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Atlantic League Has Solid Ties to 2022 World Series

While the Atlantic League season ended on the final day of September with the Lancaster Barnstormers winning the League Championship Series, a number of ALPB alumni are playing key roles in the World Series.

The Phillies David Robertson earned the save in  Game 1 of the series. A former Yankee, Robertson pitched for the Atlantic League's High Point Rockers during the 2021 season as he was prepaing to lead Team USA to the Tokyo Olympic baseball tournament.

Former Sugar Land Skeeter Andrew Bellatti was the final pitcher of the night for the Phillies in their 7-0 Game 3 victory on Monday.

Trying to counteract the exploits of Bellatti and Robertson is Houston pitching coach Josh Miller, another alumnus of the Atlantic League.

After playing collegiately at NC State for head coach Elliott Avent, Miller was drafted by the Phillies in 2001. After four seasons in the Phillies system, Miller pitched for Bridgeport of the Atlantic League in 2005. He went 7-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 20 starts for the Bluefish before signing with Houston. Miller pitched at Class AAA Round Rock in 2008 and became a starter for another Atlantic League team, Somerset, in 2009, helping the Patriots to the ALPB Championship. Miller went 10-5 with 3.65 ERA in 2009 and followed that with a 12-9 mark and a 3.65 ERA in 2010.

Miller was named the Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month in August 2010 after going 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 42 innings for the Somerset Patriots and manager Sparky Lyle. Earlier, he had been selected to the ALPB All-Star team and pitched a scoreless inning for the Freedom Division club.  Miller was a second team Atlantic League All-Star in 2009 and led the league with three complete games in 2010.

 



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