DiFazio and Gorski sign free agent contracts with MLB organizations
January 26, 2016

In recent minor league transactions catcher Vinny DiFazio (Univ. of Alabama, Quakertown Blazers) signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers while LHP Darin Gorski (Kutztown Univ., Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown Rockies) signed with the Washington Nationals.

Vinny DiFazioDarin GorskiDiFazio was named Player of the Year in the independent American Association while hitting .361 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. The All-Star catcher led the St. Paul Saints to a 74-26 record and was in the running for the triple crown.

Gorski had a New York Mets organization leading 27 starts for Las Vegas in the AAA Pacific Coast League. He posted a 10-8 record while striking out 108 in 137 innings with a 5.52 ERA.

Veteran LHP John Lannan (Siena, Long Island Collegians) signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals after going 6-10 with 25 starts and 152 innings for the Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Hezel named Blazers' pitching coach
December 2, 2015
Bill Hezel, 2016 Pitching Coach
Field manager Dewey Oriente recently announced that Bill Hezel has been named pitching coach of the Quakertown Blazers for the 2016 season.

Bill Hezel enters his fourth season as pitching coach for Northampton Community College after spending six seasons as an assistant coach for the East Stroudsburg American Legion team.

A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Hezel played two years for the Warriors after transferring from Division 1 Lehigh University.

Hezel was named to ESPN Magazine's Academic All-District team and went 6-1 with a 3.75 ERA during his senior year.

Hezel graduated from East Stroudsburg North High School where he was named MVP, All-Conference and All-Area and was recently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Vogelsong finishes season strong
October 2, 2015
Ryan VogelsongRyan Vogelsong (Kutztown University, Quakertown Blazers, 96-97) allowed only one hit in four innings with no walks and six strikeouts in relief as the San Francisco Giants lost 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Although the Giants moved Vogey to the bullpen in early September he feels that he could still provide 30 or more starts for a major league team next year and will become a free agent at the end of the season.

In 2015 he posted a 9-11 record in 22 starts and pitched 135 innings with an ERA of 4.67.

Oriente Named Field Manager of Blazers
September 19, 2015
Dewey Oriente, 2016 Field ManagerDewey Oriente, a former ACBL All-Star and outstanding player at Saint Joseph's University, has been named field manager of the Quakertown Blazers for the 2016 season.

Dewey Oriente is in his first season at DeSales where he will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator. He will work with the Bulldogs' hitters and outfielders. Oriente comes to DeSales after serving as Widener University’s Hitting Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and JV Coach for the past four years. Widener enjoyed tremendous success while Oriente was on staff helping guide the Pride to back-to-back 25+ win seasons. Oriente played a role in helping the Pride capture the 2014 MAC Commonwealth Championship and 2015 ECAC Southeast Region Championship. During his work with the Pride’s hitters, he mentored eleven All-Commonwealth Conference and five All-Mid-Atlantic Region hitters. He also saw two of his hitters go on to win the Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in 2014. Additionally, the Pride were statistically ranked among the top of the MAC Commonwealth in several key offensive statistics each season.

Oriente competed four years for Saint Joseph’s University from 2006-2010. In 2009, he was named ABCA All-Region, Honorable Mention All-Atlantic 10 Conference, Philadelphia Big Five Team and Philadelphia Big Five Academic Team. In his breakout season, Oriente finished the year hitting .403, which still stands as the last Hawk player to reach that plateau in program history. Following the 2009 season, Oriente was selected Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and First Team All-Big Five. He completed his second season as an Assistant Coach with the South Jersey Giants in the ACBL where he guided them to back-to-back playoff berths.

Oriente graduated Saint Joseph’s in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Finance and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science with a concentration in Sports Management at Wilmington University.

Former Blazer DiFazio Named American Association Player of the Year
September 10, 2015

St. Paul Saints catcher/first baseman Vinny DiFazio shares a laugh with team mates during batting practice before the Saints game against Lincoln Saltdogs on Friday, July 24, 2015. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

Article Courtesy of the Saint Paul Saints
Photo Courtesy of John Autey | Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, MN (September 10, 2015) – The St. Paul Saints' success this season has been driven by a perfect storm of a 23-man roster all posting career numbers to produce the greatest season in the franchise's history. With all of the individual record breaking performances throughout the club, none have been more impressive than that of catcher Vinny DiFazio who has been named the 2015 American Association Player of the Year as voted on by the league's coaches and media.

DiFazio has been one of the most feared hitters in the league all season. DiFazio finished the year hitting .361 with 17 homers and 82 RBI. In 321 at bats he scored 70 runs, slugged 19 doubles, two triples, and posted a .467 on base percentage and .592 slugging percentage. DiFazio led the league in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The Hampton, New Jersey native's 82 RBI on the season was tied for first, with his teammate Angelo Songco, and tied for the most all-time in a single season in Saints history (also with Songco). DiFazio's 17 home runs on the season were tied for third in the league.

DiFazio twice went on double digit hitting streaks over the course of the season, one for 12 games from June 10-23 that included 11 multi-hit games in a row, and another 12 game stretch from July 31-August 12. Perhaps the most impressive stretch for DiFazio came when he was named the Player of the Month for June after hitting .393 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 22 games. In 89 at bats he scored 20 runs, roped four doubles, one triple, had an on base percentage of .449, a .697 slugging percentage and a 1.146 OPS over that span.

Behind the plate, DiFazio has helped work with a Saints pitching staff that is second in the league in ERA and brag four 10 game winners for just the second time in league history.

This is the second honor for DiFazio in the last week, as he was also named to the Post-Season All-Star Team at catcher.

After spending four seasons in the Texas Rangers farm system, DiFazio joined the Saints at the end of the 2014 season after being granted his release by the Grand Prairie AirHogs in the American Association.

DiFazio becomes the first St. Paul Saint to be named American Association Player of the Year and the second in team history to earn the top honors in any league. Third baseman Vince Castaldo was the last Saint to be awarded top individual honors when he was named the Northern League MVP in 1994.

In selecting the Player of the Year, each team received two votes, one by the manager and one from the General Manager/media member, for a total of 26 votes.

Swarmer tops ACBL awards and named All-American
August 21, 2015
Matt SwarmerMatt Swarmer (Kutztown University, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) was the unanimous selection for both the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award and the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

The 6-5 RHP went 8-0 in the regular season with a 0.55 ERA in nine starts. He put up an astonishing 89 strikeouts with only three walks in 65 innings in the regular season. The rising senior at Kutztown University then pitched the Allentown Railers to the 2015 ACBL Championship by going 2-0 in the playoffs with 19 strikeouts and just one walk in 17.1 innings while allowing only one earned run.

Swarmer was also recognized nationally as he was named as a first team starter on the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-American team.

Justin Cassinelli (Susquehanna, Staten Island Tide, 2015) won the ACBL Hitting and Slugging Award. The rising junior hit .386 with a .627 slugging average.

Kyle McKelvy (Widener, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) was named Relief Pitcher of the Year after posting five saves.

DiFazio having big year with St.Paul
August 15, 2015

St. Paul Saints catcher/first baseman Vinny DiFazio shares a laugh with team mates during batting practice before the Saints game against Lincoln Saltdogs on Friday, July 24, 2015. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

By Tom Bonekemper | Quakertown Blazers
Photo Courtesy of John Autey | Pioneer Press

Catcher Vin DiFazio (Alabama, Quakertown Blazers 2005, 2008) is putting up big numbers with the first place St. Paul Saints in the American Association.

The former ACBL top prospect and MVP in 2005 tops the league in average at .378 and RBIs with 73. He is second in home runs with 15 and has a good shot at the triple crown.

The Saints are out in front of the North Division with a 59-19 record and average over 8,000 fans per game.

In 2008 DiFazio returned to the Blazers after rehabilitating from a rare illness. The next spring he was the starting catcher for the University of Alabama and played four seasons in the Texas Rangers' system after being drafted in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Rangers.

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