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Zach Lutz signs with Miami Marlins
February 6, 2016
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Zach Lutz (Alvernia, Kutztown Rockies) recently signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

Lutz has been assigned to the Marlins AAA affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Lutz played briefly with the New York Mets in 2012-13. This past season he saw action at first and third base for the Mets' AAA affiliate Las Vegas.

RHP Kyle McGowin (Savannah State, Sag Harbor Whalers) was named a non-roster invitee to spring training with the Los Angeles Angels.

McGowin was a fifth round selection of the Angels in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.

Two former ACBL players in the Seattle Mariners system recently completed outstanding seasons in the Australian Baseball League.

First baseman Kyle Petty (California Univ. of Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Catz) won the home run title with 14 and hit .317 with 44 RBIs in 55 games.

RHP Kodi Kerski (Sacred Heart, North Fork Osprey) collected 11 saves, second most in the ABL, with 23 strikeouts and six walks in 25 innings.

DiFazio and Gorski sign free agent contracts with MLB organizations
January 26, 2016

In recent minor league transactions catcher Vinny DiFazio (Univ. of Alabama, Quakertown Blazers) signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers while LHP Darin Gorski (Kutztown Univ., Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown Rockies) signed with the Washington Nationals.

Vinny DiFazioDarin GorskiDiFazio was named Player of the Year in the independent American Association while hitting .361 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. The All-Star catcher led the St. Paul Saints to a 74-26 record and was in the running for the triple crown.

Gorski had a New York Mets organization leading 27 starts for Las Vegas in the AAA Pacific Coast League. He posted a 10-8 record while striking out 108 in 137 innings with a 5.52 ERA.

Veteran LHP John Lannan (Siena, Long Island Collegians) signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals after going 6-10 with 25 starts and 152 innings for the Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Fillmyer featured in Baseball America article
December 31, 2015
Heath Fillmyer
RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County College, Trenton Generals) was recently featured in a Baseball America article by Casey Tefertiller titled, "Fillmyer Finds His New Ceiling".

Fillmyer pitched and played shortstop for the Trenton Generals in 2013 after being selected in the 28th round by the Colorado Rockies.

In 2014 he signed with the Oakland A's after being drafted in the fifth round.

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Aviles signs one-year contract with the Tigers
December 23, 2015

Mike Aviles (Concordia, New York Generals) recently signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers. Aviles hit .231 with five home runs and 17 RBI as an utility player for the Cleveland Indians in 2015. The versatile 34-year-old played six positions, 11 games at second base, 28 at third base, 23 at shortstop, 34 in left field, five in center field and one in right field.

In other transactions RHP Anthony Varvaro (St. John's, Metro New York Cadets) signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Catcher Stuart Turner (Mississippi, Southampton Breakers) was designated as a non-roster invitee to spring training by the Minnesota Twins. Stuart was a third round selection of the Twins in 2013.

Jersey Pilots Announce 2016 Webcaster
December 21, 2015

The Pilots would like to announce that Kevin Wall will join the team as webcaster. He will announce play-by-play action at all Pilots home games. Kevin is currently a sophomore at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he is majoring in Communications/Sports Journalism. Kevin is a resident of Manalapan, New Jersey.

He is a staff writer for the student newspaper and a reporter on SCTV3, contributing weekly news and sports packages. He also does pre-game, play-by-play and is a floor director/producer for various campus events. He is the main host on the AT-K-Wall Show, a weekly sports talk program on WSCB, 89.9 FM. Kevin produces weekly interviews and segments with experts and guests on the show.

As an intern on WHLL, 1450-AM, CBS Sports Radio, he manages board mic levels, gathers production notes, manages social media and produces/posts podcasts online.

Please join us in welcoming Kevin to the Pilots family.

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