2011 Schedule Released

Posted October 27, 2010 by Stephen Hamel
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The New York-Penn League released its schedule for the 2011 season Wednesday.

The Connecticut Tigers will open their season on the road with a three-game series against the Lowell Spinners June 17-19.  The Tigers’ home opener is scheduled for June 20 against the defending champion Tri-City Valleycats.

Stedler Division rivals Tri-City, Lowell and Vermont will all make multiple trips to Dodd Stadium in 2011.  Other teams who will play the Tigers at Dodd include the Brooklyn Cyclones, Williamsport Crosscutters, Batavia Muckdogs, Jamestown Jammers, Staten Island Yankees, Aberdeen IronBirds and Hudson Valley Renegades.

The Auburn Doubledays, Mahoning Valley Scrappers and State College Spikes will not play the Tigers at Dodd Stadium during the 2011 regular season.

The 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star game is scheduled for August 16 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

Here is a link to the full 2011 New York-Penn League schedule.

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Four former CT Tigers released

Posted October 14, 2010 by Stephen Hamel
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TigsTown.com’s Mark Anderson is reporting that the Tigers have released former Connecticut Tigers Tyson Kendrick, Chris Sedon, Chao-Ting Tang and Londell Taylor.

Season in review: Julio Rodriguez

Posted October 1, 2010 by Stephen Hamel
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Julio Rodriguez led the Connecticut Tigers with a .270 batting average in 2010, but his most important contributions to the team may have come on defense.

Julio Rodriguez

As Connecticut’s starting catcher, Rodriguez gunned down 31.3 percent (20 out of 64) of would-be basestealers and allowed only five passed balls.  He displayed a strong arm and quick feet behind the plate and was not afraid to throw behind baserunners in an attempt to pick them off first or second base.  He also showed good ability as a receiver.

Offensively, Rodriguez occasionally flashed good power to the gaps, but he was primarily a singles hitter during his time with Connecticut, finishing the season with a .270/.317/.360 slash line.

Like many catchers, Rodriguez’s well below-average speed is his weakest tool.

Josue Carreno named 19th best prospect in NYPL

Posted September 28, 2010 by Stephen Hamel
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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

Posted September 23, 2010 by Stephen Hamel
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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

Posted September 16, 2010 by Stephen Hamel
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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

Posted September 14, 2010 by Stephen Hamel
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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.