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December 2017
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WINTER UPDATE: GUERRA STRONG IN VENEZUELA

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Last season’s American Association Pitcher of the Year, Tyler Alexander, is winding down the Mexican League season just as he did with Fargo-Moorhead last summer.¬† The southpaw, whose contract now belongs to Quintana Roo, has won his last three starts to push his record to 4-1, 3.33 and...
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Boshers

FIVE AA HURLERS IN AUSTRALIAN ALL-STAR GAME

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz American Association pitchers who crave more developmental time in the winter (or merely want to escape colder weather) are finding opportunities for themselves in a variety of professional leagues, including Australia. This may not have ever been more apparent than in the recent Australian League All-Star Game where...
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BACK FROM JAPAN, MARTIN JOINS RANGERS

Onetime American Association rookie Chris Martin already has had what easily can be described as an amazing up and down career in baseball, including a brilliant major league debut at Yankee Stadium, and now after spending two seasons in Japan he is returning to the United States to try another comeback, this time pitching for...
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Diaz

FORMER RAILCAT DIAZ ADDED BY A’S IN RULE V DRAFT

Courtesy Gary SouthShore RailCats Media Relations Gary, Ind. — 2017 Gary SouthShore RailCats left-handed pitcher Carlos Diaz was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the second round (29th overall) of the Triple-A Phase of the MLB Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. Diaz became the 31st player in franchise history to sign with an MLB Affiliate...
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KINTZLER GETS TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH NATIONALS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Veteran major league reliever Brandon Kintzler¬†(St. Paul ’09) stole the show for the American Association during baseball’s winter meetings by inking a new contract with the Washington Nationals that will net him between $10 and $15 million dollars over the next two seasons although two other hurlers out...
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Adleman

ADLEMAN GETS BIG PAYDAY IN KOREA

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Tim Adleman has been a pleasant story in recent years highlighted by the fact the onetime Lincoln and El Paso relief pitcher has spent much of the last two seasons with Cincinnati, leading the Reds in both innings pitched (122.1) and strikeouts (108) in 2017. The 6-foot-5 right-hander...
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REDHAWKS’ ALEXANDER STILL SHARP IN MEXICO

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz Southpaw Tyler Alexander has already made a name for himself in the American Association by posting a 25-16 record in three seasons at Fargo, and the 26-year-old is continuing his effectiveness in the Mexican Winter League. With seven strong shutout innings in which he allowed only four hits...
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Kussmaul

WICHITA’S KUSSMAUL IMPRESSIVE IN MEXICO

Independent Baseball Chatter Рby Bob Wirz Ryan Kussmaul has logged a great many miles since starting his professional career in the Independent Frontier League nine years ago in his quest to reach the major leagues.  Now 31, the right-hander has done more relieving than starting and doing both for the Wichita Wingnuts last season...
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