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

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

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

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

Giants invite Tropeano to spring training
February 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stoudt makes good return after T-J surgery
October 30, 2020

Levi Stoudt makes good return after T-J surgery

RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017), the Top ACBL Prospect in 2017, underwent Tommy-John surgery after being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the June 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.

Stoudt was invited to the Arizona Instructional League and Andy McKay, Director of Player Development for the Mariners, noted that Stoudt has created as much buzz as any arm in camp now. He has been 95-96 with his fastball and combines this with a plus changeup. He’s the guy people are here to see. They don’t miss his appearances.

Nick Snyder (West Virginia, South Jersey Giants, 2017, Trenton Generals, 2018) was also invited to the Arizona Instructional League by the Arizona Diamondbacks who drafted him in the 11th round of the June 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.

The 6-7 LHP was the second Top ACBL Prospect in 2018 and had an excellent rookie season at short season Hillsboro in the Northwest League where he posted a 2-0 record with a save and a 0.00 ERA. In 16 innings he struck out 27 with nine base on balls.

In other ACBL news Vincent Timpanelli (Ramapo, New York Phenoms, 2019) signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds. As a catcher he hit .279 with five home runs and 32 RBIs for the Phenoms in 2019. He made a strong showing on the mound this past summer and his future with the Reds may be on the mound.

Cash and Slegers head to World Series with the Rays
October 18, 2020

Tampa Bay field manager Kevin Cash (Florida State, Sussex, 1997) and reliever Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead, 2011) have advanced to the World Series after the Rays defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 in game seven on Saturday.

Cash signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays in August 1999 and made his MLB debut in September 2002 as a catcher for the Blue Jays. His success as a field manager for the Rays is well documented.

Slegers, a former ACBL All-Star, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB draft. The 6-10 RHP made eleven appearances during the regular season and recorded two saves in two save opportunities. He posted a 3.46 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over 26 innings. Thus far in the post season he has three relief appearances with a 1.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in five innings.




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