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March 2014
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THOMAS NAMED TO BRAVES’ 25-MAN ROSTER

By Scott Taylor, Winnipeg Goldeyes Former Winnipeg Goldeyes lefthander Ian Thomas has been named to the Atlanta Braves’ 25-man roster. He becomes the ninth former Goldeyes player to reach the Major Leagues. It is an incredible feat for the 26-year-old graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, who showed up at Braves spring training in February as...
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SCHEPPERS NAMED RANGERS’ OPENING-DAY STARTER

Arlington, Texas – On Wednesday, the Texas Rangers announced that RHP Tanner Scheppers will be the team’s opening-day starter on Monday, March 31, when the club takes on the Philadelphia Phillies at Globe Life Park. After a standout college career at Fresno State, Scheppers pitched for the American Association’s St. Paul Saints in 2009, going...
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BO SCHULTZ MAKES MLB DEBUT IN AUSTRALIA

Independent Baseball Insider,  Vol. 12, No. 4,  March 27, 2014 – by Bob Wirz “I’ve got Day 1 and Day 2”. Those were the words of a happy Arizona Diamondbacks righthander Bo Schultz this week.  It seems many more will follow for the 28-year-old, who is quite certain he would never have gotten any major...
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SATTERWHITE GETS INTO BIG-LEAGUE GAME

Independent Baseball Insider – by Bob Wirz Two players in Independent leagues as recently as last season are the most recent minor leaguers we have noticed who have appeared in major league exhibitions this spring. Right-hander Cody Satterwhite, who posted a 0.65 earned run average and struck out more than a batter per inning in...
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Ziegler

ANOTHER INDEPENDENT STAR IN TWINS’ SYSTEM

Independent Baseball Insider – Vol. 12, No. 3,  March 20, 2014 By Bob Wirz The stars all seem aligned perfectly for C. J. Ziegler as last year’s power king tries to become another Independent Baseball product to pull on a major league baseball uniform.  It probably will not come as early as this year, but...
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FORMER GOLDEYE IMPRESSING AT BRAVES’ CAMP

By Scott Taylor, Winnipeg Goldeyes Former Winnipeg Goldeyes lefthander Ian Thomas is on the verge of winning a spot in the Atlanta Braves bullpen. After a scintillating performance against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, Thomas suddenly moved to the top of the list of the three left-handers remaining in the chase for the final specialist’s job...
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NATE ROBERTSON BACK WHERE IT STARTED

Independent Baseball Insider – by Bob Wirz Southpaw Nate Robertson finally got a job, and it is back with the organization where he first set foot on a major league mound. The Detroit Tigers have inked Robertson to a Triple-A contract 11 years after he broke in with the parent club at age 25. Robertson,...
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PAXTON IS SHARP FOR MARINERS

Independent Baseball Insider by Bob Wirz – Vol. 12, No. 2,   March 13, 2014            Southpaw James Paxton (Grand Prairie 2010) would certainly be on the short list if I was to try to assess the “positives” coming out of major league spring training camps so far, although his success for Seattle makes him...
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WHERE WILL JOHNSON, OTHERS BE ON OPENING DAY?

Which Independent Players Will Make It to Opening Day? 51 Have Been in Major League Camps  By Bob Wirz, Independent Baseball Chatter            One year it was Chris Coste, another Jon Weber and last season Scott Rice and Chris Colabello.            The names change, but the stories are similar.  Players who have devoted years of...
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MINICOZZI ENJOYING BIG-LEAGUE CAMP

When ESPN’s cameras came to Scottsdale Stadium last week, Hunter Pence broke off a conversation with fellow former Phillie John Kruk and rushed into the clubhouse cafeteria. When Pence returned, he was with Mark Minicozzi, a 31-year-old infielder who can go passport stamp-for-passport stamp with Ryan Vogelsong. Minicozzi started recapping his long, long, looooong journey...
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