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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.

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Tigers take two

August 5, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers took a big step forward in the Stedler Division standings Wednesday after winning both ends of a doubleheader against the Hudson Valley Renegades.  The wins moved the Tigers to just a half of a game behind the division-leading Vermont Lake Monsters.

Both games were tight contests that ended with identical 2-1 scores.

Patrick Lawson earned the win in game one

Tigers pitcher Patrick Lawson earned the win in game one, allowing one run on five hits in five innings pitched.  The performance continued his string of excellent starts since moving into the rotation in place of Patrick Cooper, who was promoted to West Michigan on July 29.

Alexander Nunez got the Tigers offense going in game one with a fourth inning double to the left center field gap.  Nunez scored one play later on a Josh Ashenbrenner triple down the right field line.

Eric Roof added to the Tigers’ lead with a chopper that bounced over the head of Renegades first baseman Phil Wunderlich and into right field for an RBI single.

The Renegades scored a run in the top of the fifth inning and would have tied the game if Tigers shortstop Ryan Soares had not made a perfect relay throw to nail Kyle Lusson out at the plate.

After securing the victory in game one, the Tigers took an early lead in the second game of the doubleheader when Ryan Enos hustled around the bases for a first inning run.  Enos got on first with a single, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Josh Ashenbrenner scored a run in both games Wednesday

The Renegades responded with a run in the second inning when Nicholas Schwaner scored on an RBI single from Elias Otero.  Otero hit a hard grounder up the middle that shot passed the outstretched glove of diving shortstop Brett Anderson.

The Tigers regained the lead in the fourth inning after a James Robbins RBI double that put the Tigers ahead for good.

After allowing one run in five strong innings of work, Tigers starting pitcher Miguel Mejia gave way to Tyler White, who notched three strikeouts in two scoreless innings to earn the save.

The Tigers and Renegades will continue their series at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday.  Rayni Guichardo (3-2, 4.15) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by James Patterson (1-1, 4.50) of the Renegades.

Patrick Cooper promoted to West Michigan

July 29, 2010

Cooper is moving up to the Midwest League

Right-handed pitcher Patrick Cooper was promoted from the Connecticut Tigers to the West Michigan Whitecaps Thursday.

He will replace Giovanni Soto, who was traded to the Indians for Jhonny Peralta, in the Whitecaps’ starting rotation.

Cooper had a 3.91 ERA, 24 strikeouts and seven walks in 23.0 innings pitched with Connecticut.  His arsenal includes a fastball that sits between 88 and 91 mph, a slider and a changeup.

Tigers take series with 2-1 win

July 16, 2010

With one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the first inning, Connecticut Tigers designated hitter Matt Perry hit a routine ground ball to State College Spikes second baseman Andy Vazquez.  With Josh Ashenbrenner bearing down on second base, Vazquez hurriedly flipped the ball wide of shortstop Walker Gourley and into the outfield.

Connecticut Tigers pitcher Patrick Cooper allowed 1 run in 6 innings of work

The error allowed Alexander Nunez to score and moved Ashenbrenner to third base.

Had Vazquez made the play, the Spikes might have turned an inning-ending double play and cruised to a 1-0 victory at Dodd Stadium Friday night.  Instead, the error allowed Nunez to score and kept the inning alive for the Tigers.

Ashenbrenner would score shortly after on a sacrifice fly by Julio Rodriguez and the Tigers went on to win 2-1 in a game that lasted only one hour and thirty-nine minutes.  The game was so quick that it was barely dark enough for the post-game fireworks.

Tigers starting pitcher Patrick Cooper was excellent in the victory, notching seven strikeouts and allowing only one run on two hits through six innings.  His fastball sat 88-90 mph and he mixed in a slider and changeup.

Michael Torrealba pitched the final three innings for the Tigers and earned a save for his effort.  He notched four strikeouts and continued his domination of the New York-Penn League, setting up hitters with a 92-93 mph fastball and inducing them to swing and miss at his high 80s slider.

The Tigers will travel to Fishkill, N.Y. for a three-game series against the Hudson Valley Renegades beginning on Saturday.  Rayni Guichardo (1-1, 4.57) is scheduled to start Saturday for the Tigers.

Tigers celebrate 4th of July with 6-1 victory

July 4, 2010

The Connecticut Tigers offense provided plenty of fireworks in the Tigers’ 6-1 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Independence Day.

The Tigers finished the game with a season high 14 hits.  Ryan Enos and Matt Perry led the charge with three hits apiece and Brett Anderson hit his second home run of the season.

Matt Mansilla had a rough day offensively, going 0-4 with a strikeout, but he made up for it on the defensive end with a difficult sliding catch in left field.

Connecticut Tigers outfielder Chao-Ting Tang scores a run in the 2nd inning

The Tigers offense was aided by sloppy defense from the Scrappers, which allowed the Tigers to score three unearned runs off of Scrappers starting pitcher Kirk Wetmore.

Tigers starting pitcher Patrick Cooper earned the win in his first start of the season.  Cooper allowed two walks in the first inning, but wiggled out of the jam unscathed.  He allowed a run in the second after a Carlos Moncrief triple and a Brian Heere single, but that was the only run the Scrappers would score all game.  Cooper finished with a final line of 5.0 innings pitched, two hits, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.

Patrick Lawson pitched three shutout innings in relief of Cooper and Kevan Hess struck out the side in the ninth inning to end the game.

The Tigers play the Scrappers again on Monday at 7:05 p.m.  Left-handed pitcher Rayni Guichardo (1-0, 7.50) is expected to start for the Tigers.

Click here for a link to the box score.

Check out the Connecticut Tiger Den photostream on Flickr for photos from the game.

Two pitchers added to Connecticut roster

June 30, 2010

Right-handed pitcher Patrick Cooper, the Tigers 14th round draft pick, and right-handed pitcher Jordan Pratt, the Tigers 16th round draft pick, have been assigned to the Connecticut Tigers.

Cooper is a candidate to fill the rotation slot left by Lance Baxter, who was re-assigned to the GCL Tigers on Tuesday.  A scouting report on Cooper is available at this link.

Pratt will join the Tigers bullpen.  He made an appearance for the University of Arkansas during the NCAA Super Regionals on June 12, in which his fastball sat at 89-91 mph and touched 92.  He also threw a slurvy high 70s slider.

Scouting Patrick Cooper

June 21, 2010

Right-handed pitcher Patrick Cooper was selected by the Tigers in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB draft.  He posted a 3.99 ERA in 70.o innings pitched as a junior at Bradley this season.

Patrick Cooper/Photo courtesy of Bradley University

Cooper was a Cape Cod League All-Star in 2009, where he was reportedly hitting 93-94 mph on the radar gun, but his stuff regressed this spring and he fell to the 14th round of the draft as a result.

Bradley pitching coach John Corbin said Cooper’s fastball sat between 88 and 92 mph this spring.  While he has thrown harder in the past, Corbin says Cooper’s fastball had more movement this season.  Cooper also throws a 78-82 mph slider and a 79-81 mph changeup.

Corbin believes Cooper will be used as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues, but his ultimate future is as a reliever.

Cooper has already signed a pro contract with the Tigers, but he has not been assigned to a minor league team.  He is a candidate to spend some time with Connecticut this summer.