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Monday, June 13, 2011

Busy day for local minor leaguers

With the draft in the rear view mirror and UConn's season over, expect the signings to commence soon. A total of 10 Huskies were taken last week, and it's likely all will sign pro contracts soon. On a side note, a pair of UConn players selected in 2009 by the Marlins were both released last week -- outfielder Harold Brantley, a 30th-round pick and pitcher Dan Mahoney, a fourth-round pick. Obviously, expectations were much higher for Mahoney, who made just 22 appearances in his career, none above short-season, and hadn't pitched at all this season.

Tolland's Mike Gallic, an outfielder out of Marist and an 18th-round pick of San Diego, was the first state player to sign a deal.

A few other area notes: New Haven's Casey Frawley ended the longest game in Carolina League history when he drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 23rd inning to lift Kinston (N.C.) past Myrtle Beach Sunday. Frawley was 2-for-11 with six strikeouts in a game that lasted six-and-a-half hours.

Naugatuck's Pat Dean continues to perform well, tossing 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball Saturday before being removed in Class A Beloit's victory. Dean was taken out simply because he'd already thrown 107 pitches. His replacement entered the game and immediately gave up a hit.

Former Yale All-American Ryan Lavarnway was called up to Triple-A Pawtucket today. The catcher and sixth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2008 had been on a recent tear at Double-A Portland, hitting .365 with eight homers and 19 RBIs over the last 23 games. For the season, Lavarnway is at .284 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs in 55 games.


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