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February 2019
Justin Vernia

VERNIA BECOMES SIXTH EXPLORERS PITCHER MOVED TO MLB AS DIAMONDBACKS PICK UP CONTRACT

MOORHEAD, MINN. – The Sioux City Explorers have sold the contract of RHP Justin Vernia to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the American Association announced. Vernia is the 14th American Association player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization in 2019, and the 34th since the beginning of the 2018 regular season. Vernia had...
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Holman

FORMER T-BONE HOLMAN INVITED TO CAMP BY ROCKIES; LEAGUE COUNT IN MAJOR LEAGUE UNIFORMS JUMPS TO 24

By Bob Wirz The Kansas City T-Bones had a remarkable 2018 highlighted by winning the American Association championship and challenging the best season any team could imagine in selling players to major league organizations.  The new year is starting off just fine, thank you, with another of the team’s former pitchers getting a belated fulltime...
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Tyler Alexander

FORMER FARGO-MOORHEAD ACE ALEXANDER GETS SHOT WITH OAKLAND A’S

By Bob Wirz At 27 and with the type of left arm that really excites baseball people, Tyler Alexander seems a perfect fit, especially for a major league organization that is always struggling to keep up with the competition because its payroll isn’t as flush as many others. (Photo Credit: Dave Samson/The Forum) That is...
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Zack Jones

JONES GOING FROM SAINTS TO NEW YORK METS

MOORHEAD, MINN. – The St. Paul Saints have sold the contract of RHP Zack Jones to the New York Mets, the American Association announced. Jones is the 12th American Association player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization in 2019, and the 32nd since the beginning of the 2018 regular season. Jones...
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Brennan Bernardino

SALTDOGS SEND BERNARDINO TO CLEVELAND INDIANS

MOORHEAD, MINN. – The Lincoln Saltdogs have sold the contract of LHP Brennan Bernardino to the Cleveland Indians organization, the American Association announced. Bernardino is the 11th American Association player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization in 2019, and the 31st since the start of the 2018 season. Bernardino was acquired...
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Phillies Braves Spring Baseball

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION ALUMNI COUNT AT 55 IN MLB ORGANIZATIONS AS SPRING TRAINING KICKS OFF

By Bob Wirz If anyone ever doubts the American Association is making major contributions to the playing talent in major league organizations they only need to study rosters throughout the American and National Leagues.  While new names seem to be added each month, some 55 players–that is an average of well over four per American...
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Matt Solter

SAINTS PITCHER SOLTER PICKED UP BY CLEVELAND INDIANS

MOORHEAD, MINN. – The St. Paul Saints have sold the contact of RHP Matt Solter to the Cleveland Indians organization, the American Association announced. Solter is the tenth player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization in 2019, and the 30th player since the start of the 2018 season. Solter was 3-5...
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Milb Umpires

FOUR AMERICAN ASSOCIATION UMPIRES EARN PROMOTIONS TO AFFILIATED BASEBALL

MOORHEAD, MINN. – Four members for the 2018 American Association umpire staff have been offered positions in affiliated Minor League Baseball leagues for the 2019 season. Umpires Lane Cullipher, Jacob McConnell, Guillermo (Memo) Rodriguez and Jesse Segura were each offered positions following 2019 Umpire Advanced Evaluation Course in Vero Beach, Fla. (Pictured L-R: Memo Rodriguez,...
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David Peralta

FIFTEEN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION ALUMS SET FOR BIG LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING

By Bob Wirz Let the fun begin. By this time next week major league spring training camps will be open, and the presence of the American Association once again will be felt.  The most visible part is the players, of course, and no less than 15 of those who have thrilled fans in the first...
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James Dykstra

DYKSTRA LATEST EXPLORER HURLER HEADED BACK TO MLB ORGANIZATION, PURCHASED BY REDS

MOORHEAD, MINN. – The Sioux City Explorers have sold the contract of RHP James Dykstra to the Cincinnati Reds organization, the American Association announced. Dykstra is the ninth player from the American Association to have his contract sold in 2019, and the 29th player since the start of the 2018 season. Dykstra was 9-4 with...
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