ACBL players earn Weekly Awards
April 27, 2021

Sam Barletta (Chesnut Hill, Quakertown Blazers, 2021) was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week on April 26 after going 10-for-11 (.909) at the plate. The junior catcher/outfielder scored seven runs, posted seven RBI and was 3-for-3 in stolen bases with a 1.273 slugging average. Barletta is currently hitting .417 with 20 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

Mitch Balint (Delaware, Quakertown Blazers,2021) was selected Colonial Athletic Conference Player of the Week for March 9 after batting .750 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI as Delaware swept LaSalle in a doubleheader. The freshman catcher/DH is currently hitting .288 with four home runs and nine RBI for the Blue Hens.

Matt Stamford (Lehigh, Jersey Pilots, 2019,2021) was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week on March 16 after posting a perfect 5.2 innings of relief in a Lehigh victory over Bucknell. The junior LHP has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings.

Bryant Skurbe (Merrimack, Ocean Gulls, 2021) was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on March 16 after hitting .286 with two home runs and seven RBI. Two weeks later he was again named Rookie of the Week after hitting .556 with a .889 slugging average including 10 hits and seven RBI. The freshman outfielder/DH is currently hitting .273 with four home runs and 24 RBI.

Freshman catcher Billy Minett (St. Thomas Aquinas, Ocean Ospreys, 2021) was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week on April 12 after posting a .571 batting average (4 for 7) with three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored in two wins over the College of Staten Island.

Trivino and Mayza build on spring training success
April 14, 2021

Trivino,Mayza and Palacios post outstanding peformances

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RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakerown Blazers, 2011) and LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers,2011) have continued their spring training dominance of hitters as both closed out wins on Tuesday.

Trivino tossed a 12 pitch scoreless ninth inning to get the save as the Oakland A’s defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. In seven games over 8.2 innings Trivino has posted a 1.04 ERA and allowed only one hit with nine strikeouts. He has a WHIP of 0.69 and opponents are hitting .074.

Mayza tossed an eleven pitch scoreless ninth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 7-3. In five games over 3.1 innings Mayza has a 0.00 ERA with no walks and five strikeouts. Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) put the Blue Jays on the board with a two run single in the second inning and is currently hitting .385.

Trivino and Mayza post outstanding performances
March 29, 2021

Trivino and Mayza post outstanding peformances

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) and Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers,2011) did not allow a run this spring and were nearly unhittable for the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays respectively.

Trivino only allowed one hit in seven relief appearances over 7 1/3 innings. The 6-5 RHP struck out eight with a save. His WHIP was 0.55 and opponents hit .043 against him. Trivino’s role may be as a potential multi-inning weapon out of the A’s bullpen.

Mayza is coming off Tommy John surgery in late 2019 and also allowed only one hit in seven appearances over 6 2/3 innings with a win. He struck out six while posting a 0.45 WHIP and opponent batting average of .048. Mayza may assume his prior role of the “go to lefty” out of the Blue Jays bullpen. In 2019 he topped the Blue Jays with 68 appearances.

Mayza and Palacios shine for the Blue Jays
March 5, 2021

On Tuesday LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) made his first appearance since undergoing Tommy-John surgery as he tossed a scoreless inning in the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Mayza’s fastball was in the 94-95 MPH range while his slider was clocked at 88-89 MPH.

On Friday centerfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) posted five RBIs as the Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 13-4. Palacios, a 4th round selection of the Blue Jays in the 2016 draft, posted a double, triple and home run in three at bats.

Outfielder Narciso Crook (Gloucester CC, Trenton Generals) has played in five games for the Cincinnati Reds this spring. Crook was a 23rd round selection of the Reds in the 2013 draft and entered pro ball at age 18.

Trivino contends for Oakland closer's role
February 14, 2021
Lou Trivino, Former Quakertown Blazer now pitches in the Oakland Athletics system Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers) has made 150 relief appearances for the Oakland A’s over the past three years and is now a top candidate for the closer role since All-Star reliever Liam Hendriks departed via free agency to the Chicago White Sox.

LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) has been invited to the Toronto Blue Jays training camp after recovering from major arm surgery including Tommy-John surgery. In 2019 Mayza topped the Blue Jays in relief appearances with 68 while posting 18 holds prior to his injury in September 2019.

Kyle McGowin (Savannah St. Sag Harbor) Washington Nationals, Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead) Los Angeles Angels, and Justin Topa (Long Island, Southampton) Milwaukee Brewers also report to spring training to prepare for their relief roles in 2021.

Veteran shortstop Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) returns to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) and catcher Seby Zavala (San Diego St. Riverhead) are on the 40 man rosters of the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox respectively.

Former ACBL players who are non-roster invitees to MLB spring training include catcher Nick Dini (Wagner, Center Moriches) with the Kansas City Royals, catcher P.J. Higgins (ODU, Lehigh Valley Catz) with the Chicago Cubs, RHP Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor) with the Boston Red Sox and 1B Frank Schwindel (St. John’s, Riverhead) with the Oakland A’s.

Stoudt makes good return after T-J surgery
October 30, 2020

Levi Stoudt makes good return after T-J surgery

RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017), the Top ACBL Prospect in 2017, underwent Tommy-John surgery after being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the June 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.

Stoudt was invited to the Arizona Instructional League and Andy McKay, Director of Player Development for the Mariners, noted that Stoudt has created as much buzz as any arm in camp now. He has been 95-96 with his fastball and combines this with a plus changeup. He’s the guy people are here to see. They don’t miss his appearances.

Nick Snyder (West Virginia, South Jersey Giants, 2017, Trenton Generals, 2018) was also invited to the Arizona Instructional League by the Arizona Diamondbacks who drafted him in the 11th round of the June 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.

The 6-7 LHP was the second Top ACBL Prospect in 2018 and had an excellent rookie season at short season Hillsboro in the Northwest League where he posted a 2-0 record with a save and a 0.00 ERA. In 16 innings he struck out 27 with nine base on balls.

In other ACBL news Vincent Timpanelli (Ramapo, New York Phenoms, 2019) signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds. As a catcher he hit .279 with five home runs and 32 RBIs for the Phenoms in 2019. He made a strong showing on the mound this past summer and his future with the Reds may be on the mound.

Former ACBL pitchers play big role in 3-pitch Inning records
September 10, 2020

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown, 2011) on Monday became the fifth former ACBL pitcher to record a three pitch inning, the 189th in MLB history, on Monday as the Oakland A’s defeated the Houston Astros 6-0.

Baseball Almanac data indicates that the American League has posted 82 3-Pitch Innings with Walter Johnson leading the way with four from 1911 thru 1917. Jim Mecir (Eckerd, Nassau) threw a three pitch eighth inning on May 17, 1998 for Tampa Bay. Allen Watson (NY Tech, Long Island) tossed a three pitch ninth inning for the New York Yankees on September 26, 1999.

Pete Harnisch (Fordham, Long Island) tops the National League list of 106 3-Pitch Innings with three 3-Pitch Innings for the Cincinnati Reds. The first one was the fifth inning on September 26, 1998 followed by fourth inning feats on August 24, 1999 and April 7, 2001. Jamie Moyer (Saint Joseph’s, Allentown) put a 3-Pitch Inning on the record for the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 2013.

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