2019 rosters continue to grow around the ALPB
(Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 19, 2019) – A host of players have continued to receive contracts around the Atlantic League over the past week. Here’s a quick recap to get you caught up on which players have joined which teams:
HIGH POINT ROCKERS
The Rockers have signed former Major League pitcher Seth Maness. The right-hander marks the first player with big league experience signed in the franchise’s history. Maness spent five seasons in the Major Leagues, including four with the St. Louis Cardinals (2013-16) and one from the Kansas City Royals (2017).
The Barnstormers have re-signed four players from their 2018 squad, including pitchers Scott Shuman, John Anderson and Jared Lakind, along with outfielder Darian Sandford. Shuman was 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA in 29 appearances last summer before his contract was purchased by Oaxaca of the Mexican League in early August. He later returned for the playoffs. Anderson was 6-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 34 games, of which 12 were starts. Lakind went 2-3 with a 3.83 ERA while walking only 13 and yielding just two home runs in his 42.1 innings of work. Sandford is coming off a record-setting season in which he stole 82 bases for the Barnstormers, shattering the previous single season mark of 55, set by Quincy Foster in the inaugural season of 2005.
LONG ISLAND DUCKS
The Ducks re-signed right-handed pitcher Tyler Badamo. The Long Island native split time in the Atlantic League during the 2018 season with the Ducks, New Britain Bees and Sugar Land Skeeters. He combined to post a 5-6 record with a 4.12 ERA, 53 strikeouts and 20 walks in 83 innings of work over 16 appearances (15 starts).
NEW BRITAIN BEES
The Bees announced the return of pitcher Kyle Simon and the addition of pitcher Cory Riordan as the club’s first two signings of the 2019 season. Simon returns to the Bees for his fifth season in the Atlantic League and fourth in the Hardware City. Last year, the right-hander made 24 appearances (23 starts), recording eight wins with a 4.31 ERA, 93 strikeouts, two complete games, and one shutout over the course of 144.0 innings pitched.
The Patriots announced that they have re-signed a trio of players from their 2018 squad, including infielder Craig Massey, infielder/outfielder Mike Fransoso and pitcher Nate Roe. Massey led the league in batting last year with a .338 average, becoming just the fourth player in team history to win a batting title. He also led the league in on-base percentage (.418), ranking as the only qualified batter in the league with an OBP above .400.
SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS
The Blue Crabs have signed right-handed pitchers Luis Chirinos and Miguel Nunez. Chirinos was signed on July 4, 2006 by the Florida Marlins as a non-drafted free agent. He went on to play in the Marlins organization for four years before making his way to the world of independent baseball. He also spent the 2014 season in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
SUGAR LAND SKEETERS
The Skeeters have announced the return of pitcher Lucas Irvine while adding former Major Leaguer pitchers Mark Lowe and David Holmberg. Irvine made his Skeeters debut in 2018, going 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA through six starts. He also made two starts in the 2018 postseason, going 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA en route to the Skeeters’ 2018 Atlantic League Championship.
The Revolution have re-signed infielder Henry Castillo while adding pitcher Dan Minor and catcher Carlos Paulino. Castillo impressed in 44 games with York in 2018 after joining the team in July. The switch-hitter batted .310 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 22 RBI while seeing time at second base, third base, and shortstop.
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