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2017 Diamond Notes

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ACBL Players Gather Patriot League Honors
May 20, 2017

OF Brett Smith (Bucknell, Quakertown Blazers, 2014) was selected as Defensive Player of the Year and named to the First Team of the Patriot League All Conference Team.

1B Anthony Critelli (Holy Cross, Jersey Pilots, 2014), OF Jacen Nalesnik (Lehigh, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) and DH Connor Donovan (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2014) join Smith on the first team.

Donovan also landed a spot on the second team as a starting pitcher along with RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017), 1B David Young (Lehigh, Jersey Pilots,2015; South Jersey Giants, 2016) and 2B Steven Cohen (Lafayette, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2015).

ABCL players recognized on PSAC All-Conference teams
May 16, 2017

Catcher Steven Zimmerman (East Stroudsburg, Allentown Railers, 2017), 2B Tyler Benson (Bloomsburg, North Jersey Eagles, 2016), OF Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2016) and RHP Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg, Allentown Railers, 2016) were named to the PSAC East All-Conference First Team.

OF Drew Jarmuz (West Chester, South Jersey Giants, 2016) and 1B Jared Melone (West Chester, Quakertown Blazers, 2016) were selected to the Second Team.

Former ACBL player and manager, Joe Spano (Metro NY Cadets) was named Coach of the Year in the PSAC West Conference for the fourth time. He has guided the Mercyhurst Lakers to the Number One ranking in the NCAA Division II Coaches' Poll.

ACBL Players Top NJAC Conference Selections
May 5, 2017

Senior outfielder Rob DeAngelis (Ramapo, Jersey Pilots 2015-16) and junior shortstop Zachary Shindler (TCNJ, Trenton Generals 2017) were named New Jersey Athletic Conference Co-Players of the Year.

RHP Joe Cirillo (TCNJ, North Jersey Eagles 2016-17) was named NJAC Pitcher of the Year while Matt Curry (TCNJ, Trenton Generals 2017) tabbed the Fireman of the Year Award.

LHP Jerry D'Andrea (Ramapo, Staten Island Tide 2016-17) and 2B Bobby Shannon (Ramapo, North Jersey Eagles 2016-17) joined Cirillo, DeAngelis and Shindler on the first team.

RHP Andrew Cohen (Rowan, Trenton Generals 2014), Catcher Jon Theckston (Rutgers-Camden, South Jersey Giants 2014-15), 1B Matt Krupa (Kean, North Jersey Eagles 2015-17) and SS Austin Unglaub (Ramapo, Jersey Pilots 2015) were named to the second team.

RHP Ian Scheidermann (Rutgers-Camden, South Jersey Giants 2016) and RHP Brandon Zachary (TCNJ, Trenton Generals 2017) received Honorable Mention honors.

Rothmund and Beinlich among home run leaders
April 30, 2017

Michael Rothmund Photo Courtesy of Univ. of Illinois-Springfield Athletics
Nick Beinlich Photo Courtesy of Belmont Abbey Athletics

Michael Rothmund Photo Courtesy of Univ. of Illinois-Springfield AthleticsNick Beinlich Photo Courtesy of Belmont Abbey Athletics Michael Rothmund (Illinois-Springfield, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) and Nick Beinlich (Belmont Abbey, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2014) have both hit 20 home runs and are tied for second in the NCAA Division II statistics.

Rothmund, a 6-6 junior first baseman, is also ranked second in slugging percentage with an .839 percentage. He is hitting .369 with 55 RBIs as the Prairie Stars top the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division and rank 10th in the Midwest Region.

Beinlich, a speedy RS-junior outfielder, leads off for Belmont Abbey and has a .387 average with 29 stolen bases. He is in the elite 20-20 club with 20 home runs and 29 stolen bases. The Easton Pa. native was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and his walk off 11th inning home run gave Belmont Abbey a win in the first round of conference playoffs. Beinlich went three-for-five on Saturday and the Crusaders advance to the Conference Championship game on Sunday.

Casey Lawrence makes MLB debut
April 9, 2017

Casey Lawrence Photo Courtesy of baseball-reference.comRHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown Rockies), Photo Courtesy of baseball-reference.com

RHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown Rockies) made his first major league appearance with the Toronto Blue Jays last night and took a loss in relief.

Lawrence was an ACBL All-Star in 2008 and 2009 and signed a free agent contract with the Blue Jays in 2010 after his senior year at Albright.

He played seven years in the minor leagues and posted an 8-12 record in 28 starts at AA New Hampshire and AAA Buffalo with 168 innings pitched in 2016.

Overall he has pitched 1073 innings in the past seven years in pro ball including three stints in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Turner on Reds' Opening Day Roster
March 30, 2017

Stuart Turner Photo Courtesy of MiLB.comStuart Turner on Reds' Opening Day Roster, Photo Courtesy of MiLB.com

Catcher Stuart Turner (Mississippi, Southampton Breakers), a Rule 5 pick from the Minnesota Twins, is among seven rookies on the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster, the most rookies on an Opening Day roster since the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks.

Turner, a third round pick of the Twins in the 2013 draft, was hitting .382 this spring with a .647 slugging percentage which included two doubles, two triples and a home run in 34 at bats in 22 games.

Turner will become the 102nd former ACBL player to play in the Major Leagues.

Welhaf Tosses No-Hitter in Elon Victory
February 18, 2017

Robbie Welhaf Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie PhotographyWelhaf Tosses No-Hitter in Elon Victory, Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie Photography

Robbie Welhaf (Elon, Quakertown Blazers, 2016) put up an outstanding performance to start the 2017 season. The 2016 ACBL All-Star only faced 28 batters as he no hit Longwood in a 7-0 win for the Phoenix. In nine innings he struck out eight with one walk and a hit batter. The senior RHP threw 100 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Another former ACBL All-Star, Karl Blum (Duke, Trenton Generals, 2015-16), also had an outstanding 2017 debut as the Blue Devils lost to #8 Oregon State 6-3 on Friday. The 6-5, 230 lb. senior allowed only an infield single in four scoreless innings of relief.

Mayza invited to Toronto Blue Jays spring training
January 24, 2017
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) invited to Toronto Blue Jays spring training
LHP Tim Mayza has been assigned to the Toronto Blue Jays major league training site as non-roster invitee. Mayza posted a 2-0 record with four saves and a 1.66 ERA at Dunedin (Toronto, High A) and followed this with a successful season the the Arizona Fall League where his fastball topped out at 97 MPH. Mayza is one of four former PSAC and Blazer players who excelled in the minors last season.

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers) had a 2.45 ERA with a save at Midland (Oakland A's, AA) after being promoted from Stockton.

Infielder Dylan Tice (West Chester, Quakertown Blazers) moved up three levels and finished at West Palm Beach (St. Louis Cardinals, High A) with a .288 average.

RHP Jim McDade (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) posted a 5-1 record with a 1.59 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in the Arizona Rookie League for the San Diego Padres.

Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins
January 13, 2017

Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins

Photo Courtesy of Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

Ryan Vogelsong (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers) has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins and has been invited to Major League Spring Training.

Vogelsong, 39, has 12 seasons of big league experience with the Giants and Pirates and this will be his first entry in the American League as he contends for a spot in the starting rotation. Vogey was an All-Star in 2011 and won World Series titles with San Francisco in 2012 and 2014.

Former ACBL players Zac Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide) and Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead Tomcats) will join Vogelsong at the Twins Major League Spring Training camp in Fort Myers.

Granite, a speedy centerfielder, was the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year after putting up big numbers at AA Chattanooga which included 55 stolen bases.

Slegers, a 6-10 RHP, went 10-7 at Chattanooga with a 3.41 ERA in 145 innings.

Jersey Pilots Welcome Zachary Dreher as Field Manager
January 4, 2017
Jersey Pilots announce Zac Dreher as 2017 Field Manager
By Mike Kalb | Jersey Pilots General Manager

The Jersey Pilots are pleased to announce that Zachary Dreher will take over as field manager of the team in the 2017 season. Zachary (Zac) is assistant baseball coach at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut since 2015 and coached at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Zac also has experience as a head coach in Naugatuck Post 17 American Legion Baseball. He is a mathematics teacher in Newtown Public Schools in Newtown Connecticut. As a college player he attended Elms College and lettered as a catcher from 2011 to 2014. He was captain of the squad in 2014 and achieved All-Conference status in 2013 to 2014. While at Elms, Zac earned his BA in Secondary Education/Mathematics, with a minor in Coaching in 2014. He is completing his MS in Sports Management, with a Certificate in Athletic Administration, at Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett New Hampshire.

Please join the Pilots in welcoming Zac to the ACBL. He plans to lead the team to a successful season and turn out to be an asset to our league.




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