2020 Diamond Notes

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Jordan DiValerio Signs with Boston Red Sox
June 16, 2020

Jordan DiValerio Signs with Boston Red Sox
Jordan DiValerio Photo Courtesy of Sideline Photos, LLC

Jordan DiValerio (Saint Joseph’s University, Quakertown Blazers) signed a free agent contact with Boston Red Sox on Sunday morning, the first day that NDFAs could sign after the MLB 2020 Amateur Draft. This spring the 6-1, 200 lb. RHP posted a 3-1 record with a 2.38 ERA across four starts in the shortened season. Two of his wins were earned in Hawk victories over Coastal Carolina and Ohio State. His 33 strikeouts and three victories tied him for the Atlantic 10 lead in both categories.

In 2017 DiValerio posted a 1-0 record for the Blazers over five starts and 25 innings. He struck out 24 with nine base on balls while posting a 2.80 ERA and was #8 on the ACBL Top Prospect List for 2017.

2020 ACBL Season has been cancelled
May 30, 2020

ACBL Officially Cancels 2020 Season


ACBL COVID-19 Update
May 1, 2020

The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) on April 30th took further action in remaining optimistic for a 2020 College Summer Baseball Season. The 2020 Summer Season Opener has been delayed til July 1st.

The ACBL plans to make a formal decision no later than May 31st on whether to proceed forward or cancel the season altogether. The ACBL to date has a model in place that would accommodate a 30 game schedule plus Playoffs.

Over the upcoming weeks, The ACBL will be assessing all information and guidance provided by health officials and our local authorities to ensure the safety of all league participants. We all want nothing more than to commence our summer baseball season; I would encourage everyone to check back regularly to receive the latest updates as this situation continues to evolve.

Stay Safe, Stay Clean
Angelo Fiore
Commissioner


NACSB April 8th Statement on COVID-19
April 9, 2020

The National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) is monitoring developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect summer baseball for our member leagues. We are engaging in regular alliance discussions as well as conversations with our partners at Major League Baseball.

The NACSB covers many different states and regions of the country. With states individually handling the bulk of the response and restrictions that are put in place, each league is faced with a different set of circumstances and unique challenges due to this pandemic.

Due to vast uncertainty about when the pandemic will safely pass and when social distancing requirements may be loosened, it is difficult to predict what kind of summer baseball season there will be this year. We expect to receive more guidance about this in the coming weeks. Each league is prepared with different contingency plans should it be deemed safe to host games.

Each summer the NACSB is home to over 4,500 college baseball players who hail from over 900 schools. Our leagues share a singular goal of helping college baseball players get back on the diamond this summer in preparation for the next college season or possibly a future in professional baseball. To achieve this, we encourage you to follow federal, state, and local orders. Stay safe, be patient, and please stay home.

The NACSB is an alliance of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball. Members of the NACSB provide a platform for elite college baseball players to compete at a high level. Players are bound by NCAA eligibility and are sent to each member league by their college coach. Member leagues include: Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, California Collegiate League, Cape Cod Baseball League, Florida Collegiate Summer League, Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, New York Collegiate Baseball League, Southern Collegiate Baseball League, Sunbelt Baseball League, Valley Baseball League.

Higgins and Singer impress in MLB spring training
March 18, 2020

Twenty-five former ACBL players participated in the abbreviated MLB spring training season.

Catcher/third baseman P.J. Higgins (ODU, Lehigh Valley Catz) hit .320, eight-for-25, with two home runs and seven RBIs for the Chicago Cubs.

LHP Jeff Singer (Rutgers-Camden, Trenton Generals) faced four batters in two relief appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies and struck out all four while picking up a save.

ACBL Message Addressing Covid-19
March 16, 2020

During these unprecedented times we want to let you know that as a Summer Collegiate Baseball League, the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) is committed to providing a safe outlet for competitive baseball. We will be closely monitoring The Covid-19 situation at hand and if we can present a safe environment for competition we look forward to doing so.

We urge everyone to take all necessary precautions for yourself and your families.

The ACBL

Bishop and Alazaus lead teams to wins at D-2 level
March 9, 2020

Shortstop Collin Bishop (Kutztown, Trenton, 2018) posted eight RBIs and two home runs as Kutztown University took two of three from Salem University this weekend. After nine games Bishop tops the PSAC in batting average (.581), slugging average (1.065), RBIs (22) and home runs (four).

Brant Alazaus (Walsh, Allentown, 2020) did not allow an earned run over nine innings as Walsh University defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 4-1 on Sunday. The sophomore left-hander struck out 10 with one walk. For the season he has 20 strikeouts and one walk in nineteen innings with a 2-0 record for the Cavaliers.

Scafidi pitches Penn to win over FIU
March 8, 2020

RHP Christian Scafidi (U of Pa., South Jersey) tossed a complete game and allowed no earned runs as the Quakers defeated Florida International University 4-1 on Friday.

Scafidi posted 11 strikeouts and no walks while improving to 2-0 on the season. First baseman Craig Larsen (U of Pa., Ocean Gulls) chipped in with two hits for Penn.

RHP Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown) turned in his third consecutive quality start by allowing only one run over seven innings as the Wildcats defeated Bucknell 8-2. First baseman Ryan Toohers (Villanova, Jersey) topped the Villanova offense with three RBIs, three hits and a home run.

Junior RHP Nick LePre (Wagner, North Jersey) earned his first victory of the season by throwing 4.2 innings of scoreless relief as Wagner defeated Marist 10-9 in twelve innings.

RHP Stephen Aldrich (Monmouth, Quakertown) earned a save by not allowing a run or hit over two innings of relief as Monmouth defeated George Washington 4-2 on Sunday.

DiValerio posts third consecutive quality start
March 1, 2020

RHP Jordan DiValerio (Saint Joseph’s, Quakertown) allowed no earned runs over six innings as the Hawks defeated North Carolina Central 5-1 on Friday. The 6-3 senior improved to 3-0 on the season while striking out ten with two walks.

The Penn Quakers opened up their season with a 10-7 win over Kennesaw State. Christian Scafidi (U of Pa., South Jersey) did not allow an earned run over six innings to earn the victory. Craig Larsen (U of Pa., Ocean Gulls) contributed to the offense as he went 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and a pair of walks.

On Sunday there were several outstanding pitching performances. LHP Tevin Murray (Rutgers, Allentown) did not allow an earned run over 5.1 innings to pick up the win as Rutgers defeated Washington State 6-1. Parker Scott (Rutgers, North Jersey) added 3.1 scoreless innings to pick up his second save.

LHP Frank Doelling (Rider, Trenton) allowed one earned run in seven innings as the Broncs defeated James Madison 3-2. Vince Vitacco (Rider, Staten Island) notched the save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Josh Kopcza (Binghamton, Allentown) tossed six scoreless innings to gain the win as the Bearcats defeated Longwood 11-4. Dominic Buonadonna (Binghamton, Allentown) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first collegiate save.

Jeff Singer earns save for Phillies
February 24, 2020

On Sunday LHP Jeff Singer (Rutgers-Camden, Trenton Generals) entered the game in the ninth inning with the Philadelphia Phillies leading the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 with two outs and runners on first and second base. Singer then struck out the Pirate batter on three pitches to record the save. Singer is one of six former ACBL players assigned to MLB teams over the past three days for spring training games.

Outfielder Narciso Crook (Rowan-Gloucester, Trenton Generals) was assigned to the Cincinnati Reds while catcher Alex Kowalczyk (Pitt, Quakertown Blazers) was assigned to the Texas Rangers.

RHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown Rockies) was assigned to the Minnesota Twins. RHP Brian McKenna (Post, North Jersey Eagles) and RHP Matt Swarmer (Kutztown, Allentown Railers) were assigned to the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs respectively.

Former ACBL players help Rutgers sweep
February 23, 2020

Several former ACBL players played key roles as Rutgers swept North Florida by the scores of 14-3, 16-4 and 7-6 this weekend.

Shortstop Danny DiGeorgio (North Jersey, Staten Island ,New York) posted four hits on Friday while LHP Harry Rutkowski (Trenton) allowed two runs over seven innings to get the win.

On Saturday DiGeorgio had three hits with three RBIs while Tommy Genuario (North Jersey) put up a quality start to earn the win. Parker Scott (North Jersey) allowed one run over three innings to obtain the save.

LHP Tevin Murray (Allentown) notched the win in the finale by allowing three runs over five innings. Kyle Muller (Trenton) pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

Freshman Grant Shulman (Ocean Gulls) added three hits in five at bats to the Rutgers offense in the series.

LHP Frank Doelling (Rider, Trenton) was outstanding as the Broncs defeated East Tennessee State University on Saturday. Doelling allowed only one run and three hits over seven innings in the 7-4 win. He struck out nine with one walk to pick up his first win of the season.

ACBL players shine on Opening Day
February 15, 2020

Several former ACBL players put up outstanding performances as the NCAA D-1 baseball season opened on Friday.

Justin Fall (Arizona State, Ocean Gulls, 2018), the Top ACBL Prospect in 2018, tossed six shutout innings as the third-ranked Sun Devils defeated Villanova 4-1 in their home opener. The 6-6 LHP struck out six and allowed three hits.

Evan Bergman (High Point, North Jersey Eagles, 2019-20) went four-for-four with five RBIs including a sac fly as the Panthers defeated Lafayette 16-8. Bergman played first base and had two doubles plus a triple.

Jordan DiValerio (Saint Joseph’s, Quakertown Blazers, 2017) did not allow an earned run over five innings as the Hawks defeated Ohio State 7-3 in the Sunbird Classic. The 6-3 senior RHP struck out nine and allowed only one hit to pick up the win.

Former ACBL players ready for MLB spring training
February 11, 2020

Veteran shortstop Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) tops the list of former ACBL players at MLB spring training sites in 2020. The two-time Gold Glove shortstop played in 158 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019 and posted a .254 average with nineteen home runs, 82 RBIs and a .753 OPS. This is the current list of players at MLB spring training sites including Non-Roster Invitees.

PITCHERS
Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor) RHP Kansas City Royals
Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown) RHP Oakland A’s
Cody Carroll (Southern Miss, Center Moriches) RHP Baltimore Orioles
Kyle McGowin (Savannah St. Sag Harbor) RHP Washington Nationals
Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead) RHP, NRI New York Yankees
Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead) RHP, NRI Tampa Bay Rays
Zack Godley (Tennessee, Southampton) RHP NRI Detroit Tigers

CATCHERS
Seby Zavala (San Diego St. Riverhead) Chicago White Sox
Nick Dini (Wagner, Center Moriches) NRI Kansas City Royals
P.J. Higgins (ODU, Lehigh Valley) NRI Chicago Cubs

INFIELDERS
Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) Arizona Diamondbacks
Frank Schwindel (St. John’s, Riverhead) NRI Detroit Tigers

OUTFIELDERS
Zack Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island) NRI New York Yankees
Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island) NRI Toronto Blue Jays

Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown) is currently in rehab after arm surgery. The left-handed reliever topped the Toronto Blue Jays with 18 holds in 2019. RHPs Matt Festa (East Stroudsburg, Staten Island) and Heath Fillmyer (Mercer CC, Trenton) had been designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals respectively. Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown) recently signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.




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