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Andrew Graham will manage CT Tigers in 2011

October 28, 2010 is reporting that former minor league catcher Andrew Graham will replace Howard Bushong as the Connecticut Tigers manager in 2011.

Howard Bushong will not return in 2011

This will be the 28-year-old Graham’s first professional managerial assignment.  He spent last season as the Tigers’ minor league catching coordinator, while also serving as the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Tigers.

Graham spent five seasons in the minor leagues as a player, all with the Tigers organization.  He reached Triple A in 2007, appearing in 36 games with the Toledo Mud Hens.

The Sydney, Australia native played for Australia in both the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Graham’s coaching staff includes Jorge Cordova and Scott Dwyer, who will return as Connecticut’s pitching and hitting coaches respectively.  Athletic trainer T.J. Saunders will move up to the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2011.  His replacement has not been announced.


2011 Schedule Released

October 27, 2010

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.

Season in review: Julio Rodriguez

October 1, 2010

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.

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: 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.

Connecticut Tigers pitching leaders

September 7, 2010

Earned Run Average

1. Brennan Smith- 3.38
2. Rayni Guichardo- 3.86
3. Clemente Mendoza- 4.61


1. Clemente Mendoza- 1.32
2. Brennan Smith- 1.33
3. Josue Carreno- 1.51


1. Josue Carreno- 59
2. Brennan Smith- 58
3. Clemente Mendoza- 56

Innings Pitched

1. Clemente Mendoza- 84.0
2. Brennan Smith- 69.1
3. Josue Carreno- 64.1