Archive for September 2010

Josue Carreno named 19th best prospect in NYPL

September 28, 2010

Josue Carreno

Baseball America named Connecticut Tigers right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno the 19th best prospect in the New York-Penn League for the 2010 season.

Carreno is the only Connecticut Tiger to make Baseball America’s list of the league’s top 20 prospects.

Auburn Doubledays catcher Carlos Perez tops the list as the NYPL’s best prospect.  Third baseman Mike Kvasnicka is the only member of the championship-winning Tri-City Valleycats to make the list.  He is ranked 14th.

The full list is available here.

Four former CT Tigers will play winter ball

September 23, 2010

The Detroit Tigers announced player assignments  for the 2010-2011 winter ball season Thursday.

Former Connecticut Tigers right-handed pitchers Miguel Mejia, Luiz Sanz, Michael Torrealba and Robbie Weinhardt were among the players assigned to winter league teams.

Mejia and Weinhardt will play in Puerto Rico for the Gigantes de Carolina and the Senadores de San Juan respectively.  Sanz and Torrealba will play in Venezuela for the Leones del Caracas and the Tiburones de La Guaira respectively.

Here is the full list of Tigers participating in winter ball:

3B Audy Ciriaco-Dominican Republic-Escogido
OF Andy Dirks-Dominican Republic-Azucareos/Toros
OF Alexis Espinoza-Venezuela-Caribes
RHP Alfredo Figaro-Dominican Republic-Estrellas
OF Jeff Frazier-Dominican Republic-Estrellas
OF Avisail Garcia-Venezuela-Caribes
OF Edwin Gomez-Puerto Rico-Criollas
RHP Enrique Gonzalez-Venezuela-Tiburones
RHP Ryan Ketchner-Dominican Republic-Estrellas
INF Max Leon-Mexico-Tomateros
RHP Luis Marte-Dominican Republic-Escogido
RHP Miguel Mejia-Puerto Rico-Giants
OF Aldo Navia-Columbia-Aquilas
SS Gustavo Nunez-Dominican Republic-Escogido
RHP Lester Oliveros-Venezuela-Caribes
RHP Jose Ortega-Venezuela-Magallanes
LHP Wilfredo Ramirez-Venezuela-Tiburones
INF Ramon Santiago-Dominican Republic-Gigantes
RHP Luis Sanz-Venezuela-Leones
RHP Michael Torrealba-Venezuela-Tiburones
RHP Brayan Villarreal-Venezuela-Caribes
RHP Thad Weber-Venezuela-Leones
RHP Robbie Weinhardt-Puerto Rico-Senadores
OF Casper Wells-Puerto Rico-Senadores

Season in review: Miguel Mejia

September 16, 2010

Miguel Mejia did not join the Connecticut Tigers until July, but he quickly established himself as one of team’s most important pitchers while serving in a variety of roles.

Miguel Mejia proved to be a valuable and versatile reliever for the CT Tigers

Mejia made two spot starts with Connecticut and appeared in 11 games out of the bullpen, mostly as a long reliever.  He finished the season with a 1.02 ERA in 35.1 innings pitched.  A .231 batting average on balls in play contributed to Mejia’s sterling ERA, but his strong strikeout rate (8.41 SO/9) and 2.89 FIP indicate his excellent performance with Connecticut was not simply a fluke.

Mejia does not possess overwhelming stuff, but his four-pitch arsenal was good enough for him to succeed in the New York-Penn League.  Mejia’s fastball sits at 87-90 mph and touches 91.  He also throws a low 80s slider, a slower low-to-mid 70s curveball and a changeup.

Valleycats crowned NYPL champions

September 14, 2010

Carlos Quevedo throws a pitch on June 18, 2010 (Mike McMahon / The Record)

The Tri-City Valleycats won the 2010 New York-Penn League championship Tuesday after defeating the Brooklyn Cyclones 5-1 in the second game of the best of three championship series.

Valleycats starting pitcher Carlos Quevedo earned the win, allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings pitched.

Second baseman Enrique Hernandez went 3-4 with a double, a walk and two runs batted in.

The win capped an interesting season for the Valleycats, who snuck into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season by beating out the Connecticut Tigers for the Stedler Division crown.

Cyclones and Valleycats to vie for NYPL crown

September 10, 2010

The Brooklyn Cyclones and Tri-City Valleycats advanced to the New York-Penn League championship series after defeating the Jamestown Jammers and the Batavia Muckdogs respectively.

The best of three championship series will begin Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Troy, N.Y.

Season in review: P.J. Polk

September 9, 2010

Despite being hampered by hamstring and ankle injuries, P.J. Polk managed to steal 29 bases for the Connecticut Tigers in 2010, which was good for third most in the New York-Penn League.  Polk’s plus-plus speed also helped his batting average, as he was able to beat out a large number of infield singles throughout the course of the season.

P.J. Polk finished third in the NYPL with 29 stolen bases

Offensively, Polk relied on his speed and on-base ability to be an effective lead-off hitter.  He led the team with a .343 on-base percentage, despite striking out 52 times in 270 plate appearances. He did not hit for much power, posting a .089 ISO with two home runs.

Polk has a slender 5-foot-9 frame and does not project to hit for much power in the future, so he will have to cut down on his strikeouts to be a productive offensive player as he moves up the minor league ladder.

Defensively, he has excellent range, below-average arm strength and the ability to play center field and left field.

CT Tigers in Florida Instructional League

September 8, 2010

Julio Rodriguez is heading to Lakeland

Fifteen players who suited up with the Connecticut Tigers this season will head to Lakeland, Fla. for Florida Instructional League according to the FIL roster printed by the Detroit Free Press.

Florida Instructional League, which begins September 14, allows minor league ballplayers to develop their skills under the watchful eyes of the Tigers’ player development staff.

Among the former Connecticut Tigers scheduled to participate are catcher Julio Rodriguez, infielders James Robbins, Alexander Nunez and Dixon Machado, outfielders P.J. Polk and Jeff Rowland and pitchers Josue Carreno, Patrick Cooper, Antonio Cruz, Jeff Ferrell, Ramon Lebron, Matt Little, Wilsen Palacios, Shawn Teufel and Michael Torrealba.