Atlantic League news, transactions June 17-23

Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Atlantic League news transactions, Bridgeport Bluefish, Camden Riversharks, Lancaster Barnstormers, Roster, Signings, Somerset Patriots, Southern Maryland, Sugar Land Skeeters, transactions, York Revolution

Last week, every team but Long Island made transactions, which included two trades and a total of 11 players, including three with experience in the majors. Before we get to those roster moves, though, here are some newsworthy items from the past week around the Atlantic League:

-Philadelphia Inquirer mentions Riversharks: Camden was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer feature last week about off-the-field attractions found at minor league baseball stadiums. Click here to read it.

-Former Phillie Valdez spotlighted: Phiadelphia-based KYW radio reporter Matt Leon put together a nice feature last week on former Phillies’ and current Camden infielder Wilson Valdez. Click here to check out the feature, which also includes the full audio interview with Valdez.

-Diamond League: Atlantic League founder and chief executive officer Frank Boulton announced Monday the creation of a professional developmental league. While not related to the Atlantic League, the Diamond League sounds like another creative adventure Boulton is throwing himself into. Click here to read all the details.

-Player of the Week: Southern Maryland outfielder Cyle Hankerd was named last week’s Atlantic League Player of the Week. Hankerd had 12 hits, including four doubles, a triple and two home runs, over six games to help the Blue Crabs go 6-0 last week.

Now on to the transactions…

 

Emiliano Fruto

RHP Emiliano Fruto

BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH: Signed RHP Emiliano Fruto, RHP Joe Bateman and LHP Alex Hinshaw, released RHP Travis Minix

Fruto, 29, makes his way to Bridgeport during his 12th season of professional baseball. The former Major Leaguer last pitched in 2011 with Tabasco of the Mexican League and Independent Sioux City. He combined for a 2-3 record with a 3.28 ERA in 41 games. The righty reached the Majors in 2006 with the Seattle Mariners. He went 2-2 over the course of 36.0 innings and picked up a save while holding a 5.50 ERA.

Bateman joins the Bluefish for the second season with the club and in the Atlantic League. The 12-year pro split the 2012 season between the ‘Fish as well as the Lancaster Barnstromers. He combined for a 3-2 record in 52 appearances (22 with Bridgeport) while holding a 6.63 ERA striking out 74 hitters over 57.0 innings pitched.

Hinshaw, a former big leaguer, comes to the Bridgeport just a week after being released by the Somerset Patriots. The left-hander allowed a run on a hit with four walks and two strikeouts in two relief appearances (one total inning) for Somerset. Hinshaw, 30, came to the Patriots after going 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 12 games at Class AAA Buffalo (Toronto Blue Jays) earlier this season. Hinshaw has appeared in 90 big league games in his nine-year pro career, posting a career 3-2 big league record and 5.11 ERA. He’s less than a year removed from last pitching in the majors with San Diego and the Chicago Cubs in 2012.

Minix, 35, posted a 6.40 ERA in 11 games (one start) in his fifth season in the Atlantic League and first with the ‘Fish. The veteran right-hander struck out 10 and walked nine in 19.2 innings of work. It’s a step down from his performance the previous four seasons with Somerset, where posted a combined 2.09 ERA (13 IP, 56 ER) from 2008 to 2011.

Bridgeport currently has 31 players under contract (outfielders Brian Anderson and Adam Greenberg and pitchers Adam Carr, Hayden Penn, Jordan Roberts and Wardell Starling are inactive and pitcher Keith Bilodeau is on the disabled list), including 15 with major league experience.

CAMDEN RIVERSHARKS: Traded UTL Eduardo Perez to Sugar Land for future considerations, traded LHP Corey Young to New Jersey (Can-Am Association)

Perez, 26, joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as a teenager in 2002. The native of Venezuela first came to the United States in 2005 and quickly made an impact, batting .352 in the Gulf Coast League. In 2010, he hit .271 with four homers and 58 RBI for Chattanooga. In his Atlantic League debut with Camden in 2012, Perez batted .266 with seven homers, 68 RBIs and 46 runs scored in 117 games. Back with ‘Sharks again this season, Perez posted a .226 average with three homers, 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 46 games.

It’s unclear what the ‘Sharks acquired in the trade involving Young, but it likely completes the earlier transaction when Camden acquired Young from New Jersey in May for a player to be named later. Young, 26, is a New Jersey native who played college ball at Seton Hall University before being drafted in the 12th round in 2008 by the Texas Rangers. The lefty has spent the last two seasons at Class AA Frisco, where he has a career 5.93 ERA in 73 combined relief appearances over four years. In his Atlantic League debut with Camden, Young went 0-1 with a 6.42 ERA in 10 relief appearances, walking five and striking out two in seven innings pitched.

Camden currently has 27 players under contract (pitcher Michael Antonini is inactive).

LHP Horacio Ramirez

LHP Horacio Ramirez

LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS: LHP Horacio Ramirez signed by Mexican League team, LHP Brian Tallet retired, Lancaster released INF Tsuyoshi Takashima

Ramirez improved his ERA to 3.51 and picked up his fifth win in his last start for Lancaster on Friday by holding Bridgeport to four runs (two earned) in seven innings of work. The former big leaguer struck out a total of 35 batters to just eight walks in 48.2 innings for Lancaster this season. He is the second Lancaster player (sixth Atlantic League player) picked up by a foreign league this season. It’s unclear what Mexican League signed him.

Tallet, 35, made his Atlantic League debut with Lancaster this season, going 0-1 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 relief appearances, striking out 18 and walking seven in 21.2 innings of work. The left-hander retires with 242 games of experience in the majors, where he had a career 16-25 record and 4.80 ERA with the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals.

Takashima batted just .146 with one homer, four RBIs and four runs scored in 21 games with Lancaster.

The ‘Stormers have 27 players under contract (outfielder Ryan Harvey and pitcher Robert Hinton on the disabled list and catcher Francisco Hernandez and pitcher Jay Buente are inactive), including seven with big league experience.

OF Luis Montañez

OF Luis Montañez

SOMERSET PATRIOTS: Los Angeles Angels signed OF Luis Montañez

Montañez, 31, is the fourth Somerset player to get picked up by a major league organization this season. A former big leaguer, Montañez batted .313 with six homers, 41 RBIs and 39 runs scored in 52 games with Somerset. A Florida native, Montañez came to the Atlantic League for the first time this season in his 14th season as a pro. A third overall draft choice by the Chicago Cubs in 2000 (first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Adam Johnson were drafted ahead of Montañez that year. By the way, Montañez is one of five former or current Atlantic Leaguers who were taken in the first round that year), Montañez made his big league debut in 2008 with the Baltimore Orioles. He has 129 games of experience in the majors, last playing there in 2011 with the Cubs.

The Pats’ are now down to having eight players with big league experience on their roster.

INF Jake Opitz

INF Jake Opitz

SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS: Signed INF Jake Opitz

Opitz, 26, makes his Atlantic League debut with the Crabs. He comes to Southern Maryland after posting a .212 batting average in 22 games earlier this season with Laredo (American Association). A Colorado native, Opitz is just five years removed from playing college ball at the University of Nebraska. The Chicago Cubs drafted him in the 12th round in 2008 and Opitz went on to play in 263 at the Class High A level before being released by the Cubs after the 2011 season. Last year he split his time between independent Amarillo (American Association) and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Class AA Reading and Class AAA Lehigh Valley affiliates. Opitz has a career .262 average at the Class High A level.

Southern Maryland now has 27 players under contract (outfielder Brian Barton is on the disabled list and infielder Jose Julio-Ruiz and pitcher Joe Gannon are on the inactive list), including 12 who are in their first seasons in the Atlantic League.

INF Eduardo Perez

INF Eduardo Perez

SUGAR LAND SKEETERS: Acquired 3B Eduardo Perez from Camden for future considerations

Perez, 26, joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as a teenager in 2002. The native of Venezuela first came to the United States in 2005 and quickly made an impact, batting .352 in the Gulf Coast League. In 2010, he hit .271 with four homers and 58 RBI for Chattanooga. In his Atlantic League debut with Camden in 2012, Perez batted .266 with seven homers, 68 RBIs and 46 runs scored in 117 games. Back with ‘Sharks again this season, Perez posted a .226 average with three homers, 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 46 games.

The Skeeters now have 29 players under contract (first baseman Josh Pressley, outfielder Fernando Perez and pitcher Gilbert De La Vara are on the disabled list and infielder Anthony Granato is inactive).

 

RHP Nick Green

RHP Nick Green

YORK REVOLUTION: Signed RHP Nick Green

Green posted a 3-0 record with a 3.71 ERA in nine starts for York, striking out 36 and walking 18, before opting to take a deal in the Mexican League. But that deal ultimately fell apart and Green returned to the Revs last week. In his first start back for York on Sunday, Green got tagged for four runs on six hits in 4.1 innings pitched. To make room on the 25-man roster for Green, York put reliever Kris Regas on the inactive list. Click here to read a blog post about the entire fiasco Green went through the last couple weeks.

The Revs currently have 26 players under contract (reliever Kris Regas is inactive).

 

Previous Atlantic League news, transactions from 2013 season:

June 10-16

June 3-9

May 27-June 2

May 20-26

May 13-19

May 6-12

April 29-May 5

April 22-28

April 15-21

April 8-14

April 1-7

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