Diamond Notes

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.

Former ACBL pitchers play big role in 3-pitch Inning records
September 9, 2020

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown, 2011) on Monday became the fifth former ACBL pitcher to record a three pitch inning, the 189th in MLB history, on Monday as the Oakland A’s defeated the Houston Astros 6-0.

Baseball Almanac data indicates that the American League has posted 82 3-Pitch Innings with Walter Johnson leading the way with four from 1911 thru 1917. Jim Mecir (Eckerd, Nassau) threw a three pitch eighth inning on May 17, 1998 for Tampa Bay. Allen Watson (NY Tech, Long Island) tossed a three pitch ninth inning for the New York Yankees on September 26, 1999.

Pete Harnisch (Fordham, Long Island) tops the National League list of 106 3-Pitch Innings with three 3-Pitch Innings for the Cincinnati Reds. The first one was the fifth inning on September 26, 1998 followed by fourth inning feats on August 24, 1999 and April 7, 2001. Jamie Moyer (Saint Joseph’s, Allentown) put a 3-Pitch Inning on the record for the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 2013.

Trivino has three pitch inning
September 8, 2020
Lou Trivino, Former Quakertown Blazer now pitches in the Oakland Athletics system
RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) closed out the Oakland A’s 6-0 win over the Houston Astros with a three pitch ninth inning.

All three pitches resulted in outfield putouts by centerfielder Ramon Laureano. This was the 188th three pitch inning in MLB history.

The last pitcher to throw one was reportedly Mike Minor in September 2019. Info on when all three outs went to the same player is not available at present.

Trivino now has eight consecutive scoreless relief appearances with a 2.76 ERA for the division leading A’s who host the Astros in a doubleheader today.

Justin Topa makes MLB debut with the Brewers
September 4, 2020

RHP Justin Topa (LIU Brooklyn Southampton, 2010) became the 116th former ACBL player to play in MLB when he allowed two runs over two innings as the Milwaukee Brewers lost 12-1 to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Today he was optioned to the Brewers Alternate Training Site.

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown, 2011) is off to a good start with the division leading Oakland A’s. with seven consecutive scoreless appearances. The 6-5 RHP has eleven relief appearances with a 2.93 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 15 innings.

Other former ACBL players now pitching in MLB include Zach Godley (Tennessee, Southampton, 2010) with the Boston Red Sox, Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead, 2009) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead, 2011) with the Tampa Bay Rays and Kyle McGowin (Savannah St. Sag Harbor, 2011-12) with the Washington Nationals.

Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor, 2011) and Cody Carroll (Southern Mississippi, Center Moriches, 2012) were returned to Alternate Training Sites by the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles respectively.

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