2021 Diamond Notes

Trivino and Mayza build on spring training success
April 14, 2021

Trivino,Mayza and Palacios post outstanding peformances

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RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakerown Blazers, 2011) and LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers,2011) have continued their spring training dominance of hitters as both closed out wins on Tuesday.

Trivino tossed a 12 pitch scoreless ninth inning to get the save as the Oakland A’s defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. In seven games over 8.2 innings Trivino has posted a 1.04 ERA and allowed only one hit with nine strikeouts. He has a WHIP of 0.69 and opponents are hitting .074.

Mayza tossed an eleven pitch scoreless ninth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 7-3. In five games over 3.1 innings Mayza has a 0.00 ERA with no walks and five strikeouts. Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) put the Blue Jays on the board with a two run single in the second inning and is currently hitting .385.

Roche gets another win for F&M
April 13, 2021

Kyle Roche (Ocean Gulls, 2019) improved his record to 4-0 on Saturday when Franklin & Marshall defeated McDaniel 3-1 as Roche allowed one earned run over seven innings.

The 6-8 junior allowed three hits with two walks and eleven strikeouts. In 24 innings Roche has posted a 0.75 ERA with three walks and 33 strikeouts.

He was named Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week (March 29 - April 4) and tops the conference in wins, ERA and strikeouts.

Matt Devlin (Jersey Pilots, 2019) has also started four games for the Diplomats with a 2-2 record. The senior LHP has a 5.85 ERA with seven walks and 26 strikeouts over 20 innings.

Fall pitching well at ASU
April 12, 2021
Justin Fall pitching well at ASU
Justin Fall (Brookdale CC, Arizona State, Ocean Gulls, 2018) posted his third consecutive quality start as the Sun Devils defeated the University of Washington 8-1 on Saturday. Fall, the Top ACBL prospect in 2018, allowed one earned run and six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings. The 6-5 LHP improved his record to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.95.

Matt Svanson (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2018) allowed one run in 4.2 innings as Lehigh defeated Bucknell on Saturday. The 6-5 RHP was prospect #8 on the 2018 ACBL list and has a 3-2 record in seven starts over 37.1 innings. His ERA is 2.45 with a 1.05 WHIP and he has 11 walks and with 42 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .206.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown Blazers, 2018), the #9 prospect on the 2018 ACBL list, has a 4-2 record for the Wildcats with a 3.83 ERA in seven starts over 42.1 innings. He has posted 22 walks and 55 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .192.

Palacios has big game for Blue Jays
April 11, 2021

Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) may have been hitless in his MLB debut on Friday, but he sure turned things around quickly on Saturday as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Los Angeles Angels 15-1.

Palacios’ first major league hit was a perfect bunt down the third-base line. He then went four-for-four with one walk, one RBI and four runs scored. He became the third player in the modern-era to collect four-plus hits and score four-plus runs in one of his first two games.

Palacios makes MLB debut
April 10, 2021

Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) was recalled from the Toronto Blue Jays alternate training site and was hitless in three at bats in the Blue Jays 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Palacios was a fourth round draft selection of the Blue Jays in the 2016 MLB Draft and hit .353 in spring training with a .706 slugging average and becomes the 117th former ACBL player to play in Major League baseball.

RHP Kyle McGowin (Savannah State, Sag Harbor) was recalled from the Washington Nationals alternate training site on April 6 and has not allowed a hit or run in two relief appearances over 2.1 innings.

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers) posted a hold last night with a scoreless eighth inning as the Oakland A’s defeated the Houston Astros 6-2.

Ahmed and Slegers ready for Opening Day
March 31, 2021

Former ACBL All-Stars, Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) and Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead) reportedly are ready for opening day in the Major Leagues after battling some injuries this spring.

The veteran shortstop Ahmed was bothered by right knee soreness and returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup on March 26.

Slegers, a 6-10, RHP, will fill the last bullpen slot for the Los Angeles Angels according to former ACBL player and current Angels’ field manager, Joe Maddon. Slegers returned on March 24 after being out with back spasms for three weeks. Slegers made five appearances this spring and did not allow a run in six innings with a 0.67 WHIP and opponent average of .143.

Trivino and Mayza post outstanding performances
March 29, 2021

Trivino and Mayza post outstanding peformances

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) and Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers,2011) did not allow a run this spring and were nearly unhittable for the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays respectively.

Trivino only allowed one hit in seven relief appearances over 7 1/3 innings. The 6-5 RHP struck out eight with a save. His WHIP was 0.55 and opponents hit .043 against him. Trivino’s role may be as a potential multi-inning weapon out of the A’s bullpen.

Mayza is coming off Tommy John surgery in late 2019 and also allowed only one hit in seven appearances over 6 2/3 innings with a win. He struck out six while posting a 0.45 WHIP and opponent batting average of .048. Mayza may assume his prior role of the “go to lefty” out of the Blue Jays bullpen. In 2019 he topped the Blue Jays with 68 appearances.

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.

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