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October 2016
Scott

SCOTT MAKES HIS MARK IN ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

While Cleveland and Chicago Cubs pitchers draw huge praise these days as their teams battle in the World Series, not every major league organization can brag about that type of talent. Milwaukee is giving 24-year-old Tayler Scott, signed out of Sioux City in mid-summer, a solid look to see if he can help the Brewers...
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SAINTS NAMED ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

Courtesy St. Paul Saints Media Relations For the second straight season the St. Paul Saints were awarded for an incredible year, both on and off the field, being named the American Association Organization of the Year, as selected by the leagues managers and media members. The Saints excelled at the box office employing creative promotions,...
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Nivar

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FILLED WITH PROSPECTS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz The American Association stands very tall once again this week after Baseball America released its annual postseason list of prospects yet to join–or return to–a major league organization. Independent Baseball specialist J.J. Cooper wrote what “is notable is how much talent now resides in Independent ball.”  He singled...
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Beckman

LEMURS RIGHTY BECKMAN HEADED TO MIAMI

Durham, N.C. — The contract of Laredo Lemurs RHP Ryan Beckman has been purchased by the Miami Marlins organization, the American Association announced on Monday. In his second season with Laredo, Beckman was one of the league’s top starters, finishing fifth in the AA in ERA (2.92) and innings pitched (132.2), ninth with 97 strikeouts, and tying for...
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T-BONES’ TOP PROSPECT WHEAT TO JOIN MARLINS

Courtesy Kansas City T-Bones Media Relations Kansas City, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones announced on Tuesday that the Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of OF Dalton Wheat. A native of Augusta, Kan., he joined the T-Bones on June 6 and went on to hit a team-best .335 in 67 games with 69 hits, 27 RBIs...
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Wheat

T-BONES’ WHEAT NAMED TOP INDEPENDENT PROSPECT

Durham, N.C. — Baseball America magazine released its annual Top Independent Prospects list on Friday, with Kansas City T-Bones OF Dalton Wheat first on the list. Five of the top seven prospects were from the American Association, up from four of the top seven in 2015. In 67 games, Wheat led the T-Bones with a .335 average and a...
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Muren2

MUREN SUCCESSFUL IN MOUND TRANSITION

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz The American Association’s most prominent alum involved in the postseason continues to be Washington ace Max Scherzer, but as talent developers and evaluators continue to search everywhere for the next major leaguer one of those on the radar seems to be lanky Drew Muren, the onetime outfielder at...
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Scott

SIOUX CITY’S SCOTT JOINS ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Two more former American Association righthanders have been in the news. Chris Smith, who pitched at Wichita three years ago, was taken off Oakland’s 40-man roster for the offseason and returned to Triple-A Nashville. Smith made it back to the majors for the first time since 2010 at age...
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Cleburne

CLEBURNE RAILROADERS JOIN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

Fargo, N.D. – The Cleburne Railroaders baseball organization took another step in its return to the diamond by officially joining the American Association of Independent Baseball on Thursday at the league owners’ meetings. Directors voted unanimously to accept the Railroaders’ application. It has been more than 100 years since the Railroaders have played baseball in...
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Wirzbook

“THE PASSION OF BASEBALL” AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY

It is said that only about six per cent of the United States population gets to spend a lifetime working in a profession the person dreamed of since childhood.  Author Bob Wirz believes he is part of a much smaller group who has lived a long life rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in baseball...
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