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A blog looking at minor league baseball from a Connecticut perspective.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Connecticut boys

A few links to local Connecticut players you should be following.

Mike Olt, Branford

Ryan Lavarnway, Yale

Max Russell, Orange

Matt Harvey, Groton

Dan Paolini, Stratford

Casey Frawley, New Haven

Josh Zeid, New Haven

Charlie Neil, Yale

Tyler Mizenko, Wallingford

Sal Romano, Southington

Matt Barnes, Bethel (UConn)

George Springer, New Britain (UConn)

Cory Riordan, Killingworth

Pat Ludwig, Yale

Jason Esposito, Bethany

Jim Fuller, Southern Conn. State

Brook Hart, Yale

Evan Scribner, Washington (CCSU)

Shawn Haviland, Farmington

Nick Ahmed, UConn

Greg Nappo, Madison

Pat Dean, Naugatuck

Eric Smith, Milford

Nick Greenwood, Southington

Ryan Fuller, Old Lyme

Mike Nemeth, UConn

Anthony Hewitt, Salisbury School

Sean Donatello, Salem

Mike Fabiaschi, Torrington

A.J. Pollock, Hebron

Mike Drowne, Sacred Heart

Anthony Giansanti, Montville

John Andreoli, UConn

Kevin Vance, UConn

Dave Fischer, UConn

Nolan Becker, Yale

Chris Gloor, Quinnipiac

Pat Egan, Rocky Hill

Brian Esposito, UConn

Chris Dwyer, Salisbury School

Jeremiah Bayer, Trinity

Pat Lowery, Norwich

Eric Campbell, Norwich

Scott Oberg, UConn

Mark Bordonaro, Berlin

Matt Carasiti, Berlin

Andrew Carignan, Norwich

Jesse Hahn, Groton

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day 3 draft wrap

Here's an unofficial look of Connecticut players selected in Wednesday's third and final day of the MLB draft.

David Fischer (UConn), Sr. RHP: Nationals, 18th round
Patrick Lowery (Columbia U/Montville), Sr. RHP: Angels, 21st round
Mark Bordonaro (Fairfield U), Jr. RHP: Mariners, 25th round
Charlie Neil (Yale), Sr. C: Tigers, 37th round
Nolan Long (Waterford HS/Rhode Island commit), RHP: Giants, 38th round
Justin Morhardt (Gilbert School, Winstead), C: Angels, 39th round

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Groton's Matt Harvey rolling at Triple-A

Matt Harvey struck out 11 in six innings Friday, and has won four straight decisions for Buffalo. Here he is talking about his latest win.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Expect a feeding frenzy

Should be a crazy day for major league signings, as the deadline to get a deal done with players drafted in June is at 12:01 p.m. (EST). Connecticut's three big prospects are all expected to sign, the question is when and for how much.

New Britain's George Springer (Houston) and Bethel's Matt Barnes (Boston), taken 11th and 19th overall, and Bethany's Jason Esposito (Baltimore) have all been in heavy negotiations the past two weeks. Springer is expected to command in the vicinity of $1.8 million; Barnes around $1.4 million and Esposito roughly $600,000.

Anything can happen. Should be interesting.

Branford's Mike Olt, out since May with a fractured collar bone suffered in a collision at home plate, returned to game action Sunday. On a rehab stint at the team's spring training facility in Arizona, Olt homered and drove in three runs. He could return to advanced Class A Myrtle Beach (S.C.) of the Carolina League this week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ex-Yalie Ryan Lavarnway tearing up Triple-A

There seems to be no stopping former Yale All-American Ryan Lavarnway lately. Since being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket last month, Lavarnway, a highly-regarded catcher in the Red Sox organization, is hitting .381 (45-for-118) with 10 homers and and 28 RBIs in just 31 games. Between Double-A and Triple-A, he's now hitting .319 with 24 home runs (best in the Sox minor league system) and 66 RBIs.

Need a few more mind-blowing numbers? Lavarnway is hitting .431 in July and .579 in the five games since the All-Star break. And if that's not enough to get him a promotion to Fenway by September 1, consider his .464 average against left-handers in the International League.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Madison's Greg Nappo promoted

Greg Nappo proved he was a little too good for the short-season New York/Penn League. After striking out 10 of the 15 batters he faced in a July 4 start for Jamestown (N.Y.), he pitched five perfect innings in his next start (he was removed after reaching his pitch count both games).

On Wednesday, Nappo was promoted to low Class A Greensboro (N.C.) of the South Atlantic League.

Nappo, a LHP, was the No. 2 starter at UConn this spring and an 18th-round pick of the Marlins in June.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Greg Nappo strikes out 10 in first pro start

Madison's Greg Nappo made his first professional start memorable by striking out 10 batters in four shutout innings for Jamestown (N.Y.) of the short-season New York/Penn League on Independence Day. The Florida Marlins, who drafted Nappo in the 18th round last month, are taking things slow; the plan was for him to throw only four innings Monday. The former UConn LHP had made three relief appearances since being signed shortly after the college season ended last month. He hasn't allowed a run in nine innings, and has struck out 16.