2009 Diamond Notes

Draft Report Cards
October 25, 2009
Several former ACBL players were mentioned in Baseball America's annual organizational report cards. Eric Smith (Robins, Diamondbacks-2) and Ryan Buch (Blazers, White Sox-8) were listed in the Best Fastball category. Smith gets heavy sink on his 90-92 mph fastball and posted a 2.0 groundout/airout ratio in his pro debut. Buch touched 97 with his fastball in the instructional league and his hard curve was the Best Secondary Pitch among White Sox draftees. Nick Santomauro (Pilots, Mets-10) was named Best Power Hitter on the Mets report as he led Brooklyn with six home runs. Vin DiFazio (Blazers,Rangers-12) was noted to have the Best Pro Debut as he hit .278/.417/.526 between Spokane and Hickory with twelve home runs. Greg Folgia (Blazers, Indians-40) was Best Athlete in Indians draft with all-around tools including a plus arm.

Moving Up Quickly
October 14, 2009
Two former ACBL players, A.J. Battisto (Blazers, Georgia Southern) and Mike Gosse (Robins, Oklahoma), made the jump from A level pro ball to the AAA level this summer. Battisto, a 30th round selection of the Marlins in 2007, started the season at Jupiter (High A) where he logged a 4-3 record with five saves. He also posted a 42-9 strikeout/walk ratio with a WHIP of 0.99. The righthander was promoted to Jacksonville(AA) and finished the season at New Orleans (AAA) where he made five appearances with a 3.24 ERA. Gosse, a 23rd round pick of the Tigers in 2008, hit .263 at West Michigan (Low A) and .243 at Lakeland (High A) before making the jump to Toledo (AAA). The 5-7, 165 lb.second baseman had 16 at bats for the Mud Hens and batted .313 with a home run and three RBI.

First season update
October 3, 2009
Several former ACBL players had successful starts to their pro careers in 2009. Eric Smith (Robins, Rhode Island) was the highest ACBL draft pick at second round for the Diamondbacks. Smith started seven games for Missoula and was promoted to South Bend where he posted a 2.76 ERA in three starts. Darin Gorski (Blazers, Rockies, Kutztown), a seventh round pick of the Mets, logged a 3-4 record and 4.91 ERA for Brooklyn while eighth rounder Ryan Buch (Blazers, Monmouth) went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA for Great Falls (White Sox, Rookie). Catcher Vin DiFazio (Blazers, Alabama) made the Northwest League All-Star team for Spokane and was promoted to Hickory (Rangers, LoA). DiFazio hit .277 with 19 doubles, 12 home runs, 46 RBI and a .524 slugging average. Greg Folgia (Blazers, Missouri) topped Mahoning Valley(Indians, SS) with 17 doubles and 36 RBI while hitting .272. Mark Angelo (Blazers, East Stroudsburg) hit .272 for the Mariners in the Arizona League. Pete Kennelly (Robins, Fordham) posted a 3-1 record with a 2.01 ERA for Elizabethton (Twins, Rookie) while David Erickson (Robins, UConn) earned eight saves for Eugene (Padres, SS). David Wendt (Robins, Dowling) hit .298 for Princeton (Tampa Bay, Rookie). Chris Morrison (Catz, Wagner) went 3-4 with a 3.44 ERA for Vermont (Nationals, SS) and Nick Zaleski (Catz, Sam Houston St.) hit .279 for the GCL Blue Jays. Keith Cantwell (Pilots, Seton Hall) was 4-0 with a 4.11 ERA for Missoula (Diamondbacks, SS) while Chris Affinito (Pilots, Seton Hall) hit .308 with five home run and 37 RBI for the A's in the Arizona League. Over 30 former ACBL players started careers with MLB affiliated clubs; thus some players may have not been listed above.

Perfect Game Releases Top 25 ACBL Prospects
September 18, 2009
COMPILED BY ALLAN SIMPSON In Association with League Managers and Scouts The Atlantic Collegiate League underwent one of the biggest makeovers in its 43-year history in 2009, expanding its ranks from eight to 12 clubs and undergoing a complete makeover in its Kaiser Division lineup—effectively, adding the teams based on New York’s Long Island that were part of the old Hamptons Collegiate League. The new kids on the block did a number on the old guard this summer. Not only did the Kaiser Division whip the more established Wolff Division 11-0 in the all-star game between the two divisions, but the upstart Westhampton Aviators, in their first year of existence, beat the Jersey Pilots in a one-game playoff for the league title, overcoming three consecutive Jersey home runs in the first inning. Kaiser Division clubs also monopolized a list of the league’s best professional prospects, securing eight of the top 10 spots on the accompanying list of 25. Oddly, the No. 1-ranked prospect, Westhampton shortstop/righthander Nick Ahmed (Connecticut), was somewhat of an unexpected choice for the top spot as he played only a minor role in his team’s success, but his upside, particularly as a pitching prospect, was considered the highest in the league. Ahmed withstood a challenge from two obvious Riverhead players: righthander Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook), who won the equivalent of a pitching triple crown by leading the league in wins (7), ERA (1.61) and strikeouts (77, in 50 innings), and was selected the league’s pitcher of the year; and outfielder/first baseman Pete Greskoff (Brown), who was tops in home runs (10) and RBIs (37), and second in batting average (.397). FAST FACTS Year League Established: 1967. States Represented in League: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania. Level of Competition (1-to-4 Scale, 1 being highest): 3. No. of Teams in League: 12. Regular-Season Champion (best overall record): Jersey Pilots. Post-Season Champion: Westhampton Aviators. Teams, PG Crosschecker Summer 25/Final Ranking: No. 25, Westhampton Aviators. No. 1 Prospect, 2008 (per PG Crosschecker): Darin Gorski, lhp, Kutztown Rockies (Kutztown, Pa.; Mets/7th round). First 2008 Player Selected, 2009 Draft: Darin Gorski, lhp, Kutztown Rockies (Kutztown, Pa.; Mets/7th round). Co-Most Valuable Players: Pete Greskoff, of-1b, Riverhead Tomcats; Ken Gregory, of, Jersey Pilots. Most Outstanding Pitcher: Nick Tropeano, rhp, Riverhead Tomcats. Top Prospect (as selected by league): Nick Tropeano, rhp, Riverhead Tomcats. BATTING LEADERS Batting Average: Ken Gregory, of, Jersey Pilots (.404). Slugging Percentage: Pete Greskoff, 1b-of, Riverhead Tomcats (.760). On-Base Average: Pete Greskoff, 1b-of, Riverhead Tomcats (.510). Home Runs: Pete Greskoff, 1b-of, Riverhead Tomcats (10). RBIs: Pete Greskoff, 1b-of, Riverhead Tomcats (37). Stolen Bases: Cass Hargis, of, Riverhead Tomcats (20). PITCHING LEADERS Wins: Nick Tropeano, rhp, Riverhead Tomcats (7). ERA: Nick Tropeano, rhp, Riverhead Tomcats (1.61). Saves: Corey Crispell, rhp, Quakertown Blazers (6). Strikeouts: Nick Tropeano, rhp, Riverhead Tomcats (77).. BEST TOOLS Best Athlete: Nick Ahmed, rhp-ss, Westhampton Aviators. Best Hitter: Pete Greskoff, 1b-of, Riverhead Tomcats. Best Power: Pete Greskoff, 1b-of, Riverhead Tomcats. Fastest Base Runner: Jordan Payne, of, Lehigh Valley Catz. Best Defensive Player: Nick Ahmed, rhp-ss, Westhampton Aviators. Best Velocity: Nick Ahmed, rhp-ss, Westhampton Aviators. Best Breaking Ball: Mike Tropeano, rhp, Riverhead Tomcats. Best Command: Casey Lawrence, rhp, Kutztown Rockies. Click here for the top 25 ACBL prospects

2009 ACBL Awards
September 9, 2009
The 2009 ACBL awards this season was a clean sweep for the Jersey Pilots and the Riverhead Tomcats. The 5 postseason awards were split between these two teams. Ken Gregory (Pilots) and Peter Greskoff (Tomcats) will share the 2009 Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award. Nick Tropeano (Tomcats) captured the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award. The Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award was awarded to Aidan Lucas (Pilots). Ken Gregory (Pilots) capped a great season by also collecting the Hitting Award. The Slugging Award was taken home by Peter Greskoff (Tomcats), this was also his 2nd award. The complete award listing in below. Ken Gregory (Pilots, Kean) - Co-winner, Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award Peter Greskoff (Tomcats, Brown) - Co-winner, Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award Nick Tropeano (Tomcats, Stony Brook) - Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award Aidan Lucas (Pilots, Denison) - Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award Ken Gregory (Pilots, Kean) - Hitting Award Peter Greskoff (Tomcats, Brown) - Slugging Award Jeff Gallagher Team Sportsmanship Award Frank Hager (Cornell) - Jersey Pilots Justin Schwecke (Bethany Lutheran) - Kutztown Rockies Junnior Dishmey (Tarleton State) - Lehigh Valley Catz T.J. Greig (Molloy) - Long Island Mustangs T.J. Pilla (Hawaii-Hilo) - Northern New Jersey Mike Gastelum (St. Mary's) - North Fork Ospreys Michael Imbriale (Savannah College) - Peekskill Robins Jeff Flax (LaSalle) - Quakertown Blazers Kyle Schultz (Butler) - Riverhead Tomcats Kyle Crean (Albany) - Sag Harbor Whalers Nick Melchiorre (FDU) - Southampton Breakers Alex Aycoth (Campbell) - Westhampton Aviators Team Awards North Fork Ospreys - Kaiser Division Regular Season Champion Jersey Pilots - Wolff Division Regular Season Champions Westhampton Aviators - ACBL Championship

Former Blazer named Pitcher of the Year in California League
September 8, 2009
Former ACBL All-Star LHP Craig Clark (Blazers) was named California League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 16-2 record with a 2.86 ERA. Clark had not suffered a loss since May 7 and was a perfect 15-0 in his last 20 starts. The former Penn State star struck out 135 with only 36 base on balls in 147.2 innings for the playoff bound San Jose Giants. Other former Blazer pitchers with outstanding seasons include A.J. Battisto (Georgia Southern) who started the season at Jupiter (Marlins, High A) and finished at AAA New Orleans where he posted a 3.24 ERA in five appearances. Craig Muschko (LaSalle) allowed two or fewer runs in nine of his last ten starts for Daytona (Cubs, High A) and recorded a 7-3 log with a 3.40 ERA after going from bullpen to starter. Pete Andrelczyk (Coastal Carolina) topped Greensboro (Marlins, Low A) with 19 saves prior to his promotion to Jupiter. LHP Frank Gailey (West Chester) featured a 1.93 ERA in 44 appearances for Lansing (Blue Jays, Low A) with a 3-2 record and ten holds.

Mariners win Arizona League
September 1, 2009
Mark Angelo (Quakertown Blazers, Seattle Mariners) delivered a key double and scored the winning run as the Mariners defeated the Giants 3-2 to win the Arizona League Championship. The key defensive play took place in the bottom of the seventh when the Mariners turned the fly ball of Jonathan White (Lehigh Valley Catz, San Francisco Giants) into a 7-1-5 double play. Chris Affinito (Jersey Pilots, A's) was among the league offensive leaders with a .308 average including four home runs and 37 RBI.

Reid Gorecki gets MLB call
August 18, 2009
Former ACBL All-Star Reid Gorecki has been called up by the Atlanta Braves to replace Nate McLouth who has been placed on the 15 day Disabled List. Gorecki hit .317 for the Nassau Collegians in 2000 and was a 13th round pick of the Cardinals out of the University of Delaware in the 2002 MLB Draft. Gorecki was hitting .286 with nine home runs and 49 RBI for the AAA Gwinnett Braves prior to returning to the New York area for a three game series against the Mets. Former ACBL All-Stars Bobby Brownlie (NJ Colts) and John Halama (Brooklyn Clippers) are currently pitching for the Gwinnett Braves.

Aviators top Pilots for 2009 ACBL crown
August 8, 2009
Westhampton Aviators - 2009 ACBL ChampsWesthampton - The smiles on their faces - the players, the fans, whoever was wearing red at Hite Field on Friday - said it all. This one meant a lot. In the inaugural season of the Westhampton Aviators, they'd finally scaled the peak they'd first set out to climb two months ago, bringing the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League championship to the East End with a 7-5 victory over Wolff Division champion Jersey Pilots. Westhampton was dealt a three-run deficit about as soon as the National Anthem was over. However, the Aviators clawed their way back with the long ball and a little mischief on the basepaths, ultimately using a four-run fourth inning to go ahead for good. Jersey's Park Smith, Marcos Torres and Ken Gregory socked back-to-back-to-back home runs in the top of the first inning to silence the buzz on the Westhampton side. Aviators starter Peter Budkevics put another runner in scoring position in that inning but escaped further damage with consecutive strikeouts to end the inning. Westhampton's bats immediately went to work, with Andrew Siano (Hartford) working a lead-off walk and Iona's Chris Griffin mashing a split-finger fastball deep to left-center for a two-run homer. Then came the four-run fourth. Siano's chopper in front of the plate stayed afloat long enough to bring in Mike Mandarino (Camden County) and then Nick Ahmed (Connecticut) stroked a single to left to tie the game at 4. Westhampton's top two base stealers went in motion shortly after. Ahmed stole second easily but Torres' throw sailed into center field. To make matters worse, center fielder Bill Rice allowed the errant throw to squirt by him, allowing Ahmed to score all the way from first to give Westhampton a 6-4 edge. "I think that was the turning point right there - to go from down two to up two," Manager Dave Walker said. "Nick's been doing that all year. When he gets on base, he's usually on third in a matter of three or four pitches." Westhampton continued to attack in the fifth as Joe Vaskas (Concordia) came around to score on a single by Gerard Tingos (Long Island U.). The Aviators were held scoreless the rest of the way, but relief work by Ray Courtney (Fairleigh Dickinson) and Alex Pracher (Stanford) sealed the win. Courtney registered the victory by holding Jersey to one run over three-plus innings. Pracher took the ball for the final 2 1/3 innings, getting Gregory, the ACBL's leading hitter, to fly out to end the seventh, and then retiring the next six batters as well to earn the save. The final four outs came by way of the strikeout, including a swinging strike to Mickey Zudonyi on a Pracher slider that sent the Westhampton dugout barreling onto the field. Article courtesy of HamptonsBaseball.org

Pilots to face Aviators in 2009 Championship
August 7, 2009
2009 ACBL Championship - Pilots and AviatorsThe 2009 ACBL Championship Game matchup is now set. It will be the Wolff Division champion Jersey Pilots traveling to Westhampton Beach, NY, Friday, August 7th to meet the Kaiser Division champion Westhampton Aviators.

First pitch at Hite Field will be at 5pm.
The game will be broadcast live over the internet by Carmine Vetrano. Click the TeamLine logo to listen

Pilots get past Catz 6-5 in 11 innings
Jersey will play Westhampton in Championship game
August 6, 2009
Steve Sanguiliano's two run double in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Jersey Pilots past the Lehigh Valley Catz 6-5 and into tomorrows ACBL Championship game. The ACBL Championship Game is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, August 7, at the Westhampton Aviators home field, Hite Field. First pitch is 5pm. This game will be broadcast for free over the internet. See the top of the page for more details.

Pilots and Catz series even
Wolff title on the line today at 3:30pm
August 5, 2009
Junior Dishmey's two RBI proved to be the deciding factor for the Catz in the rain-shortened Game 2 in the best-of-three Wolff Division playoff series. Mike Rossetti (LV) outpitched Jack Rice (Jer) for 7 innings before the game was called with Lehigh Valley on top of Jersey 3-1. With the series tied 1-1, the Pilots will host the 3rd and deciding game today at Torpey Field. Game time is 3:30pm. The winner of this game will earn a spot in the ACBL Championship game tomorrow in the Hamptons against the Kaiser Division champion Westhampton Aviators. The ACBL Championship Game is scheduled for Friday, August 7, at the Westhampton Aviators home field, Hite Field. First pitch is 5pm.

Pilots rally past Lehigh Valley 7-6
August 4, 2009
Ken Gregory tripled and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night as the Jersey Pilots took the series opener, 7-6, over the Lehigh Valley Catz in the Wolff Division best-of-3 playoff at Torpey Field. The series will shift to Easton, PA today as the Catz will host games 2 and 3, at Hackett's Park. Game 2 will begin at 4pm. Game 3, if necessary will be played approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game 2. The ACBL Championship Game is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at the Westhampton Aviators home field, Hite Field. First pitch is 5pm.

Kaiser series to be decided tonight
Wolff playoffs to begin tonight
August 3, 2009
The Kaiser division winner will be decided this evening. North Fork and Westhampton split the first two games of the series yesterday. North Fork taking the opener 7-6 and Westhampton winning the nightcap 9-2 to force game 3 of the series. The 3rd and deciding game of the series will be played at Hite Field, tonight beginning at 5pm. This game will be broadcast via the internet on teamline. Click the Teamline logo to listen.
The Wolff division single elimination playoff games will be played tonight. The Quakertown Blazers (17-19) will travel to the division champ, Jersey Pilots (26-11) for a 3:00pm contest to be played at Torpey Field. The Lehigh Valley Catz (19-18) will face off against the #2 seed Kutztown Rockies (22-16) at Kutztown Park. Game time is 7pm. The ACBL Championship Game is tenatively scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at Kaiser Division champion's field, 5pm

Aviators capture Kaiser crown
Pilots and Catz to square off for Wolff title
August 3, 2009
The Westhampton Aviators captured the Kaiser Division crown with a 7-1 victory over the North Fork Ospreys. Mike Mandarino struck out 9 and the Aviators score 4 runs in the eighth to put the game and series out of reach. Westhampton has earned a birth in the 2009 ACBL Championship game and now awaits the winner of the Wolff division best of 3 series that begins this evening to determine their opponent.
The Wolff Division Championship schedule is set and will begin today. The Lehigh Valley Catz (20-18) will travel to the division champ, Jersey Pilots (27-11) tonight to open the best of 3 seies beginning at 6:30pm. The game will be played at Torpey Field. The series will shift to Easton, PA tomorrow, as the Catz will host games 2 and 3, at Hackett's Park. Game 2 will begin at 4pm. Game 3, if necessary will be played approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game 2.

Weather postpones Wolff Playoffs
Kaiser games still on
August 2, 2009
Bad weather, the most prominent factor in the 2009 ACBL season has wiped out all Wolff Division playoff games today. Todays slate of games will be rescheduled for tomorrow. Check back later in the day as field availability and game times may be affected. The Wolff division playoff schedule is set and will begin tomorrow. The Quakertown Blazers (17-19) will travel to the division champ, Jersey Pilots (26-11) for a 3:00pm contest to be played at Torpey Field. The Lehigh Valley Catz (19-18) will face off against the #2 seed Kutztown Rockies (22-16) at Kutztown Park. Game time is tomorow evening August 3rd at 7pm. The Kaiser division finals best of three series will begin today. The Westhampton Aviators (25-16) travel to Cochran Park to play the division champion North Fork Ospreys (26-15). Game 1 will begin at 4pm, followed by game 2 of the series at 7pm. Game 3 of the series, if necessary will be played at Hite Field on Monday August 3rd beginning at 5pm. The ACBL Championship Game is tenatively scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at Kaiser Division champion's field, 5pm

Kaiser playoff schedule set
Wolff regular season ends today
August 1, 2009
The Kaiser division playoff schedule is set and will begin today. Because of the rain last evening the Wollf division is still in flux. Quakertown visits Lehigh Valley tonight at Lafayette College beginning at 5pm. The winner will take the #3 seed and face off against the #2 seed Kutztown Rockies. The loser will travel to the division champ, Jersey Pilots. The Kaiser semifinals will be played today. All semifinal games are single elimination contests, with the winners moving on to a best of 3 series.For field directions click the filed name below. The #4 Riverhead Tomcats travel to Cochran Park to play the division champion North Fork Ospreys. Gametime is 7pm. This game will be broadcast via the internet on teamline. Click the Teamline logo to listen. The #3 seeded Southampton Breakers visit the #2 seed Westhampton Aviators tonight for a 5pm tilt to be played at Hite Field. The ACBL Championship Game is tenatively scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at Kaiser Division champion's field, 5pm

Tenative playoff schedule released
July 30, 2009
As of today this is the way the post season shapes up for the 2009 ACBL Playoffs. The teams, times and date are subject to change as the final week of play continues this week. Wolff Semifinals (Single Game) Sunday, August 2 #4 seed at Jersey Pilots, 6:30pm #3 seed at Kutztown Rockies, 12pm Wolff Finals (Best of Three) Game 1: TBA Game 2: TBA Game 3: TBA Kaiser Semifinals (Single Game) Saturday, August 1 Riverhead Tomcats at North Fork Ospreys, 7pm, Cochran Park Southampton Breakers at Westhampton Aviators 5pm, Hite Field Kaiser Finals (Best of Three) Game 1: Sunday, August 2, at higher seed, 2pm Game 2: Sunday, August 2, at higher seed, 5pm Game 3: Monday, August 3, at lower seed, 5pm ACBL Championship Game Thursday, August 6, at Kaiser Division champion's field, 5pm

Kaiser All-Stars romp 11-0
July 14, 2009
Ed Squeri, Tony Lepore, Brandon Boykin, and Cass Hargis all banged out 2 hits apiece to lead the Kaiser Division to an 11-0 victory over the Wolff Division last evening.

Kaiser All-Stars.... 120 050 210 - 11 15 1
Wolff All-Stars...... 000 000 000 -0 4 1

E - Kubitza; R. Smith. LOB - Kaiser 10; Wolff 5. 2B - Squeri; Barnathan;
Gregory; Oriente. HR - Boykin; Rago. SF - Greskoff. SB - Lepore; Hargis 2.
CS - Lepore 2; Tingos. Click here for the complete box score

Drew Sutton, former Catz player a MLB Player
Reds promote Sutton from Minors
July 2, 2009

Drew Sutton, pictured on the left, becomes the very 1st Lehigh Valley Catz player to be promoted to the Major Leagues. Sutton, now with the Cincinnati Reds, got the exciting news yesterday that he was placed on their 25 man roster. Drew, who played shortstop for the Catz in 2002 and 2003, will be with the Reds next week when they visit the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Below is the article by Mark Sheldon on the MLB.com.
Reds promote Sutton from Minors By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com CINCINNATI -- During a six-hour bus ride home with Triple-A Louisville following Tuesday afternoon's game at Gwinnett County in Georgia, all infielder Drew Sutton wanted to do was get some shut-eye. That became all but impossible once Sutton got some unexpected news. He learned he was going to the Major Leagues for the first time when the Reds called him up. "They told me when we got off the bus at 1 a.m., so I didn't get a lot of sleep last night trying to let everybody know and get some people up here," Sutton said. "Usually, they do it before the game or right after the game." To make room for Sutton on the 25-man roster, the Reds optioned reliever Jared Burton to Louisville. Sutton, who turned 26 on Tuesday, was needed to bolster an injury-riddled infield that is currently without shortstop Alex Gonzalez (right elbow) and third baseman Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist). Adam Rosales was back to Louisville on Saturday after he struggled offensively. A switch-hitter with some speed, Sutton was the player to be named later that came over in the March 31 trade that sent infielder Jeff Keppinger to the Astros. Anything that can quicken the route to the big leagues is welcomed by any player, and that's how Sutton viewed the trade. "When I left big league camp [at Spring Training], the Astros told me they just wanted me to play second base," Sutton said. "When I talked to [Reds GM] Walt [Jocketty] after being traded over here, he said they wanted to move me around -- shortstop, second, third, first and maybe some outfield. I thought that was a lot better of an opportunity to be more versatile, and it gives me more opportunities to play." Sutton was batting .254 with five home runs and 19 RBIs with Louisville. He played 13 games at shortstop, 10 at second base, 10 at third base and six at first base. "I talked to [Astros first-base coach] Jose Cruz and Coop [Astros manager Cecil Cooper] and guys over there in Houston," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They liked what they had in him. I'm going to take a couple of days and have [infield coach] Chris [Speier] look at him at different positions and [first-base coach] Billy Hatcher to work with him in both corners of the outfield, and we'll see. It's his first taste of the big leagues." Sutton's primary position is second base, but he knew better than to expect to get comfortable there. "Dusty said we have a Gold Glover here [Brandon Phillips], so I won't be spending much time at second," Sutton said.

Weekend Washout
June 21, 2009
As of 11:30am this morning, the following games have been postponed: Northern NJ @ Lehigh Valley (DH) Jersey @ Kutztown (DH) Peekskill @ Quakertown (DH) At this tiime all other games are still on.

Weather forces more postponements
June 20, 2009
As of 11am this morning, the following games have been postponed: Lehigh Valley at Peekskill (DH) Quakertown at Northern NJ (DH) Kutztown at Jersey (DH) The Long Island at Southampton DH has been moved up to start at noon instead of the original 2pm start time. At this tiime all other games are still on.

Smith is a second rounder
June 15, 2009
Eric Smith (Robins,Rhode Island) was drafted in the second round by the Arizona Diamondbacks and was the 60th selection overall. Smith was an ACBL All-Star in 2007 and posted a 3.32 ERA in 43 innings for the Robins.He was named the 7th top prospect in the ACBL by Baseball America in 2007. Smith is the highest ACBL draft selection since Craig Hansen was selected in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.

27 to the majors is impressive
June 14, 2009
Keith Groller of The Morning Call It may hurt some teams in the short term, but having 27 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League players, past or present, drafted by Major League Baseball organizations this past week ''is a big positive'' for the league, said ACBL president Tom Bonekemper. ''That's what we want to do more than anything, develop players,'' Bonekemper said. ''This is a good number for us. The most we've ever had was 32 five years ago. And there's good quality in the 27 that were taken. ''We had a seventh-rounder with Darrin Gorski going to the Mets, an eighth-rounder in Ryan Buch [White Sox] and Chris Sedon went in the 10th to the Tigers. Sedon was our MVP last year.'' But besides being happy about the 27 total, Bonekemper said the three Lehigh Valley area teams -- the Quakertown Blazers, Lehigh Valley Catz and Kutztown Rockies -- should feel especially good because they combined for 14 of the prospects, although Gorski counts twice because he played for the Blazers in 2007 and Kutztown last year. Bonekemper is especially happy for former Catz player Tim Morris, who went in the 11th round to the Mariners. ''Tim should have made the all-star team last year, but didn't,'' Bonekemper said. ''He didn't sulk. He kept a good attitude about it. He said he just had to get better and he did with a terrific second half.'' Bonekemper said that with 24 summer collegiate leagues spread throughout the country, the 27 players taken showed the ACBL still is a place for the scouts to come. Speaking of scouts, Bonekemper, who has been involved with the ACBL since helping out Lee Butz with the Allentown Wings in the late 1970s, received a ''Service to Baseball'' award from the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association. He was honored at a reception late last year at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md.

Quakertown - Kutztown Postponed
June 11, 2009
The Rockies at Blazers game for this evening has been postponed because of wet grounds. The game will be made up on Friday July 17 at 7pm at Memorial Park in Quakertown.

Rain, Rain, Rain...
More games postponed
June 9, 2009
The Northern New Jersey Eagles trip to Peekskill to face the Robins tonight, has been postponed. In addition to this game, the Southampton at Long Island andRiverhead at Westhampton games have been canceled As of this time the Sag Harbor at North Fork and Lehigh Valley at Quakertown games are still scheduled. Check back often as we will be posting any changes here.

Weather cancels more ACBL games
June 6, 2009
As of right now 2 double headers have been cancelled for today. The Wolff Division double header, that had Quakertown traveling to Northern NJ has been cancelled. In the Kaiser Division, the Long Island at Riverhead double header has been cancelled. Peekskill at Jersey, a DH and a single game between Southampton and Westhampton are still scheduled to be played today. Updates will be posted as soon as possible in regards to the only other scheduled games today.

Todays games have been postponed
June 5, 2009
The Sag Harbor at Westhampton game for today, June 5, has been postponed due to rain. Make-up dates will be announced.

Rain forces Opening Day postponment
June 4, 2009
Tonight's Quakertown Blazers at Jersey Pilots game has been postponed. As of now the 2 games scheduled in the Kaiser Division are stiil on. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Moyer wins 250th
May 31, 2009
Jamie Moyer (Allentown Wings) gained his 250th career win on Sunday when he allowed only one run in six innings in a 4-2 win over the Nationals. He became the 46th Major Leaguer and only the the 11th lefthander to join the exclusive 250 win club. Moyer is now one game shy of Hall of Famer Bob Gibson (251) for 45th all-time in career wins. John Lannan (Long Island Collegians) suffered the loss after allowing three runs in five innings with seven strikeouts. Jason Bergmann (Jersey Pilots) pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Nationals.

More Honors for Sedon and Morris
May 29, 2009
Chris Sedon (Rockies, Pittsburgh), the 2008 ACBL MVP, was named to the Louisville Slugger TPX All-America First Team as chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. The junior second baseman set Pitt single-season records for home runs (22), total bases (160) and runs scored (65) and placed among the top five in slugging percentage (.796) and RBI (62). He also recorded 19 stolen bases. Tim Morris (Catz, St. John's) was tabbed as a Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American after hitting .415 with 12 home runs, 17 doubles and 62 RBI. The junior first baseman set a new school record for runs scored and now ranks second all-time in the career record books with a .370 average. Baseball America ranked Morris and Sedon number four and six respectively on their 2008 ACBL Prospect List. Both players were selected to the All Big-East First Team also.

Folgia on Big-12 First Team
May 21, 2009
Greg Folgia (Blazers, Missouri) was selected to the All-Big 12 Conference Baseball Team as a first team outfielder. Folgia has a team-leading .340 average with 12 home runs and 64 RBI. The junior outfielder added two more RBIs last night as Mizzou defeated # 19 Texas A&M; 5-2 in the Tigers' opening game of the Big 12 Championship Tournament.

Four ACBL players on Big-East First Team
May 20, 2009
Four former ACBL players have been named to the All-Big East First Team. Junior 1B Tim Morris (Catz, St. John's) and junior 2B Chris Sedon (Rockies, Pittsburgh) posted outstanding offensive numbers. Morris hit .408 with eleven home runs and 59 RBI while Sedon batted .404 with twenty home runs and 58 RBI. Sedon also posted a .788 slugging average and also stole 19 bases. Seniors Keith Cantwell (Pilots, Seton Hall) and Chris Affinito (Pilots, Seton Hall) were also first teamers as pitcher and DH respectively. Cantwell posted a 6-3 log with a 3.48 ERA in 93 innings while Affinito hit .324 with nine home runs and 50 RBI.

Folgia, Player of the Week in Big 12
May 12, 2009
Greg Folgia (Blazers, Missouri) was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. The junior outfielder posted a .500 average with four home runs and 10 RBI in the Tigers' four games last week. Folgia hit .545 with three home runs and nine RBI as Mizzou took the three game series from 19th ranked Kansas. The switch-hitting Folgia tops the Tigers in average (.342), runs (51), hits (66), doubles (15), home runs (12), RBI (61) and slugging percentage (.638) and was selected as number two prospect in the ACBL last year by Baseball America.

Academic Honors
May 11, 2009
Six players from the 2008 ACBL season were named to the 2009 Academic All-District Baseball First Teams. Chris Conti (Catz,Muhlenberg), Blake Cover (Robins,Neb-Kearney), Ethan Guevin (Catz, Carleton), Matt Maher (Robins,FDU), Tim Morris (Catz, St. John's) and Brock Whiteman (Robins, Muskingum) excelled in the classroom in addition to the playing field. These players now become elgible for selection to the Academic All-America Team.

ACBL players dominate PSAC Awards
April 28, 2009
Mark Angelo (Blazers, East Stroudsburg) earned his second PSAC Player of the Week award after hitting .750 (9-for-12) with five home runs and nine RBI in a four game series with Mansfield. The post grad also drew two walks,was hit by a pitch and hit two sac flys. On the season he hit .421 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI. Mike Bortz (Blazers), Jeremy Gigliotti (Blazers) and Kevin Thompson (Blazers) also won PSAC weekly awards during the season. Bortz hit .346 while Thompson batted .401 with 12 home runs. Gigliotti posted a 5-2 record with a 2.55 ERA and struck out 68 in 50 innings. Matt Cotollese (Rockies, West Chester) also won two Player of the Week awards and is hitting .449 with 56 RBI. Bob Stumpo (Rockies,West Chester) is hitting .336 for the Rams and was a Player of the Week also. Four pitchers on 2009 ACBL rosters also earned Pitcher of the Week awards. Grant Kernaghan (Catz,Bloomsburg) was selected twice while Tom Admire (Blazers, East Stroudsburg), Colby Betz (Catz,IUP) and Mike Bucklin (Rockies,Kutztown) won weekly awards.

Pinto is hit leader
April 27, 2009
Stephen Pinto (Robins, Manhattanville) is now Manhattanville's All-Time Hit Leader with 205 hits after going 2-for-4 in a recent game with FDU-Florham. The senior outfielder also became the program's all-time leader in total bases with 266. The Valiants won the Middle Atlantic Freedom Conference regular-season championship and have earned top seed in next week's Freedom Conference Tournament.

Quakertowns Folgia named Player of Week in Big 12
April 20, 2009
Junior Greg Folgia (Blazers) was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week after hitting .429 (9-for-21) with 10 RBIs in five games last week for the Tigers. Folgia homered twice and collected five RBIs in the 11-6 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. The leftfielder/first baseman posted a .762 slugging percentage for the week and won the ACBL Slugging Award in 2008 and was also named number two prospect in the league by Baseball America. Folgia is currently hitting .331 and tops Mizzou in runs (35), hits (48), triples (3), home runs (7), RBIs (42) and slugging percentage (.586). Folgia has also been used as a pitcher in relief.

Martinez gets win in MLB debut
April 8, 2009
Former Jersey Pilot RHP Joe Martinez was the winning pitcher in his MLB debut as the Giants defeated the Brewers 10-8. Martinez relieved Tim Lincecum and yielded a pair of fourth-inning runs, but recovered by throwing a scoreless fifth inning to earn the decision. Last year Martinez went 10-10 for the AA Connecticut Defenders with a 2.49 ERA in 148 innings with 27 starts and now will be utilized in middle relief by the Giants.

Players of the Week
March 31, 2009
ACBL players continue to impress in the Big East as Joe DiRocco (Catz, Seton Hall) was named Big East Pitcher of the Week after earning a complete game shutout victory over Louisville. The sophomore righthander scattered six singles in the Pirates' 6-0 win in game three of the series. DiRocco is now 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 42.2 innings. Chris Sedon (Rockies, Pitt) was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after hitting .412 (7-for-17) with a 1.118 slugging average for the week. The junior infielder had three doubles and three home runs with 12 RBIs. He also stole four bases and is now 15 for 16 on the season. He is currently hitting .446 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs.

ACBL players get recognized
March 24, 2009
Tim Morris (Catz, St. John's) was named Big East Player of the Week as he helped the Redmen get off to a 3-0 start in Big East play. Morris, who was Baseball America's number 4 Prospect in the ACBL, hit .600 (12-for-20) with four doubles, a home run and eight RBIs in five games last week and is currently hitting .473 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. Sean Allaire (Robins, Central Ct. St.) claimed the Academa NEC Player of the Week award after posting a .727 on-base percentage and smashing seven hits in 10 at-bats as CCSU defeated Illinois and Indiana.

ACBL scouts
February 28, 2009
Several former ACBL players are now scouting in preparation for the June MLB Draft. Dana Brown (Nationals), Chris Buckley (Reds) and Tom McNamara (Mariners) are Directors of Amateur Scouting. Sal Agostinelli is the International Supervisor for the Phillies while Pat Kelly scouts the Pacific Rim for the Mariners. Closer to home Marteese Robinson is the East Crosschecker for the Nationals and John Green will be the Dodgers East Coast Supervisor. Area scouts include Kevin Barry (Braves), Keith Connolly (Orioles), Alex Smith (Nationals) and John Wilson (Twins). Buddy Hernandez has been named a scout for the Braves and will be based in Orlando. Joe Rigoli (Cardinals) and Phil Rossi (Marlins) continue to serve as pro scouts.

ACBL expansion on tap for 2009
January 27, 2009
The 2009 ACBL season will feature major expansions and significant realignments of divisions. The Peekskill Robins move to the Wolff Division to join the Jersey Pilots, Kutztown Rockies, Lehigh Valley Catz and Quakertown Blazers. The Northern New Jersey Eagles will be the sixth team in the Wolff Division. Doug Cinnella, former ACBL All-Star with nine years of pro ball experience, will be the general manager of this new franchise. The Hamptons area will be represented by four expansion franchises plus the Sag Harbor Whalers in the Kaiser Division. The new franchises are the North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats, Southampton Breakers and Westhampton Aviators. The Long Island Mustangs return as the sixth team in the Kaiser Division. Dan Gallagher, former Fordham head coach, currently serves as Director of Baseball Operations for the Hamptons and will also manage the Aviators. The revised format will feature intradivisional play with the divisions meeting for the All-Star game at St. John's University on Monday evening July 13 at 7pm. The division winner will host the league championship game in August.

Several former ACBL players get pre-season honors
January 9, 2009
Several former ACBL players were selected for pre-season honors in the recent edition of Collegiate Baseball. Nate Lape (Stars, Marshall) was selected to the Louisville Slugger TPX 2009 NCAA Division 1 All-American Second Team while Zach Calhoon (Catz, Texas-San Antonio) was placed on the Third Team. Outfielder Lape hit .388 last year with 17 home runs and is Projected Player of the Year in the Conference USA. Closer Calhoon is Projected Pitcher of the Year in the Southland Conference after posting 13 saves with a 4-1 record and 1.54 ERA in 2008. Ryan Proudfoot (Catz, Texas-San Antonio) and Nick Zaleski (Catz, Sam Houston St.) were listed as top players to watch in the Southland Conference. Former ACBL players also gathered top honors in the Ivy League and Northeast Conference. Pitcher Todd Roth (Catz,Penn) and outfielder Nick Santomauro (Pilots, Dartmouth) were projected as Pitcher and Player of the Year respectively in the Ivy League. Ryan Buch (Blazers, Monmouth) and first baseman Vin Avella (Catz, Wagner) earned similar honors in the Northeast Conference. In D-2 Eric Carmichael (Rockies, West Chester), Matt Cotellese (Rockies, West Chester), Darin Gorski (Rockies, Kutztown) and Chad Lightcap (Blazers, Kutztown) were selected to the Pre-Season All American Team in the Atlantic Region. Bobby Kay (Robins, C.W. Post), Mike Adams (Robins, Franklin Pierce), T.J. Greig (Mustangs, Molloy), Rob Casal (Cadets, Caldwell) and Adrec Saxon (Pilots, Caldwell) were listed as East Region Pre-Season All-Americans.

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