Archive | April, 2013

International Players on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospect List – Numbers 51-60

I know we are a month into the season, but that doesn’t change the fact that these guys are still prospects. So we continue our look at the international players on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospect List.

We have looked at the following already:

#61-70 International Players

#71-80 International Players

#81-90 International Players

#91-100 International Players

Now we take a look at #51-60

Gary Sanchez, c, NYY – #57

Gary Sanchez hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is high on the prospect list for the New York Yankees ranking #3 after the 2012 season. The 20-year old catcher has drawn a lot of praise for his defensive abilities behind the plate.

Sanchez has shown some power hitting 18 home runs a year ago splitting time between Low and High-A ball. He has had a good start to the year so far in Single-A Tampa in the Florida State League getting on base at a .356 clip and smashing four home runs in the first 17 games.

Over his career he has thrown out 30% of would be base stealers. Look for him to make the move to Double-A at some point this season, and he could make his MLB debut in 2014 or 2015 if he continues to develop.

Gregory Polanco, of, PIT – #51

Polanco is also out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The  21-year old outfielder had a breakout year in 2012 posting a line of .325/.380/.455 while hitting 16 home runs and stealing 40 bases.

He finished the 2012 season in Low-A ball and was moved up to High-A this season where he is still hitting. So far through 23 games, Polanco is hitting at a .318 clip and has stolen nine bases.

If he continues this pace, he might earn a promotion to Double-A Altoona later in the year. After the 2012 season, Baseball America rated him as the best athlete, best defensive outfielder, and the best hitter for average in the Pittsburgh system.

Coming up tomorrow, players #41-50

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Austria: Vienna Wanderers Kick Off Season with a Pair of Wins

The Austrian Baseball League kicked off this past weekend with a two-game series between the Vienna Wanderers and the Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks.

Game 1 saw a complete game from Wanderers starter Feliz Zimmerle as he led them to a 6-4 win. Zimmerle held off a 9th inning comeback attempt by the Ducks to hold on for the win as the defending champions started the season off on the right foot.

Game 2 was a little more interesting. The Ducks won on the field 5-1, but would wind up losing the game officially 9-0.

The reigning MVP Ryan Kroko helped lead the Ducks to the win along with Wayne Ough. Kroko went seven innings allowing just two runs (one earned) while striking out five. Ough pitched the final two innings to earn the save.

Joseph Wilson took the loss tossing six innings.

However, the Ducks used three foreign players to which the Wanderers filed a protest. A day later, the league awarded the Wanderers the win after upholding their protest.

So, instead of splitting the series like they did on the field, the Wanderers start the season 2-0 while the Diving Ducks start 0-2.

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Spain: San Inazio Bilbao Blasts El Llano BC in a Doubleheader

The Spanish Division de Honor is in full swing already as they are a few weeks away from the halfway point of the season already. CB Barcelona still leads the league, but not far behind them are the Tenerife Marlins.

The weekend series between CB Barcelona and CBS Sant Boi was rained out. All other games took place as CB Vilamoura had the week off.

San Inazio Bilbao 23, El Llano BC 0 (5)

San Inazio Bilboa 10, El Llano BC 0 (8)

San Inazio got the sticks going early and often this weekend as they won by a combined score of 33 to 0 over El Llano.

In Game 1, San Inazio pounded out 25 hits scoring in four of the five innings played while limiting El Llano to just two hits. Jose Vidal Romero (W, 1-2) picked up the win going four innings allowing just one hit.

Every single hitter for San Inazio got at least one hit. Domingo Morillo and Jose Morales both went 5-for-5 in the game. Morillo drove in three runs and scored three, and Morales drove in five runs while scoring twice.

Game 2 wasn’t much better for El Llano as they only picked up a total of four hits in the game.

Juan Jose Lopez (W, 3-1) picked up the win for San Inazio pitching six innings allowing just three hits and striking out eight. Vito Abbattista (L, 0-1) took the loss going 7.1 innings giving up ten runs on 17 hits.

Jose Morales once again led the offense going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and knocking in a pair as well.

In other action:

Leslie Nacar pitched a complete game win for the Tenerife Marlins. Nacar gave up just one run on five hits while striking out 14.

Richard Montiel went a combined 5-for-8, hitting three doubles, and driving in two runs in each of the Marlins games this weekend.

Miguel Vargas pitched a complete game three hitter for the Valencia Astros. He gave up just one run and struck out 13 in the win.

Blake Ochoa homered going 2-for-4 while scoring three runs and driving in two for the Astros in Game 2 of their weekend series with Pamplona.

Spanish Division de Honor Results:

San Inazio Bilbao 23, El Llano BC 0 (5)
San Inazio Bilboa 10, El Llano BC 0 (8)

Baseball Navarra 1, Tenerife Marlins 5
Baseball Navarra 4, Tenerife Marlins 9

Valencia Astros 2, CD Pamplona 1
Valencia Astros 8, CD Pamplona 0

Current Standings:

1. CB Barcelona 6-2
2. Tenerife Marlins PC 7-3
3. CBS Sant Boi 5-3
4. CB Vilamoura 6-4
5. Valencia Astros 4-4
6. San Inazio Bilboa 5-5
7. Baseball Navarra 5-7
8. CD Pamplona 4-6
9. El Llano BC 2-10

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Germany: Bonn Capitals and Solingen Alligators Lead North Division

The Solingen Alligators continued their hot hand this past weekend as the pitching staff tossed a pair of shutouts to help keep pace with the Bonn Capitals in first place. All but one series was a sweep this weekend as we saw a few great pitching performances and a couple great hitting days as well.

HSV Stealers 0, Solingen Alligators 8
HSV Stealers 0, Solingen Alligators 7

In Game 1, Andre Hughes tossed a complete game six-hit shutout for Solingen giving them a 3-0 record on the season. It took Hughes 111 pitches (74 were strikes) to dispose of the Stealers hitters for his second win of the season.

Hughes was aided offensively by Tanner Leighton who went 3-for-4 on the day driving in a pair of runs for the Alligators. Robin Drache doubled and drove in a run going 2-for-5 in the first game of the twin bill.

Iwan Galkin pitched well for HSV going four shutout innings. Brent Buffa came on in relief of Galkin and gave up eight runs over four innings taking the loss.

It was more of the same in Game 2 as Nick Renault struck out 12 and gave up just five hits shutting out the Stealers for a second straight time.

Dominik Wulf (2-for-5) doubled and drove in a run. Florian Gotze (2-for-2) tripled and drove in a run to help the Alligators stay perfect on the year.

In other North Division action:

Bradley Roper-Hubbert homered and went a combined 4-for-8 for the Bonn Capitals. He also drove in four runs in Game 2.

Andrew Jones went 3-for-4, scored three runs, and hit a solo home run for the Berlin Sluggers in Game 1 of their weekend series. His teammate Jeffrey Wolburg drove in five runs going 2-for-5 with a home run in the same game.

Dominic Milo doubled and went 3-for-5 driving in a run for the Dohren Wild Farmers in a win against Berlin. His teammate Joey Zrinzo pitched a complete game shutout while striking out 14 in Game 2 of the series with Berlin.

North Division Scores:

Saturday April 27, 2013:
HSV Stealers 0, Solingen Alligators 8
HSV Stealers 0, Solingen Alligators 7
Bonn Capitals 8, Paderborn Untouchables 3
Bonn Capitals 8, Paderborn Untouchables 1
Berlin Sluggers 9, Dohren Wild Farmers 15
Berlin Sluggers 0, Dohren Wild Farmers 9

Sunday April 28, 2013:
Dortmund Wanderers 5, Cologne Cardinals 7
Dortmund Wanderers 4, Cologne Cardinals 2

North Division Standings:

1. Bonn Capitals 4-0
1. Solingen Alligators 4-0
2. Cologne Cardinals 2-2
2. Dohren Wild Farmres 2-2
2. Paderborn Untouchables 2-2
3. Berlin Sluggers 1-3
3. Dortmund Wanderers 1-3
4. HSV Stealers 0-2

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Germany: Buchbinder Legionaere and Mainz Athletics Lead South Division

The third weekend of the German Baseball League finished up this past Sunday. Several teams stayed perfect on the season as both the Mainz Athletics and the Buchbinder Legionaere improved to 4-0 on the season in the South Division. The Haar Disciples opened up its season with a sweep as well to start off 2-0 on the season.

Mannheim Tornados 5, Buchbinder Legionaere 21

Mannheim Tornados 0, Buchbinder Legionaere 4

Game 1 of the series was closer than the final score indicates. Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning the score was just 9-5, but the Legionaere broke out in the sixth scoring 12 runs in the inning.

Christoph Zirzlmeier had a huge game going 3-for-4 with five RBI including a grand slam home run. Christopher Howard (2-for-4) and Matt Vance (1-for-5) both drove in three runs apiece, while Maik Ehmcke (3-for-3) scored four runs.

Mike Bolsenbroek picked up the win tossing five innings giving up just two runs on four hits while striking out eight. Tim Biegel took the loss for Mannheim going five innings giving up nine runs on nine hits. Max Lehnert really struggled going just 0.2 innings giving up eight runs on three hits and walking four.

Game 2 was pitched a bit better on both sides of the field. Boris Bokai tossed five shutout innings giving up just two hits and striking out seven to earn the victory. Matthew Kemp took the loss going five innings giving up four runs (two earned).

Philipp Howard (2-for-4/2RBI) and Christoph Zirzlmeier (2-for-3/1 RBI) led the way offensively for the Legionaere.

In other South Division action:

Joshua Peterson went a combined 3-for-6 homering in both games to help Haar take a pair of games from the Bad Homburg Hornets.

Sascha Lutz went 5-for-5 driving in six runs in a game for the Stuttgart Reds. His teammate Matti Emery hit a grand slam and drove in five in the same game as the Reds defeated Heidenheim 20-4.

Christian Decher pitched seven shutout innings giving up just two hits and striking out ten en route to a win for the Mainz Athletics over the Teubingen Hawks.

South Division Scores:

Friday April 26, 2013:
Mannheim Tornados 5, Buchbinder Legionaere 21
Stuttgart Reds 20, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 4

Saturday April 27, 2013:
Mannheim Tornados 0, Buchbinder Legionaere 4
Stuttgart Reds 1, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 5
Bad Homburg Hornets 6, Haar Disciples 7
Bad Homburg Hornets 4, Haar Disciples 5

Sunday April 28, 2013:
Teubingen Hawks 0, Mainz Athletics 7
Teubingen Hawks 2, Mainz Athletics 6

South Division Standings:

1. Buchbinder Legionaere 4-0

1. Mainz Athletics 4-0

2. Haar Disciples 2-0

3. Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 1-1

4. Stuttgart Reds 1-3

4. Bad Homburg Hornets 0-2

4. Mannheim Tornados 0-4

4. Teubingen Hawks 0-2

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Texas Summer League Announced

With the success of the Texas Winter League, the United League has decided to start the Texas Summer League this July.

The league will give players an opportunity to develop their skills and get instruction from professional independent managers and coaches. So if you are looking to break into the professional ranks and maybe you were overlooked or you just graduated from college, this could be the perfect place for you to get noticed.

The league will run from July 15 to August 7 and at the end of the league the top 5 or 10 players will be selected and placed on a professional team for the final two weeks of the season. All games will take place in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

This is a great way to get started in professional baseball.

For more information visit Texas Summer League

The Texas Summer League is the only league-sponsored summer developmental baseball league. This allows the league to assure the players drafted that they will be added to one of the United League rosters.

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College: Vanderbilt Takes Over Top Spot in Poll

After ten week of the University of North Carolina at the top of the polls, we finally have a new #1 in the NCBWA Div. I Poll in Vanderbilt.

The Vanderbilt Commodores went a perfect 4-0 this week to take over the top spot in the poll. In their weekend series, Vandy swept then #10 Mississippi State in Nashville.

They are getting it done on the hill with a team ERA of just 2.58. Leading the pitching staff is sophomore Tyler Beede who is 11-0 this season posting a 1.63 ERA through 71.2 innings of work. The former first round pick in 2011 has only given up nine extra base hits on the season holding opponents to a .178 average.

Following up Beede is junior Kevin Ziomek. The lefty is 8-2 so far with a 2.12 ERA through 80.2 innings in eleven starts. He is holding opponents to just a .164 average.

Vandy also has one of the top closers in the country in sophomore Brian Miller. Miller has posted a 0.68 ERA through 39.2 innings of work while earning 12 saves.

The Commodores have a few hitters as well. Leading the way is junior Tony Kemp who is hitting .399 through the first 45 games. Kemp has struck out just 21 times while walking 28. Conner Herrell (.314/8/52) and Vince Conde (.314/6/34) are providing some pop for the Vandy lineup.

Vandy doesn’t have an easy schedule the rest of the way either. This weekend they take on #9 South Carolina on the road in Columbia. The next weekend they will travel to Lexington and take on #26 Kentucky before finishing up their schedule at home against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

UNC dropped a spot after spending ten weeks at the top due to their 2-2 week that included a loss to #10 NC State and a loss to UNC Wilmington.

LSU (ranked #2 last week) was poised to take over the top spot with the Tar Heels 2-2 week, but they too went 2-2 losing twice to #9 South Carolina at home over the weekend.

We are getting down to the final few weeks of the regular season before the conference tournaments start at the end of May. Everyone should be in for some good baseball from here on out.

 2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (APRIL 29)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Vanderbilt Southeastern 39-6 4-0 4
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 41-4 2-2 1
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 36-7 2-1 3
4. LSU Southeastern 39-6 2-2 2
5. Oregon State Pac-12 34-8 4-0 6
6. Oregon Pac-12 33-10 4-0 7
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 38-8 3-2 5
8. Florida State Atlantic Coast 35-9 4-0 9
9. South Carolina Southeastern 33-12 2-2 11
10. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 34-11 2-1 13
11. Louisville Big East 33-10 3-1 12
12. UCLA Pac-12 27-13 2-2 8
13. Oklahoma Big 12 33-11 2-1 14
14. Arizona State Pac-12 28-12-1 4-0 16
15. Mississippi State Southeastern 33-13 1-3 10
16. Arkansas Southeastern 29-15 2-0 15
17. Indiana Big Ten 34-8 5-0 17
18. Rice Conference USA 28-14 0-0 20
19. UC Irvine Big West 28-12 3-1 22
20. Oklahoma State Big 12 32-11 5-0 24
21. Ole Miss Southeastern 31-14 2-2 18
22. Arizona Pac-12 28-14 3-0 27
23. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 28-16 1-3 19
24. Mercer Atlantic Sun 36-12 4-1 26
25. Clemson Atlantic Coast 30-14 3-1 29
26. Kentucky Southeastern 26-17 2-2 25
27. Stanford Pac-12 23-15 1-3 21
28. Cal Poly Big West 28-13 2-2 23
29. Notre Dame Big East 26-16 4-1 28
30. South Alabama Sun Belt 34-12 5-0
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (27-18), Austin Peay (32-13), CSU Bakersfield (29-16), Campbell (37-8), Central Arkansas (31-11), Creighton (24-10), Dartmouth (31-7), Florida (25-20), Gonzaga (28-14-1), Kansas State (31-14), Lamar (33-11), Louisiana (31-14), Miami (29-18), Michigan State (24-13), New Mexico (27-16), North Florida (32-12), Ohio State (28-13), Pittsburgh (32-10), San Diego State (22-21), Seton Hall (26-16), South Florida (29-15), Southern Miss (24-19), Troy (32-12), UNC Wilmington (32-13), Virginia Tech (27-18), West Virginia (27-18).
Dropped out: UNC Wilmington (30).
By conference: Southeastern 7, Atlantic Coast 6, Pac-12 6, Big West 3, Big 12 2, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Sun Belt 1.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

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Today in Baseball History – April 30

April 30, 1922

Chicago White Sox pitcher Charlie Robertson pitches a perfect game against the Detroit Tigers. Robertson would finish the year 14-15 with an ERA of 3.64.

April 30, 1946

Bob Feller tosses his second no-hitter beating the New York Yankees 1-0. The no-hitter was his first after serving four years in the Navy. He would end his Hall of Fame career with three no-nos.

April 30, 1967

Baltimore Orioles pitchers Steve Barber and Stu Miller combine to no-hit the Detroit Tigers winning 2-1. Barber pitched 8.2 innings and Miller finished it off with the final out.

April 30, 1969

The Cincinnati Reds Jim Maloney no-hits the Houston Astros. He struck out 13 on his way to the victory and his second no-hitter.

April 30, 1985

Dale Murphy drives in his 28th and 29th run for the month of April tying Ron Cey‘s 1977 record for RBI in April (since broken).

April 30, 1994

The Toronto Blue Jays Joe Carter sets the Major League record for RBI in April with his 31st of the month. The Rockies Andres Galarraga set the N.L. mark with 30.

April 30, 1997

Tino Martinez breaks Carter’s three year old record knocking in 34 runs in the month of April with the New York Yankees.

Born on this day:

1949 Phil Garner

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MLB: German Donald Lutz to Make Major League Debut

Donald Lutz will become the first German to make it to the Big Leagues out of the MLB Europe academy when he makes his Major League Debut sometime in the next day or two. He got the call yesterday, but is still waiting to be assigned to the big league club.

Lutz, welcomed by the Cincinnati Reds on Twitter today, will soon make his Major League debut.

 

Lutz was born in the United States, but at the age of one left for Germany where he grew up. Lutz played for Germany in last year’s WBC Qualifier that took place in Regensburg, Geramny. During the Qualifier, Lutz played first base and hit .308 during the four games.

He is rated at the best power hitter in the Reds organization by Baseball America, and is a Top 20 prospect. He was signed in 2007 as a free agent, and progressed through the Reds organization ever since.

In 2012, Lutz split most of his time between High-A and Double-A ball where he combined to hit 22 home runs while posting a .269/.336/.517 line. He has struggled a bit so far this year hitting just .211, but he has hit five home runs in 21 games.

I had the chance to see Lutz play with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos earlier this season. During that game Lutz went 1-for-3 with one of the hardest hit home runs I’ve ever seen. He hit a low line drive over the right-field fence that might have knocked it down had it been a little lower.

Lutz has not been activated as of the time of this post, but it looks like it could happen tonight corresponding with Chris Heisey’s injured hamstring that will probably land him on the 15-day DL.

We wish him luck whenever he gets his chance. I know he has the support of an entire country behind him.

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Today in Baseball History – April 29

April 29, 1931

Cleveland Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell throws a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns. Ferrell also hit a home run and a double knocking in four runs in the Indians 7-0 win.

April 29, 1981

Steve Carlton became the first left-hander, and sixth major leaguer, to strike out 3,000 batters when he struck out Tim Wallach in the first inning of the Phillies win over the Expos.

Carlton would end his career with 4,136 strike outs.

April 29, 1986

Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens sets the Major League record for strikeouts in a game when he fans 20 Seattle Mariners.

Born on this day:

1934 Luis Aparicio

1947 Tom House

1952 Ron Washington

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Today in Baseball History – April 28

April 28, 1952

The St. Louis Browns send two minor league players, John Britton and Jim Newberry, to the Hankyu Braves of the Pacific League in Japan. The Browns become the first team to send players outside of the U.S.

April 28, 1956

Cincinnati Redlegs rookie Frank Robinson hits his first Major League home run off of Cubs pitcher Paul Minner. This would be the first of Robinson’s 586 home runs.

Robinson went on to hit 38 in his rookie season helping him win the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award.

April 28, 1961

Just five days after his 40th birthday, Warren Spahn became the second oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter behind Cy Young. Spahn and the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0.

Hank Aaron drives in the only run helping Spahn win his 290th game. He would go on to win 363 over his Hall of Fame career.

April 28, 1988

The Baltimore Orioles lose 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins setting the A.L. record with their twenty-first consecutive loss.

April 28, 1998

Juan Gonzalez, the Texas Rangers right fielder, drives in his 35th run in April setting a new Major League record.

Born on this day:

1960 Tom Browning

1964 Barry Larkin

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MLB Working Toward Worldwide Amateur Draft for 2014

Bud Selig said he would like to institute an worldwide amateur draft for 2014.

Under the labor contract, MLB has until June 1 to notify the player’s union of its intent to hold an international draft next year. The union would then have until June 15 to veto it.

The MLB Draft is held each year in June and consists of 40 rounds plus compensatory picks. Starting in 2007, the MLB Draft has been televised.

Currently to be eligible for the draft one must be a resident of the U.S., Canada, or a U.S. Territory (such as Puerto Rico).

An international draft would make players in other countries, such as the Dominican Republic, eligible for the draft. Currently each team has an international bonus pool with which to sign players outside of the MLB Draft.

Many people think that since the inclusion of Puerto Rico into the MLB Draft, the sport has been seriously hurt there. Puerto Rico was added to the draft in 1990 and ever since the sport has been in a downward spiral.

Will including other places like Venezuela and Dominican Republic hurt the sport in those areas? Only time will tell as officials from both MLB and the Player’s Association work together on a possible international draft in 2014.

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Major League Baseball Says It Will Not Change Schedule to Accommodate the Olympics

Baseball was an Olympic sport from 1992-2008 before it was dropped from the London Games.

The sport has been on a campaign to get it back into the Olympics for the 2020 Games. However, that effort might have taken a blow as MLB has said it will not change its schedule to accommodate the Olympics.

IOC President Jacques Rogge has said the sport needs to make its best players available just like they are in hockey and basketball.

The IOC board will meet next week to select one or more sports to put up for consideration by the IOC General Assembly for possible admission into the 2020 Games.

The international baseball and softball federations are merging in an effort to better their chances of being chosen by the IOC for inclusion in future Olympic games.

The sport has started its own international event in 2006 called the World Baseball Classic. Earlier this year the WBC was played for the third time with the Dominican Republic winning its first title (Japan won the first two).

So if baseball is to win its bid to be re-included in the Olympics, it will be without major help from MLB.

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Minors: Rio Grande Valley White Wings Announce New Manager

The Rio Grande Valley White Wings have announced the hiring of manager Chris Paterson for the 2013 United League season.

Paterson has spent the past three seasons managing in the Pecos and Continental Baseball Leagues garnering a pair of manager of the year awards in two different leagues. In 2011, Paterson led the Roswell Invaders to the inaugural Pecos League title. He has also managed in the Arizona Winter League, the California Winter League, the Pecos Spring League, and recently the Texas Winter League.

Paterson played his collegiate years at North Dakota State University where he threw five innings of a combined no-hitter against Creighton in 2008. After graduating, Chris played in several independent leagues before taking his talents overseas.

Overseas Chris played in professional leagues in Germany, Italy, France, and Australia where he maintains many contacts.

While managing, Paterson has also served as a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays and now the Miami Marlins.

Last year, we named Chris to our Top 10 Independent League Managers. He came in at #9 and was one of the youngest managers in the game.

Paterson and the White Wings kick off the season on May 23rd at home against the San Angelo Colts.

White Wings Press Release

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Today in Baseball History – April 27

April 27, 1944

Jim Tobin tosses a no-hitter for the Braves against the Dodgers, and he hits a home run.

April 27, 1968

Tom Phoebus throws a no-hitter for the Orioles against the Red Sox as Baltimore wins 6-0. Brooks Robinson drives in three runs and makes a great stop at third base.

Phoebus would finish his career with 56 wins and 11 shutouts in only 201 games.

April 27, 1973

Kansas City Royals rookie Steve Busby tosses a no-hitter against the Tigers in Detroit. The Royals win 3-0. Busby was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter and not bat in the game.

April 27, 1983

Nolan Ryan strikes out Brad Mills in a 4-2 Astros win over the Expos. With the strikeout, Ryan moved past Walter Johnson on the all-time strikeout list with 3,509. Ryan would go on to rack up another 2,205 strikeouts.

April 27, 1994

Minnesota pitcher Scott Erickson throws the first Twins no-hitter since 1967 when he no hits the Brewers.

Born on this day:

1896 Rogers Hornsby

1916 Enos Slaughter

1975 Chris Carpenter

 

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Manny Ramirez Homers, But Does He Touch Home?

Manny Ramirez is no longer playing in the big leagues. Instead he is overseas in Tawian suiting up for the EDA Rhinos, and on Tuesday night he gave the Rhinos a win with an extra inning home run.

What stood out about this home run were a few things. First of all, it took Manny 30 seconds to round the bases. Then when he finally makes it home after his triumphant trot, it looks like he misses home plate (watch at 1:27 and tell me what you think).

Next, it was the announcer. He was going crazy, just like everyone else in attendance, but this time he had been working on his English a bit. As Manny trotted around the base paths, the announcer used up what might be all the English he knows.

Anyway, the video is below. Watch it and enjoy.

By the way, he is tied for the league lead in home runs.

Manny’s Stats:

G PA RBI R H 2B 3B HR TB DP SF SB BB SO SB CS AVG SLG
15 63 13 9 19 3 0 3 31 3 0 0 4 8 0 0 0.322 0.525

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Minors: Pecos League Team Looking for German Player

Press Release Pecos League

The White Sands Pupfish professional baseball team from New Mexico looking for a German player for the 2013 season. The Pupfish play in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs to play every day from July 14-28th May The Pupfish play in Alamogordo New Mexico, the German Air Force Center Tatical players have professional experience in Germany and need to move up 18 to 25 years old and in the attempt, in their baseball career. Applicable send an e-mail to Pupfish@pecosleague.com

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Today in Baseball History – April 25

April 25, 1904

New York Highlanders pitcher Jack Chesbro won his first game of the season. He would go on to set the American League record with 41 victories.

He would finish the year with a record of 41-12 and an ERA of just 1.82. He threw 48 complete games and six shutouts over 454.2 innings of work.

April 24, 1976

Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saves an American flag from two people who ran onto the field and tried to burn it. It happened in the fourth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium.

April 25, 1995

Major League Baseball returned after a 257-day labor dispute that saw the 1994 season without a World Series.

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Italy: Unipol Bologna Stays Undefeated with Sweep of Rimini

The Italian Baseball League finished up Week 3 this past weekend as Unipol Bologna took a two game set from Telemarket Rimini. Two of the match ups were canceled due to bad weather, but the rest of the action was heated. Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto swept Novara while Nettuno and San Marino split their series.

Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 4, Novara Baseball 3
Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 11, Novara Baseball 1 (8)

Alessandro Ularetti pitched eight strong innings giving up just three runs (two earned) for Grosseto but didn’t factor into the decision. Grosseto needed a run in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the win in Game 1. Moreno Funzione picked up the win pitching the ninth inning.

Antonio Giovannini came up with a big hit in the bottom of the ninth inning driving in the winning run with a single.

Angel Calero pitched five shutout innings for Novara giving way to relief in the sixth. Franklin Torres pitched the final 3.2 innings giving up four runs (one earned) taking the loss.

The defense let Novara down in Game 1 giving up four errors, but it was the wild pitching that let them down in Game 2.

The Novara pitching staff gave up nine walks, hit five batters, and uncorked two wild pitches leading to eleven runs in a lopsided loss to Grosseto. Starter Mario Di Taddeo took the loss lasting only 1.1 innings giving up four runs (three earned) without giving up a hit. He did walk four and hit two.

On the other side of the field, Grosseto starter Angel Marquez picked up the win tossing six innings allowing just one run on three hits while striking out eight.

Nettuno 4, T&A San Marino 1

Nettuno 1, T&A San Marino 7

Andrea Pizziconi picked up the win in Game 1 for Neptunno tossing five innings giving up just one run on five hits. Antonio Romero pitched two innings to earn the save. He struck out five and didn’t allow a hit.

Jim Magrane pitched well for San Marino going six innings allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits but took the loss.

Vinicio Sparagna had a good game at the plate going 3-for-3 with a RBI for Nettuno.

T&A San Marino used a five-run seventh inning to take Game 2 behind three home runs.

Jairo Ramos had a great day at the plate going 2-for-5 including a grand slam home run in the fifth inning. Wuillians Vasquez (1-for-4) and Joseph Mazzuca (2-for-5) both homered as well for San Marino.

Tiago Da Silva pitched eight great innings to earn the win. Da Silva gave up one run on three hits while striking out nine. Leonardo D’Amico picked up the save pitching the ninth inning.

Riccardo De Santis took the loss tossing just 6.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits.

Telemarket Rimini 3, Unipol Bologna 11

Telemarket Rimini 1, Unipol Bologna 5

Unipol Bologna pounded Rimini pitching for 12 hits in Game 1. Juan Carlos Infante went 3-for-5 scoring three runs, stole a base, and hit a two-run home run. Luca Bischeri added another three RBI going 2-for-3 on the day.

Victor Moreno picked up the win for Bologna pitching 5.2 innings giving up three runs on four hits striking out seven along the way. Raul Rivero pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn the save.

Andrew Baldwin took the loss for Rimini giving up three runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings. The Rimini pitching staff struggled with control throughout the game walking nine and hitting one batter.

Alexander Romero (2-for-3) homered in the loss for Rimini.

Unipol Bologna came back with another victory in Game 2 behind a solid start from Matteo D’Angelo who went 4.2 innings allowing just one unearned run. Junior Oberto picked up the win in relief tossing 1.1 innings striking out two and not allowing a hit. Carlos Richetti picked up the save with two hitless innings of relief.

Roberto Corradini took the loss for Rimini tossing 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits.

Alessandro Vaglio (2-for-4) driving in three runs while Infante added another pair of hits in the game.

Italian Baseball League Standings:

1. Unipol Bologna 6-0
2. Parma Baseball 3-1
3. Telemarket Rimini 4-2
4. T&A San Marino 4-2
5. Nettuno 3-3
6. Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 3-3
7. Palfinger Reggio Emilia 1-3
8. Godo Knights 1-3
9. New Black Panthers 1-3
10. Novara Baseball 0-6

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France: Rouen Huskies Take First Loss

Week four is in the books for the French Division I league. This past weekend the Toulouse Tigers gave the Rouen Huskies their first loss of the year which put them in a tie for first place with the Templiers Senart.

Results Week 4:

Toulouse Academy – Templiers Senart – 3-11 and 0-8

Rouen Huskies – Toulouse Tigers – 4-5 and 5-1

Beaucaire Chevaliers – Montpellier Barracudas- 3-9 and 2-4

Savigny Lions – Paris UC – 4-9 and 11-3

French Division I Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 7-1
2. Templiers Senart 7-1
3. Montpellier Barracudas 6-2
4. Savigny Lions 3-5
5. State Toulousain 3-5
6. Toulouse Academy 2-6
7. Beaucaire Chevaliers 1-5
8. Paris UC 1-5

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Spain: CB Barcelona Stays in First with Weekend Sweep

In the Spanish Division de Honor, CB Barcelona won a rematch of the finals last year as they swept the Valencia Astros. All other match ups ended up in splits over the weekend.

CB Barcelona 4, Valencia Astros 0

Game 1 saw Barcelona get a win after a strong outing from Ricardo Hernandez (W, 3-1) who tossed eight shutout innings striking out 11 giving up six hits. Oscar Angulo had a huge game at the plate going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Miguel Angel Vargas (L, 0-1) took the loss for the Astros going seven innings giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits.

CB Barcelona 5, Valencia Astros 2

Game 2 saw a huge comeback by Barcelona as they scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to earn the victory. The big blow came from Pau Sancho with a 2-run home run.

Jorge Balboa had a good start for Barcelona striking out 12 in 6.1 innings allowing just one hit. He gave up two runs. Jonathan Garcia (W, 1-0) picked up the win in relief tossing 2.2 innings of hitless relief.

Mikel Bosch (L, 1-1) took the loss pitching an inning of relief giving up three runs (one earned).

Results:

Baseball Navarra 14, El Llano BC 2
Baseball Navarra 0, El Llano BC 3

CB Vilamoura 0, Tenerife Marlins PC 3
CB Vilamoura 16, Tenerife Marlins PC 3

San Inazio Bilbao 2, CD Pamplona 3
San Inazio Bilbao 7, CD Pamplona 2

Standings:

1. CB Barcelona 6-2
2. CBS Sant Boi 5-3
3. Tenerife Marlins PC 5-3
4. CB Vilamoura 6-4
5. Baseball Navarra 5-5
6. CD Pamplona 4-4
7. San Inazio Bilbao 3-5
8. Valencia Astros 2-4
9. El Llano BC 2-8

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College: North Carolina #1 for Tenth Straight Week

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels are once again ranked #1 in the NCBWA Div. I Poll. This marks the tenth week in a row that they have been atop the standings.  Over the past week UNC went 5-0 including a weekend sweep of rival Duke.

The Tar Heels are getting it done on the pitching mound. As a team they have posted a 2.27 ERA compared to their opponents 7.96 ERA. They have limited their opponents to hitting just .202 while their offense is hitting at a .317 clip.

The offense is led by Colin Moran (.387/.507/.632) who has blasted 10 home runs. Two other hitters are hitting over .350 including Skye Bolt (.392/.509/.648) and Cody Stubbs (.373/.455/.596).

The Heels will have a big challenge this weekend traveling to #13 NC State this weekend for an ACC series.

Two teams fell out of the Top 10 this week as Arkansas fell five spots to #15, while Louisville fell three spots to #12. Replacing them in the Top 10 are UCLA (up four spots to #8) and Mississippi State (up one spot to #10).

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (APRIL 22)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 39-2 5-0 1
2. LSU Southeastern 37-4 3-1 2
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 34-6 3-1 4
4. Vanderbilt Southeastern 35-6 2-2 3
5. Virginia Atlantic Coast 35-6 4-0 8
6. Oregon State Pacific-12 30-8 2-2 6
7. Oregon Pacific-12 29-10 2-2 7
8. UCLA Pacific-12 25-11 3-1 12
9. Florida State Atlantic Coast 31-9 1-3 5
10. Mississippi State Southeastern 32-10 2-1 11
11. South Carolina Southeastern 31-10 4-0 15
12. Louisville Big East 30-9 2-2 9
13. NC State Atlantic Coast 32-10 4-0 17
14. Oklahoma Big 12 31-10 3-2 13
15. Arkansas Southeastern 27-15 2-3 10
16. Arizona State Pacific-12 24-12-1 2-2 14
17. Indiana Big Ten 29-8 3-1 19
18. Mississippi Southeastern 29-12 3-2 20
19. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 27-13 1-3 16
20. Rice Conference USA 28-14 3-1 23
21. Stanford Pacific-12 22-12 3-1 24
22. UC Irvine Big West 25-11 2-2 21
23. Cal Poly Big West 26-11 2-2 22
24. Oklahoma State Big 12 27-11 3-1 27
25. Kentucky Southeastern 24-15 0-4 18
26. Mercer Atlantic Sun 32-11 3-1 28
27. Arizona Pacific-12 25-14 2-2 25
28. Notre Dame Big East 22-15 3-1 29
29. Clemson Atlantic Coast 27-13 1-2 26
30. UNC Wilmington Colonial 30-11 4-0
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (24-18), CSU Bakersfield (27-14), Campbell (35-8), Central Arkansas (28-10), Coastal Carolina (25-15), Creighton (22-9), Dartmouth (26-7), Florida (22-19), Gonzaga (26-11-1), Kansas State (28-13), Lamar (30-11), Louisiana (27-13), Miami (24-15), Michigan State (22-11), New Mexico (24-16), North Florida (29-12), Ohio State (25-13), Pittsburgh (29-10), San Diego (24-15), South Alabama (29-12), South Florida (26-14), Southern Miss (21-18), Troy (29-11), UNLV (27-12).
Dropped out: Coastal Carolina (30).
By conference: Southeastern 7, Atlantic Coast 6, Pac-12 6, Big West 3, Big 12 2, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Colonial 1, Conference USA 1

 

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

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Today in Baseball History – April 24

April 24, 1901

Chicago defeated Cleveland in the first ever American League game. The Sox would win by a final score of 8-2. The game was played at the Chicago Cricket Club in front of an reported crowed of about 14,000.

April 24, 1957

Chicago Cubs pitchers walk nine Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of their contest setting a National League record. Cincinnati would go on to win 9-5.

April 24, 1962

Sandy Koufax ties the modern Major League record with 18 strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs. He tied Bob Feller‘s record as the Dodgers went on to win 10-2.

Born on this day:

1967 Omar Vizquel

1972 Chipper Jones

1977 Carlos Beltran

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USA Baseball launches 12U National Team

Press Release USA Baseball

USA baseball will implement a rolling invitation process for naming players to the 2013 squad. A total of 18 athletes will be identified through officially sanctioned identification events in the spring for 12U National Team Training and eventual competition at the II IBAF 12U World Cup. Players eligible for the 2013 12U National Team must be born on or after Jan. 1, 2001.

The primary identification vehicle for the 2013 USA Baseball 12U National Team will be a series of regional identification tryouts and tournaments to be held from March through May 2013. These will be sanctioned identification events that are affiliated with the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS). Details on the tryouts and tournaments will be released on USABaseball.com as they are available. Additonal secondary events and recommendations from professional scouts, college and high school coaches, and the amateur baseball community may also be used to identify players. As players are named to the team, USA Baseball will publicize the announcement(s) through a press release and/or by posting to USABaseball.com.

Once the 18 players have been invited, they will convene at a location and time yet to be determined to participate in the 2013 USA Baseball 12U National Team Training. At the 12U Training, players will participate in practices and exhibition games as they prepare to compete in the IBAF “A” World Championships to be held in Taipei City, Taiwan, from July 20-28.

Additionally, players may qualify for the 2014 12U National Team Trials by competing in the 2013 11U NTIS. The NTIS is held each September and provides USA Baseball with an advanced look at the upcoming class of top players at the 12U, 15U, 17U and 18U competition levels.

At the NTIS, USA Baseball Task Force members will identify a minium of 16 players for the following season’s 12U National Team Trials. Players may participate in the NTIS through a regional qualification process or via the USA Stars at-large program.

Additional identification events will be held in the summer of 2014 to identify players for the 2014 12U National Team Trials. These events may include, but are not limited to, 12U USA Baseball National Team Championships tournaments and events held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Information contained in this selection process document is subject to change at the sole discretion of USA Baseball and without further notice. For more information on the USA Baseball NTIS, please click HERE.

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