Association News

PAXTON, OTHER HURLERS STEPPING UP

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz As is the case so often, it comes down to pitching.  Past, present and future.  And we are only talking about American Association hurlers and how they can impact major league planning. Today’s examples are James Paxton, Tim Adleman, Aaron Wilkerson and Tanner Scheppers. Paxton always projected asRead More

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KINTZLER STELLAR IN CLOSING ROLE FOR TWINS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Except for one time two years ago when he was on an injury-rehab stint, Brandon Kintzler has not started a game since back in 2009 when he split his time between the St. Paul Saints and Milwaukee’s Class AA farm club in Huntsville, Ala. Don’t expect that toRead More

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AA LEADS INDEPENDENT LEAGUES IN MAJOR LEAGUERS

The American Association ended up with an Independent Baseball-leading six of its former players on active major league rosters plus two more on the disabled list when the regular season started although Milwaukee’s Junior Guerra also ended up on the DL after injuring his right calf during the Brewers’ opener. The six active players doubledRead More

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LINCOLN’S MARTIS TO JOIN O’S AFTER STRONG WBC

Durham, N.C. — The contract of Lincoln Saltdogs RHP Shairon Martis has been purchased by the Baltimore Orioles organization, the American Association announced on Friday. Martis is coming off a noteworthy World Baseball Classic performance for the Kingdom of the Netherlands squad, appearing in four of the team’s seven games and going 1-0 with a 1.50Read More

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AA WILL BE WELL-REPRESENTED ON MLB OPENING DAY

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz The American Association will once again be well represented when the major league season begins this weekend because of the likes of starting pitchers Max Scherzer (Fort Worth) at Washington, Junior Guerra (Wichita) at Milwaukee and James Paxton (Grand Prairie) at Seattle plus reliever Brandon Kintzler (pictured, St.Read More

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GUERRA NAMED BREWERS’ OPENING-DAY STARTER

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Junior Guerra started out in professional baseball as a catcher.  He was only 18 at the time. His checkerboard career has years when he did not even play. And, he has never been an Opening Day starting pitcher. Until now. As one of the American Association’s most distinguishedRead More

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SALTDOGS’ MARTIS DAZZLES FOR NETHERLANDS

Courtesy Lincoln Saltdogs Media Relations Lincoln, Neb — Lincoln Saltdogs RHP Shairon Martis controlled some of the globe’s top bats throughout the recently-concluded World Baseball Classic, helping lead the Netherlands to their second straight World Baseball Classic semi-final. Martis pitched in four of the Dutch team’s seven games, going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA over sixRead More

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BENCOMO UNDERSTANDS WBC’S VALUE TO VENEZUELA

When the World Baseball Classic started the American Association had an impressive 17 of its current or former players among the 16 teams.  That number, as expected, has been trimmed a great deal now that only seven teams remain in contention for the championship, but one remaining pitcher is a significant contributor on the fieldRead More

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AA PLAYERS MOVE TO SECOND ROUND OF WBC

The World Baseball Classic seems barely underway since none of the first round of Pool play has even started in the United States, but the American Association already has eight of its players, including some due this summer in Lincoln, on teams that have qualified for the second series of games starting in Japan laterRead More

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ADLEMAN HOLDING HIS OWN WITH REDS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Onetime El Paso and Lincoln pitcher Tim Adleman has a bit more breathing room than one year ago when he was trying to earn his first major league opportunity. “He pitched extremely well,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price told WCPO.com.  “He’s one of the few guys who took advantageRead More

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