The Hartford Yard Goats have extended their player development contract with the Rockies to 2018. The Yard Goats are still working on having their stadium finished and their opening day is going to be delayed by about two months. Despite that, I’m sure it will be a very nice facility and it looks like the Rockies would like to stay there instead of fighting for a team closer to home in the Texas League.
Occasionally, I will get messages from aspiring baseball players asking about how to tryout for a team. I will tell them that they can contact teams and ask about open tryouts. I received this flyer about tryouts for the independent Pacific Association and I wanted to pass that information along to anyone interested.
The Lowell Spinners have extended their player development contract with the Red Sox to 2018. As there is only one NY-Penn League team in Massachusetts and it’s right next to Boston, there is no chance of this affiliation changing.
The Indianapolis Indians have extended their player development contract with the Pirates to 2020. Since it is the end of the season, I would expect to see a few teams renewing some of the contracts that will be expiring after the 2015 season. I will also need to update my page to show the expiring contracts in red.
I was able to see an Aberdeen IronBirds game for the first time in 4 years. It’s a very nice stadium and since they were having fireworks, the game was a sellout.
I was able to get two autographs at the game from Aberdeen LF Randolph Gassaway and Tri-City P Austin Nicely. I was surprised that there weren’t as many autograph seekers at this game as I normally see. But at the lower levels, there aren’t as many since the players are generally more unproven.
Autographed cards of Randolph Gassaway and Austin Nicely
The game was pretty good as Tri-City P Trent Thornton went 5 innings without giving up any walks or earned runs. Tri-City 1B Pat Porter and 2B Brooks Marlow added home runs as the ValleyCats won 5-1. I did see 2015 Orioles first round pick (25th overall) D. J. Stewart in this game going 2-4 with a double.
I saw the Wilmington Blue Rocks host the Carolina Mudcats on Saturday. I made sure to get there right as gates opened so I could get my George Brett bobblehead doll. It’s a nice item, but I wish it wasn’t in a plain white box so I could display it while it was still in the box.
I was able to get a number of autographs at the game. I met three of the Mudcats players including 2B Reed Harper, C Joseph Odom and OF Dustin Peterson. I also got an autograph from Blue Rocks Manager Brian Buchanan.
Autographs from Reed Harper, Joseph Odom, Brian Buchanan and Dustin Peterson
The game itself played out like typical Carolina League games where there aren’t a lot of offense. The Blue Rocks put up one in the bottom of the first and the Mudcats scored three on the top of the third. The game ended as a 3-1 Mudcats win. Dustin Peterson had a two run double in the game, which I’m sure is because he was kind enough to sign an autograph for me beforehand.