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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #750 on: August 22, 2016, 05:27:27 pm »
Two updates to the professional ranks in twitter:

Veglahn picked up by Toronto, Kourie signs with independent team

@UST_Baseball Big congrats to former Tommie @EricVeglahn whose contact with @StPaulSaints was purchased today by the @BlueJays !! pic.twitter.com/916lYHGY80

@MTimeBaseball Assistant Coach Jon Kourie Signs Professional Contract with @LIDucks #d3b Story: http://maritimeathletics.com/news/2016/8/19/maritime-baseball-assistant-jon-kourie-signs-professional-contract-with-long-island-ducks.aspx

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #751 on: August 29, 2016, 12:43:08 pm »
More updates via twitter:

Carlos Ruiz has been traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers for C AJ Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later. #endofanera

The Phillies have promoted former BVU Pitcher Scott Harris to high A Clearwater for the the remainder of the year. @BVUAthletics #d3b

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #752 on: August 30, 2016, 09:30:04 am »
3 DIII pitchers on the Clearwater roster right now (Bergjans, Harris, and Jeff Singer)...that's pretty awesome!

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #753 on: September 01, 2016, 03:48:18 pm »
Last weeks minor league transactions
http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/minor-league-transactions-aug-19-25-2/#zFMbvAXeo2VGVLM2.97

Traded: C Matt Foley to Braves and 2016-17 international bonus slots two and four ($725,400) to Rangers as part of three-team deal in which Marlins acquired OF Jeff Francoeur from Braves. Rangers also sent 2B Dylan Moore to Braves, and Braves sent 2016-17 international bonus slot four ($238,800) to Rangers

Traded: C Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers for RHP Tommy Bergjans and C A.J. Ellis

Righthander Tommy Bergjans went 3-13, 4.98 through 24 appearances (21 starts) at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in the Dodgers system prior to his acquisition by the Phillies. The 23-year-old projects as a reliever given his stuff and performance profile, but his strong strikeout (24.1 percent) and walk (5.2 percent) rates in the California League hint at possible upside potential.

Toronto Blue Jays Signed LHP Eric Veglahn (St. Paul (American Association))
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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #754 on: September 02, 2016, 04:52:14 pm »
Season Recap, Awards for 2016 K-Mets
The Kingsport Mets featured a number of potential players of the future the Mets have to look forward to

Rookie of the Year

A number of first-year players drafted out of college made strides in their debut season of professional baseball in Kingsport, but none stood out quite like the recipient of this award. Jeremy Wolf was a hole-in-one, a slam dunk if you will, for the 2016 Kingsport Mets Rookie of the Year.

Drafted out of Trinity University at the Division III level in the 31st round a couple of months ago, Wolf was obviously not thought to be a high-rated prospect within the organization. Though Wolf accomplished just about everything you could at the level he played at in college, which included an All-American campaign, Region and Conference Player of the Year statuses, and all importantly, a national championship, Wolf was given a chance to see what he could do at the rookie level.

After a slow start to the season, Wolf really came into his own and finished the year with a team-high five home runs and 33 RBIs. A final .288 hitter in 49 games, Wolf's averaged soared over .300 at times this season, but it was his power and production that kept him in the middle of Kingsport's lineup each and every time he started a contest.

Drafted as an outfielder, Wolf played in only one game in right field and spent the rest of the 48 contests as the club's first baseman or designated-hitter. The slugger was the lone K-Met all season to hit a grand slam and tallied a couple of four-hit contests throughout the season. 

Wolf's maturity and patience certainly paid off in his first professional baseball season. Look for this player to continue to grow at a level beyond the Appalachian League at the start of next season.

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #755 on: September 02, 2016, 07:04:59 pm »
DHing in the Appy League is not a great sign.

Wolf is also over age for the Appy League. Average age in that league is 20 and Wolf was more than 22 1/2. So like the difference between a senior and a freshman. If he's not putting up numbers there, he wouldn't last long.

He really needs to be playing High A next year, which means Florida State League, which means the lowest scoring league in American baseball. He'll still be over age there, but not by nearly as much. On the plus side, St. Lucie is a lot more interesting than Kingsport.

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #756 on: September 10, 2016, 11:14:22 pm »
Jordan Zimmermann returned to the mound today after his second stint on the DL.  It was even worse than his first return (his previous worst start as a Tiger) - he gave up SIX earned runs while getting THREE outs. :o  He was pulled in the second after a walk, a HR, and another walk and a single (his first hit that stayed in the park! ::)) - he yielded three HRs on the day.

I'd highly recommend that the Tigers give him the rest of the year off, and pray that sufficient off-season rest will finally restore him to what he was at the start of this season.  I realize that he was never really as good as he teased us with in April, but right now he is worse than useless.  I have not lost hope than he can still be a good acquisition for the Tigers once he has FULLY healed.

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #757 on: September 13, 2016, 01:40:34 pm »
DHing in the Appy League is not a great sign.

Sitting is the Appy League is the bad sign and I would not describe Wolf as a DH as he started more than half the games this season for Kingsport.  Kingsport has several players at 1B and getting in the game is essential as a fielder or DH.  Wolf is learning a new position and I would not be surprised if he ends up in fall instructional play.

Wolf played 38 games at 1B, 1 in RF, and 11 at DH.

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #758 on: September 14, 2016, 04:13:12 pm »
DHing in the Appy League is not a great sign.

Wolf is also over age for the Appy League. Average age in that league is 20 and Wolf was more than 22 1/2. So like the difference between a senior and a freshman. If he's not putting up numbers there, he wouldn't last long.

He really needs to be playing High A next year, which means Florida State League, which means the lowest scoring league in American baseball. He'll still be over age there, but not by nearly as much. On the plus side, St. Lucie is a lot more interesting than Kingsport.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160902&content_id=199136336&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t506&sid=t506

Being named Rookie of the Year for the team is a really bad sign...just anothe stupid comment from ElRet...stay hot kid

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #759 on: September 18, 2016, 11:29:34 pm »

Being named Rookie of the Year for the team is a really bad sign.

Now every one in that league is eligible.

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #760 on: October 01, 2016, 03:29:46 am »
DHing in the Appy League is not a great sign.

Wolf is also over age for the Appy League. Average age in that league is 20 and Wolf was more than 22 1/2. So like the difference between a senior and a freshman. If he's not putting up numbers there, he wouldn't last long.

He really needs to be playing High A next year, which means Florida State League, which means the lowest scoring league in American baseball. He'll still be over age there, but not by nearly as much. On the plus side, St. Lucie is a lot more interesting than Kingsport.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160902&content_id=199136336&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t506&sid=t506

Being named Rookie of the Year for the team is a really bad sign...just anothe stupid comment from ElRet...stay hot kid

When you're one of the oldest players on the team, shouldn't this be somewhat expected? Like you expect your seniors to lead you on a college team.

Son, I've forgotten more about the Appy League than you ever knew, so strap in. The difference between an 18-19 year old in that league (or even younger) and a 22-23 year old is absolutely huge. Miguel Sano was born the same year as Wolf, and was an all-star in the Appy League FIVE years ago.

Appy League teams are about the same age as college teams, even younger in some cases.

There's a reason Cespedes is the prospect. Several, actually. Worth noting that NO ONE from Kingsport even made the all league team this year.

There's also a reason that Kingsport hasn't won the Appy League in more than 20 years. The Mets don't tend to put most of their best players there, and tend to promote them out quickly if they do start the year there, as opposed to Elizabethton where the Twins often will roll their best guys through there because they don't have a short-season A league team. Neither do the Braves, which tends to mean Danville gets high quality prospects (Adam Wainwright, a bonus baby, finished his first pro year in Danville after beasting the GCL for a month or so; I and about 8 other non-participants got to see his first start). The Mets' NY Penn League team draws more than 5000 a game and some seasons has been over 6000, one of the highest averages below AAA (Dayton and Frisco kind of blow apart the curve here).

So merely even playing a full season in Kingsport as an overage player is not a great sign in the Mets organization in particular. The only Appy League all star from Kingsport that ended up playing in the MLB in the last 20 years is Wilmer Flores, who was 16 years old and skipped Brooklyn and went straight to the Sally league at 17.

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #761 on: October 01, 2016, 03:59:09 am »
DHing in the Appy League is not a great sign.

Sitting is the Appy League is the bad sign and I would not describe Wolf as a DH as he started more than half the games this season for Kingsport.  Kingsport has several players at 1B and getting in the game is essential as a fielder or DH.  Wolf is learning a new position and I would not be surprised if he ends up in fall instructional play.

Wolf played 38 games at 1B, 1 in RF, and 11 at DH.

Sitting guys doesn't so much happen in the Appy League. The D-Braves had 18 position players get 50+ ABs and 20 pitchers get at least 11 innings. The K Mets had 15 and 19, respectively. Max roster size at any time is 35, so that's most everyone, and that's pretty typical. Looks like the main difference is the K Mets had a few guys truly embarrass themselves at the plate in limited action (probably kids that got sent back down to Florida).

Being moved to first in rookie ball at 22-23 years old is not really any better of a sign. If they moved him from the OF to 1B, it's because they don't think he's a good enough athlete or good enough arm to play OF, so they hide him somewhere that he can't do too much damage in the field -- 1B or DH, basically the same thing as far hiding someone goes. That's not really a way to move through the gears in the minors, especially when the Mets have Dom Smith in AA and 2016 2nd rounder Peter Alonso in Brooklyn (see, if you're a real prospect drafted from college for the Mets you play in Brooklyn).

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #762 on: May 07, 2017, 10:01:43 pm »
Jordan Zimmermann (UWSP) is off to a fairly rough start on 2017: 6.21 ERA, though he is 3-1 due to phenomenal run support (unlike most Tigers starters :().  Some Tigers fans are already calling for his head, but I remain a hopeful fan.  April 2016 was a total mirage (0.55 ERA, 5-0), but I am still convinced he can be an innings-eater with an ERA of 3 or 4-something.

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Re: BB: D-3 Players in minor leagues/MLB
« Reply #763 on: June 15, 2017, 12:39:53 pm »
Justin Jirschele (UW Stevens Point) now the Manager for the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox single-A)!

http://www.salisburypost.com/2017/04/06/intimidators-manager-justin-jirschele-youngest-baseball/

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