBL Champions the NJ Colts throws out the first pitch at Thursday's ACBL All-Star Game

Eli Marks, grandson of Treasurer Bob Hoffman representing former ACBL Champions the NJ Colts throws out the first pitch


Wolff All-Stars Top Kaiser All-Stars 8-5
July 23, 2021

Jake Kmiec (Capitals/Mercer CC) scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the 9th inning as the Wolff Division All-Stars posted an 8-5 win last night over the Kaiser Division All-Stars in the annual ACBL mid-summer classic at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.

The run made a winning pitcher out of Garrison LeGros (Capitals/Mercer CC) who pitched a hitless bottom of the 8th with the score tied. Joe Sheets (Generals/Columbia) pitched an electric 9th, striking out two and wowing the scouts in attendance to earn the save.

Ryan Murphy (Generals/Rowan) and Chris Reeder (Capitals/TCNJ) represented the Garden State and the NJAC with pride as they split the co-MVP honors. Murphy earned the corresponding trophy bat graciously donated by Tucci Lumber by winning a spirited game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

You can watch the Rock, Paper, Scissors clip by clicking the following link.

Murphy drove in two runs for the Wolff squad in the top of the first and gunned down a runner at the plate with a hellacious throw from right field in the bottom of the 2nd. Reeder doubled in a key insurance run in the 9th and threw out a runner trying to steal with the score tied in the 8th.

Ryan Ford (Eagles/Penn State) earned himself team MVP honors for the Kaiser Division with a three-run laser beam over the right field fence in the 4th. Ford earned himself a custom glove from Emery Glove Co., which gained attention for the awesome glove it made Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at this year's All-Star game in Denver.

Quakertown's star center fielder Ben Watson (Blazers/Elizabethtown) was the only player in the game with two hits, including a long double in the 5th inning. Jersey's heavy-hitting DH Kyle Richards (Pilots/Caldwell) smacked a triple into the RF corner in the 9th, showing off his wheels with a head-first dive into the bag.

Standout pitchers for the Wolff Division early in the game include Winston Allen (Pilots/Richmond) who tossed a 1-2-3 frame in the first and now has gone 27 innings this year without allowing an earned run. Hunter Curley (Generals/Arcadia) looked sharp with a perfect 3rd inning.

Ben Amon (Matrix/TCNJ) was part of a parade of Kaiser hurlers who kept the visitors at bay most of the night. Joe Cinnella (Eagles/Seton Hall), James LaBruno (Osprey/Brookdale CC), and Hunter Sabbers (Eagles/Marist) also threw scoreless innings.

Murphy's first-inning single scored Chase Conklin (Generals/Richmond) who started the game with a single and Kenny Tagliareni (Capitals/Dickinson) who was hit by a pitch.

Ben Petrone (Generals/Lafayette) tripled in the second and scored on a hit from Vinny DiNicola (Pilots/Siena). Watson's double drove in Mark McNelly (Generals/Seton Hall) who had walked.

You can watch any or all of the game by clicking the following link.


ACBL ALL STAR Game Rosters Announced
July 20, 2021
2021 ACBL All-Star Logo The ACBL All Star Game will be this Thursday July 22nd. Game time is set for 6:00 PM at First Energy Park, Lakewood NJ Home of the Jersey Shore Blue Claws the High A affiliate of the MLB Philadelphia Phillies This year 121 Colleges and Universities are represented on the rosters of ACBL teams, the game will showcase the the talents of 58 players selected by Coaches and General Managers from the leagues 8 teams.

Players should report to the Stadium at 3:30 PM. BP for Scouts and Coaches will start at 4:00pm Followed by Infield / Outfield prior to the 6:00 pm game time.

Admission is $5.00 per person.

Click this link to view the 2021 ACBL All-Stars.


Rutkowski Signs with Blue Jays
July 19, 2021
Rutkowski Signs with Blue Jays, Photo Courtesy of Rutgers Athletic Department
Harry Rutkowski Photo Courtesy of Rutgers Athletic Department

LHP Harry Rutkowski (Rutgers, Trenton Generals,2017) signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

Rutkowski posted a 4.22 ERA in 81 innings this spring for the Scarlet Knights with a 1.32 WHIP and .239 opposition batting average.

Rutkowski was previously drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 28th round of the 2017 Draft as a high school senior. He did not sign and pitched for the Generals where he posted a 2-0 record with a 2.84 ERA in 25 innings. He struck out 34 with only eight base on balls.

Svanson leads ACBL in draft selections
July 13, 2021
Svanson leads ACBL in draft selections Matt Svanson Photo Courtesy of Lisa Stamford

RHP Matt Svanson (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers,2018) was selected in the 13th round of the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. The 6-5 RHP was pick number 392 and posted a 2.30 ERA for the Mountain Hawks this spring with 65Ks in 70 innings.

RHP Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown Blazers, 2018) was pick number 504 in the 17th round for the Seattle Mariners. Kingsbury posted a 5-4 record with four saves for the Wildcats this spring. In 64.2 innings he struck out 86.

LHP Justin Fall (Brookdale CC, Arizona State, Ocean Gulls,2018) was selected in the 17th round, pick #509, by the Miami Marlins. The 6-6 LHP topped ASU with seven wins and in innings pitched with 77.

Fall was the top prospect on the 2018 ACBL Prospect list, while Svanson and Kingsbury were ranked 8th and 9th respectively.

Trivino named AL Reliever of the Month
July 3, 2021
Trivino named AL Reliever of the Month Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) of the Oakland A’s and Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers were named MLB’s Relievers of the Month for June.

Trivino won the American League award after collecting six saves in six save opportunities while posting a 0.71 ERA in 13 appearances.

The 6-5 RHP did not allow a run until the final day of the month, putting together a streak of 12 consecutive scoreless appearances before then.

On the season Trivino has 13 saves and five holds in 37 appearances with a 2.11 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

Schwindel hits first MLB home run
July 1, 2021

Frank Schwindel (St. John’s, Riverhead, 2011) celebrated his 29th birthday on Tuesday by being called up by the Oakland A’s and on Wednesday hit his first major league home run.

The 6-1,220 lb. 1B/DH turned on a fastball and drilled it a projected 395 feet down the left field line at 108 MPH off the bat.

Over the past eight years Schwindel hit 134 home runs after grinding through 832 minor league games with only a brief stint up with the Royals previously. He was tied for the Minor League lead in home runs with 16 home runs while playing at AAA Las Vegas.

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011), who was on the 2011 ACBL All-Star team with Schwindel, posted his 13th save as the A’s defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1 to remain at 0.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West pennant race.

ACBL to open 54th season
June 1, 2021

After the COVID induced cancellation of the 2020 season, ACBL fans eagerly anticipate the opening of the 2021 season on June 7 when the Ocean Ospreys travel to Staten Island to play the New York Phenoms in a doubleheader.

Some of the players on current ACBL rosters who have achieved league honors this spring include RHP John Modugno (Indiana, North Jersey Eagles) who received Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors after posting a 3-1 record with a 2.09 ERA in 38.2 innings which included 40 strikeouts and a .208 opposing team average. Catcher Brian Skettini (Rider, North Jersey Eagles) was selected to the MAAC Baseball All-Rookie Team and infielder Joe Gorla (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers) was named to the Patriot League second Team after hitting .322 with 34 RBI.

RHP Christian Aich (Pace, New York Phenoms) was a first team Northeast-10 Conference selection in addition to being named Southeast Division Rookie Pitcher of the Year. Aich posted a 5-0 record with a 2.28 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 47 innings with 48 strikeouts for the Pacesetters.

C/OF Sam Barletta (Chesnut Hill, Quakertown Blazers) was selected to the first team of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. He topped the CACC with 18 stolen bases and hit .387 with a .613 slugging average. DH Gregory DiGiaro (STAC, New York Phenoms) was named to the East Coast Conference Second Team.

Catcher Tim Haverstick (East Stroudsburg, Trenton Generals) and shortstop Gavin Troutman (Lock Haven, Trenton Capitals) were placed on the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Second Team.

LHP Eli Atiya (Rowan, Trenton Generals) was named to the first team of the New Jersey Athletic Conference after posting a 1.73 ERA over 62 innings with 66 strikeouts. RHP Darmany Rivas (Wm. Paterson, North Jersey Eagles) and catcher Phil Marcantonio (Kean, New Brunswick Matrix) were selected to the NJAC conference second team.

P.J. Higgins makes MLB debut with Cubs
May 20, 2021

P.J. Higgins (ODU, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2013) was called up from Iowa on Wednesday and went 0-for-3 in his debut as the Chicago Cubs lost to Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 4-3. Higgins played catcher and 1B/3B in the Cubs system for six years after being drafted in the 12th round in 2015. He was hitting .333 (13-39) with one home run and six RBI for the Cubs’ AAA affiliate. He becomes the 118th former ACBL player to play in Major League Baseball.

The Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of RHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown Rockies, 2008-09) from the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League and assigned him to their AAA affiliate, Buffalo. Lawrence pitched in 38 MLB games for the Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners in 2017 and 2018.

Two other former ACBL and MLB pitchers have joined teams in the Atlantic League with hopes of returning to MLB. LHP Chris Reed (Stanford, Torrington, 2010) and RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer CC, Trenton Generals,2013) have signed with contracts with the Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers respectively. Reed was a first round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Fall and Roche continue mound success
May 9, 2021
Justin Fall pitching well at ASU
Justin Fall (Brookdale CC, Arizona State, Ocean Gulls, 2018) improved his record to 6-1 as he tossed the first complete game for the Sun Devils in over two years. The 6-6, LHP allowed two earned runs with seven hits and five strikeouts as he finished strong.

Fall, a redshirt junior and ACBL Top Prospect in 2018, allowed all seven hits in the first four innings as he retired the final 14 batters in the ASU win over California 6-3 on Saturday.

Kyle Roche (F&M, Ocean Gulls, 2019) was named the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week on May 4. On Saturday the 6-8 junior RHP scattered three hits over seven innings as the Diplomats defeated Dickinson 2-1.

Roche finished the season with a 7-0 record that included a 1.00 ERA in 45 innings and 54 strikeouts with only seven walks.

ACBL players earn Weekly Awards
April 27, 2021

Sam Barletta (Chesnut Hill, Quakertown Blazers, 2021) was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week on April 26 after going 10-for-11 (.909) at the plate. The junior catcher/outfielder scored seven runs, posted seven RBI and was 3-for-3 in stolen bases with a 1.273 slugging average. Barletta is currently hitting .417 with 20 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

Mitch Balint (Delaware, Quakertown Blazers,2021) was selected Colonial Athletic Conference Player of the Week for March 9 after batting .750 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI as Delaware swept LaSalle in a doubleheader. The freshman catcher/DH is currently hitting .288 with four home runs and nine RBI for the Blue Hens.

Matt Stamford (Lehigh, Jersey Pilots, 2019,2021) was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week on March 16 after posting a perfect 5.2 innings of relief in a Lehigh victory over Bucknell. The junior LHP has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings.

Bryant Skurbe (Merrimack, Ocean Gulls, 2021) was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on March 16 after hitting .286 with two home runs and seven RBI. Two weeks later he was again named Rookie of the Week after hitting .556 with a .889 slugging average including 10 hits and seven RBI. The freshman outfielder/DH is currently hitting .273 with four home runs and 24 RBI.

Freshman catcher Billy Minett (St. Thomas Aquinas, Ocean Ospreys, 2021) was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week on April 12 after posting a .571 batting average (4 for 7) with three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored in two wins over the College of Staten Island.

Trivino and Mayza build on spring training success
April 14, 2021

Trivino,Mayza and Palacios post outstanding peformances

Photos Courtesy of MLB.com

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakerown Blazers, 2011) and LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers,2011) have continued their spring training dominance of hitters as both closed out wins on Tuesday.

Trivino tossed a 12 pitch scoreless ninth inning to get the save as the Oakland A’s defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. In seven games over 8.2 innings Trivino has posted a 1.04 ERA and allowed only one hit with nine strikeouts. He has a WHIP of 0.69 and opponents are hitting .074.

Mayza tossed an eleven pitch scoreless ninth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 7-3. In five games over 3.1 innings Mayza has a 0.00 ERA with no walks and five strikeouts. Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) put the Blue Jays on the board with a two run single in the second inning and is currently hitting .385.

Roche gets another win for F&M
April 13, 2021

Kyle Roche (Ocean Gulls, 2019) improved his record to 4-0 on Saturday when Franklin & Marshall defeated McDaniel 3-1 as Roche allowed one earned run over seven innings.

The 6-8 junior allowed three hits with two walks and eleven strikeouts. In 24 innings Roche has posted a 0.75 ERA with three walks and 33 strikeouts.

He was named Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week (March 29 - April 4) and tops the conference in wins, ERA and strikeouts.

Matt Devlin (Jersey Pilots, 2019) has also started four games for the Diplomats with a 2-2 record. The senior LHP has a 5.85 ERA with seven walks and 26 strikeouts over 20 innings.

Fall pitching well at ASU
April 12, 2021
Justin Fall pitching well at ASU
Justin Fall (Brookdale CC, Arizona State, Ocean Gulls, 2018) posted his third consecutive quality start as the Sun Devils defeated the University of Washington 8-1 on Saturday. Fall, the Top ACBL prospect in 2018, allowed one earned run and six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings. The 6-5 LHP improved his record to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.95.

Matt Svanson (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2018) allowed one run in 4.2 innings as Lehigh defeated Bucknell on Saturday. The 6-5 RHP was prospect #8 on the 2018 ACBL list and has a 3-2 record in seven starts over 37.1 innings. His ERA is 2.45 with a 1.05 WHIP and he has 11 walks and with 42 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .206.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown Blazers, 2018), the #9 prospect on the 2018 ACBL list, has a 4-2 record for the Wildcats with a 3.83 ERA in seven starts over 42.1 innings. He has posted 22 walks and 55 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .192.

Palacios has big game for Blue Jays
April 11, 2021

Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) may have been hitless in his MLB debut on Friday, but he sure turned things around quickly on Saturday as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Los Angeles Angels 15-1.

Palacios’ first major league hit was a perfect bunt down the third-base line. He then went four-for-four with one walk, one RBI and four runs scored. He became the third player in the modern-era to collect four-plus hits and score four-plus runs in one of his first two games.

Palacios makes MLB debut
April 10, 2021

Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) was recalled from the Toronto Blue Jays alternate training site and was hitless in three at bats in the Blue Jays 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Palacios was a fourth round draft selection of the Blue Jays in the 2016 MLB Draft and hit .353 in spring training with a .706 slugging average and becomes the 117th former ACBL player to play in Major League baseball.

RHP Kyle McGowin (Savannah State, Sag Harbor) was recalled from the Washington Nationals alternate training site on April 6 and has not allowed a hit or run in two relief appearances over 2.1 innings.

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers) posted a hold last night with a scoreless eighth inning as the Oakland A’s defeated the Houston Astros 6-2.

Ahmed and Slegers ready for Opening Day
March 31, 2021

Former ACBL All-Stars, Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) and Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead) reportedly are ready for opening day in the Major Leagues after battling some injuries this spring.

The veteran shortstop Ahmed was bothered by right knee soreness and returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup on March 26.

Slegers, a 6-10, RHP, will fill the last bullpen slot for the Los Angeles Angels according to former ACBL player and current Angels’ field manager, Joe Maddon. Slegers returned on March 24 after being out with back spasms for three weeks. Slegers made five appearances this spring and did not allow a run in six innings with a 0.67 WHIP and opponent average of .143.

Trivino and Mayza post outstanding performances
March 29, 2021

Trivino and Mayza post outstanding peformances

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) and Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers,2011) did not allow a run this spring and were nearly unhittable for the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays respectively.

Trivino only allowed one hit in seven relief appearances over 7 1/3 innings. The 6-5 RHP struck out eight with a save. His WHIP was 0.55 and opponents hit .043 against him. Trivino’s role may be as a potential multi-inning weapon out of the A’s bullpen.

Mayza is coming off Tommy John surgery in late 2019 and also allowed only one hit in seven appearances over 6 2/3 innings with a win. He struck out six while posting a 0.45 WHIP and opponent batting average of .048. Mayza may assume his prior role of the “go to lefty” out of the Blue Jays bullpen. In 2019 he topped the Blue Jays with 68 appearances.

Mayza and Palacios shine for the Blue Jays
March 5, 2021

On Tuesday LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) made his first appearance since undergoing Tommy-John surgery as he tossed a scoreless inning in the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Mayza’s fastball was in the 94-95 MPH range while his slider was clocked at 88-89 MPH.

On Friday centerfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) posted five RBIs as the Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 13-4. Palacios, a 4th round selection of the Blue Jays in the 2016 draft, posted a double, triple and home run in three at bats.

Outfielder Narciso Crook (Gloucester CC, Trenton Generals) has played in five games for the Cincinnati Reds this spring. Crook was a 23rd round selection of the Reds in the 2013 draft and entered pro ball at age 18.

Giants invite Tropeano to spring training
February 21, 2021

The San Francisco Giants signed free agent RHP Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead) to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. The former ACBL All-Star posted a 1-0 record with a 1.15 ERA in seven relief appearances over 15.2 innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020.

Cody Carroll (Southern Miss, Center Moriches) was assigned to the Baltimore Orioles and will participate in MLB spring training also. The 6-5 RHP made three relief appearances for the O’s in 2020.

Trivino contends for Oakland closer's role
February 14, 2021
Lou Trivino, Former Quakertown Blazer now pitches in the Oakland Athletics system Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers) has made 150 relief appearances for the Oakland A’s over the past three years and is now a top candidate for the closer role since All-Star reliever Liam Hendriks departed via free agency to the Chicago White Sox.

LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) has been invited to the Toronto Blue Jays training camp after recovering from major arm surgery including Tommy-John surgery. In 2019 Mayza topped the Blue Jays in relief appearances with 68 while posting 18 holds prior to his injury in September 2019.

Kyle McGowin (Savannah St. Sag Harbor) Washington Nationals, Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead) Los Angeles Angels, and Justin Topa (Long Island, Southampton) Milwaukee Brewers also report to spring training to prepare for their relief roles in 2021.

Veteran shortstop Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) returns to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) and catcher Seby Zavala (San Diego St. Riverhead) are on the 40 man rosters of the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox respectively.

Former ACBL players who are non-roster invitees to MLB spring training include catcher Nick Dini (Wagner, Center Moriches) with the Kansas City Royals, catcher P.J. Higgins (ODU, Lehigh Valley Catz) with the Chicago Cubs, RHP Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor) with the Boston Red Sox and 1B Frank Schwindel (St. John’s, Riverhead) with the Oakland A’s.




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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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