August 2009

Gamboa to Arizona Fall League

The recognition for Eddie Gamboa continues to pour in.  There was some chatter about this in the hotel lobby before leaving for the ballpark today so I wanted to verify it.  According to MASNsports.com and Steve Melewski, Eddie Gamboa is indeed headed to the Arizona Fall League.

Here is the list of minor leaguers headed to the prestigious AFL -

Brandon Snyder – Norfolk

Josh Bell – Bowie

Matt Angle – Frederick

Eddie Gamboa – Bowie

Ryohei Tanaka – Bowie

Josh Perrault – Norfolk

Brandon Erbe – Bowie

Brandon Waring (“taxi squad” – can only play two days a week) – Frederick

The eight O’s prospects are going to be playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, winners of five straight AFL titles.  They will be teamed with prospects from the A’s, Rays, Blue Jays and Nats.

 

Venditte Featured on E-60

This is pretty cool.  Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous pitcher in the NY Yankees farm system, was featured on E-60 last night.  A lot of the footage was shot in Charleston at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.  The Shorebirds missed seeing him pitch because he was promoted to the Tampa Yankees a couple weeks before our trip to Charleston.

Interesting piece done by E-60.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

It is a beautiful day in Eastlake, Ohio from what I can tell from my hotel window.  Sunny skies.  Chris Salberg on the hill for the Birds tonight at Classic Park.

Hudson Featured in Mattoon Messenger

Still roaming around the internet for Shorebirds related articles.  The Mattoon Messenger, an online paper in Hudson’s hometown, contacted me about two weeks ago about doing a feature on him.  The feature just came out today.  Some interesting stuff is included.  Did you know that Kyle Hudson was inducted into the Mattoon High School Hall of Fame in 2006? 

Read the full article by CLICKING HERE.

Gamboa Featured in Baltimore Sun

Just woke up today in Eastlake, Ohio and I was browsing around the internet until I found a feature about former Shorebirds pitcher Eddie Gamboa in the Baltimore Sun.  Dean Jones writes a Orioles minor league feature every week.  What a story Gamboa has been…Enjoy the article.  You have to start thinking about Eddie G. as a serious prospect now.  He has been promoted twice in one season, that is rare.

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What a difference a year makes.

Eddie Gamboa was 1-7 with a 3.63 ERA in 12 starts for Rookie-level Bluefield in 2008 but has thrived after moving to the bullpen this season.

The 24-year-old right-hander, who was promoted to Double-A Bowie on Aug. 17, is 10-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 34 total appearances at three levels – Single-A Delmarva, Single-A Frederick and Bowie – in 2009.

“You just have to be ready to come in and throw strikes right off the bat. I think that’s one of my strengths as a pitcher,” Gamboa said. “I can come in and locate three different pitches for strikes, whether I see the hitters once or twice. It really just changes how you approach it.”

Gamboa wasn’t sure whether he was going to make the roster of one of the Orioles’ full-season affiliates before spring training, but he has kept his immaculate 2009 campaign going by using the three pitches – two-seam fastball, cutter and changeup – that caught the attention of the organization in March.

“I didn’t want to be a 24-year-old stuck in extended [spring training]. I don’t think I was one of the guys going to Delmarva until I was able to show something in spring training,” Gamboa said. “Whatever got me to Delmarva, I stayed with it and it got me to Frederick and now to Bowie.”

Gamboa, selected by the Orioles in the 21st round of the 2008 amateur draft out of UC Davis, was 6-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 18 appearances for Delmarva before being called up to Frederick in late June. He won four games and only allowed three runs (two earned) in 33 innings with the Keys before heading to Bowie.

Keys pitching coach Kennie Steenstra cites Gamboa’s hard work and character as the main factors that led to his emergence from virtual anonymity to a perfect record this season.

“He came up to us, threw lots of strikes and kept the ball down in the zone,” Steenstra said. “Honestly, he flew under my radar a little bit. I didn’t really know much about him coming out of spring training. He had some success at Delmarva. He was brought up and continued that success [in Frederick], so it’s good to see.”

Gamboa’s ability to make adjustments has helped him transition to a relief role, according to Orioles director of player development David Stockstill.

“The two big things are command of his pitches and deception,” Stockstill said. “His deception is outstanding, the way he changes speeds and the command of the pitches when getting ahead of hitters.”

Gamboa plans to continue to improve this offseason.

“I want to hopefully get a little bigger, stronger, more flexible and come back with a little more [velocity] on my ball,” Gamboa said. “I want to try to become a true prospect here. … If I can make myself more of a powerful guy with command, I think I’m going to give myself some good opportunities going forward.”

While Gamboa turned a lot of heads this season, he needs to rely on his strengths as he climbs the ladder in the organization, Steenstra said.

“He has a chance to make it. It’s hard to teach a guy command and control, and that’s something he already has,” Steenstra said. “Hopefully he can continue to hone those skills a little bit and keep moving up the chain.”

Stolen Base Leaders and Size

Somebody asked me a couple days ago whether Joe Mahoney is the tallest player ever to lead his team in stolen bases.  I can’t answer that but here is a look at the top 10 stolen base guys in the South Atlantic League and their height.

1) Anthony Gose – 68, Lakewood – 6’1″

2) Scott Robinson – 41, Asheville – 6’0″

2) Kevin Mattison – 41, Greensboro – 6’0″

4) Harold Garcia – 36, Lakewood – 5’11”

5) Donnie Webb – 34, Lake County – 5’11”

6) Robbie Grossman – 32, West Virginia – 6’1″

6) Abraham Almonte – 32, Charleston – 5’9″

8) Joe Mahoney – 29 – Delmarva – 6’7″ 

8) Xavier Avery – 29 – Delmarva – 5’11”

8) Kyle Hudson – 29 – Delmarva – 5’11”

How about the Eastern League (AA).  The stolen base leader is Quentin Berry of the Reading Phillies with 47.  He is 6’1″.  How about the International League (AAA).  Drew Stubbs of the Louisville Bats was the league leader with 46.  He was just called up to the Reds.  He is the closest thing you’ll find to Mahoney’s height.  Stubbs is 6’4″.

This should put Mahoney’s feat at 6’7″ into perspective for you. 

Flacco Brothers Article in Sun

Really neat article in the Baltimore Sun today about Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) and Mike Flacco (Bluefield Orioles).

There is a great chance that Mike will be here in Delmarva at some point next season.

The article delves into their relationship and the hope that they both play in Baltimore someday. 

Check out the article by clicking here

Float for the Fund Pictures

Float for the Fund (our roatbeer float fundraiser) was outstanding last night.  By the fourth inning of game one, we were sold out of 500 cups!  Thanks to all the fans that participated.  Also to the celebrities that scooped out the ice cream, thanks.

I know the press box people bought eight cups alone.  Nick Hearn went down for refills three times for all of us.  Is that excessive?

I can guarantee you that the 2nd Annual Float for the Fund will happen in 2010.

Here are some pictures from the event last night (thanks to Emily Horlacher)…

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Good Timing for Joe Mahoney

Mahoney hit a towering home run in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Shorebirds to a walk-off win in game one of the doubleheader on Sunday night. 

It was his first home run since July 22nd (24 games).  He went 83 at-bats without a home run during the power outage. 

Nice to see him connect on a big time shot.

One other thing before I say goodnight.  The Shorebirds might be playing their best defense all season.  They have committed fewer errors (14) than games played (20).  Look at the other months this season…

July – 33 Errors/26 Games

June – 32 Errors/29 Games

May – 30 Errors/28 Games

April – 23 Errors/18 Games

Just nine more home games at Perdue Stadium this season.  Hard to believe. 

Float for the Fund! 5:05 Game 1 Start

 


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73 Gallons of ice cream are being used for tonights “Float for the Fund” at Perdue Stadium! That is a little bit more than 276 liters of ice cream.  I hear we have over 150 liters of roat beer.  That’s enough for all of Salisbury.  I might have to sneak out of the press box at some point to get me a float.

For just $5 you can get a rootbeer float served up by local celebrities like WBOC’s Dennis Ketterer, the B 95.3 & 101.7 Karen, Davis Ruark, Rick Pollitt and others. The float comes in a commemorative Shorebirds mug for you to keep. Of course your cup is filled with delicous MUG brand rootbeer and vanilla icecream. All proceeds go to the Shorebirds Community Fund, which was established this year with the goal to use the funds to support local youth sports programs.

The rootbeer float stand will be set-up inside the ballpark and will run until we run out of mugs. Sunday is also our Orange Crush Jersey Cinch Sack giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. Tickets start as low as $6.

 

Aaron Scott Named SAL Trainer of the Year

Salisbury, MD – This past Wednesday, August 18th, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) announced the recipients of the 2009 Minor League Trainers of the Year Awards.  The Delmarva Shorebirds are pleased to reveal that Shorebirds Athletic Trainer Aaron Scott was named the South Atlantic League Trainer of the Year. 
 
The Delmarva Shorebirds have now had the PBATS South Atlantic League Trainer of the Year for three straight years.  Former Shorebirds Athletic Trainer Patrick Wesley, who is currently the ATC in Frederick, was the recipient in 2007 and 2008. 
 
Scott is finishing his sixth season with the Baltimore Orioles and his first as Athletic Trainer for the Delmarva Shorebirds.  In 2004, he served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Shorebirds. 
 
“It’s certainly an honor to receive the athletic trainer of the year award for the South Atlantic League,” said Scott.  “Especially knowing how many outstanding athletic trainers are represented in this league.”
 
Scott first joined the Baltimore Orioles back in 2005, as the Florida Athletic Trainer at the Orioles minor league complex in Sarasota.  Then, in 2006, he became the Athletic Trainer for the Bluefield Orioles.  In 2007 and 2008, he served in the same capacity for the Aberdeen Ironbirds. 
 
Throughout the 2009 season, Scott has worked tirelessly to ensure that each injury has been handled with the utmost care and professionalism. 
 
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the Shorebirds this season,” said a humbled Scott. “We have a tremendous staff and a great group of players.  They make it very easy to come to the park everyday and perform my job.”
 
Scott first honed his skills as an athletic trainer in college at the University of Northern Iowa.  He then served two separate internships with Detroit Lions and was the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. 
 
Richie Bancells, head Athletic Trainer for the Baltimore Orioles and President of PBATS, made the announcement.  Scott and the other 15 league winners are now eligible for the prestigious Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year Award, which is voted upon by the full membership of the PBATS.  The winner will be announced at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in Indianapolis between December 7th and 10th. 
 
For more information about the Delmarva Shorebirds, visit www.theshorebirds.com.
 

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