September 2010


I just wanted to write a little thank you message to all those that read the Shorebirds Blog this season.  It was certainly a lot of fun to write about the team and some of the nuances that don’t get noticed by the casual viewer. 

Keep reading the Shorebirds blog for off season news and notes as they become available. 

Former ‘Birds Pitching in Playoffs

I was reading today and Steve Melewski wrote about the Keys setting up their pitching rotation for the upcoming playoffs.

Olive Drake (2009 ‘Birds starter) goes in game one, Ryan O’Shea (2009 ‘Birds starter) game two and Zach Clark game three.  If there is a game four, Luis Noel will take the ball and if it goes the distance, Steve is reporting that it will either by Cole McCurry (’09 ‘Birds pitcher) or Kenny Moreland (’10 ‘Birds pitcher). 

Good luck to the Keys!

Former ‘Birds to AZL

The Orioles have announced the eight players that will play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League this year. 

Several are former Shorebirds…

2009 starter Oliver Drake

2009 reliever Pat Egan

2008 second baseman Ryan Adams

2009 shortstop Greg Miclat

2010 first baseman Tyler Townsend

The non-former Shorebirds include: Wynn Pelzer, Kam Mickolio and Caleb Joseph

Last years pitching coach, Blaine Beatty, will serve as the pitching coach for the Scottsdale team.

Congrats to Snyder!

First baseman Brandon Snyder was called up the Baltimore Orioles yesterday for the first time in his career. 

He played for the Shorebirds in 2006 and 2007.  In ’06, he hit .194 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 38 games.  In ’07, he batted .283 with 11 homers and 58 RBIs. 

Snyder becomes the first Shorebirds played to make the majors since Brad Bergesen’s jump in 2009.

The last Shorebirds position player to make it to the major leagues is Nick Markakis in 2006.  Markakis played for the Shorebirds in 2004. 

Quickest Game Since 2001

Last night’s game breezed right by us all.  A grand total of 1-hour and 53 minute. 

The last time a Shorebirds nine-inning game was played faster was during the 2001 season when a 1-hour 49 minute nine-inning game was played. 

As of now, I don’t have a lot of information about that game.  I found out through the 10th Anniversary book that was printed by the Shorebirds in 2005. 

I’ll keep digging.

Who is Scott Copeland?

Since he is making his debut on the hill tonight, I thought I would introduce you to ‘Birds righty Scott Copeland. 

First of all, he made 12 starts for the Ironbirds and posted a 2-5 mark with a 2.91 ERA.  Copeland led the Ironbirds in starts (12) and innings pitched (65.0).  He is an extreme extreme (I meant to write that twice) ground ball pitcher.  His GO/AO (groundout to airout) ratio is 3.47.  The Penn League hit just .197 against him this year.

He was selected in the 21st round of the 2010 draft out of Southern Mississippi.  During his senior campaign, he posted an 11-1 record with a 3.75 ERA.  Copeland led conference USA in wins.  In the C-USA Championship, he went 2-0 in 11.2 innings.  He was named the C-USA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

In 2009, Copeland was on the Southern Miss. team that advanced to the College World Series.  He went 2-5 with a 6.41 ERA that season.  They were eliminated after two games.  Texas beat them in game one 7-6 and UNC took out the Golden Eagles in game two, 11-4.  Copeland tossed 0.2 of an inning in relief of game one of the CWS.  It was the first time in school history that Southern Miss. made the CWS. 

He played one season at Panola Community College before transferring to Southern Miss.


Postseason All-Stars Announced

No Shorebirds player made the 2010 SAL Postseason All-Star Team but I still thought many of you might be interested in finding out who did.

Here is the release right from the league…

St. Petersburg. Florida–Eric Krupa, President of the South Atlantic League, announced the selection of the 2010 Annual All-Star Team.  The All-Star Team was voted on by the 14 South Atlantic League Team’s Field Managers, General Managers, Sports Writers and Broadcasters for a total of 56 votes.


The Annual All-Star Team was highlighted by the selections for Most Outstanding Pitcher, Most Outstanding Major League Prospect and Most Valuable Player.  James Fuller of the Savannah Sand Gnats was selected as the Most Outstanding Pitcher.  Fuller has a 8-3 record and leads the league with a 1.93 ERA in 19 games.  Jonathan Singleton, first baseman for the Lakewood BlueClaws, was chosen as the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect.  Singleton is batting .297 with 107 hits and 14 home runs in 98 games.  Lexington outfielder J.D. Martinez was selected as the Most Valuable Player.  Martinez was batting .362 in 88 games, 348 at bats, with 126 hits and 15 home runs before being promoted to Corpus Christi in the Texas League.


Mark Parent of the Lakewood BlueClaws has been selected as Manager and Marc Valdes of the Savannah Sand Gnats was chosen to be the Coach of the 2010 Annual All-Star team.  Five teams each placed two players on the Annual All-Star Team.  Representing the Asheville Tourists are Jared Clark (first base) and Eliezer Mesa (outfielder).  The Augusta GreenJackets contributed Jorge Bucardo (right-handed pitcher) and Christopher Dominguez (third base).  Destin Hood (utility outfielder) and Justin Bloxom (designated hitter) represent the Hagerstown Suns.  The Lakewood BlueClaws added Sebastian Valle (catcher) and Jonathan Villar (shortstop) while the Lexington Legends contributed Jose Altuve (second base) and J.D. Martinez (outfielder and Most Valuable Player).  The Charleston RiverDogs, Greenville Drive and Savannah Sand Gnats each had one representative on the All-Star Team.  Charleston’s Robert Lyerly (utility infielder) is joined by Greenville’s Jeremy Hazelbaker (outfielder) and Savannah’s James Fuller (left-handed pitcher and Most Outstanding Pitcher).  


2010 South Atlantic League All-Star Team





Mark Parent

Lakewood BlueClaws


Marc Valdes

Savannah Sand Gnats

RH Pitcher

Jorge Bucardo

Augusta GreenJackets

LH Pitcher

James Fuller

Savannah Sand Gnats


Sebastian Valle

Lakewood BlueClaws

First Baseman

Jared Clark

Asheville Tourists

Second Baseman

Jose Altuve

Lexington Legends


Jonathan Villar

Lakewood BlueClaws

Third Baseman

Christopher Dominguez

Augusta GreenJackets

Utility Infielder

Robert Lyerly

Charleston RiverDogs


J.D. Martinez

Lexington Legends


Eliezer Mesa

Asheville Tourists


Jeremy Hazelbaker

Greenville Drive

Utility Outfielder

Destin Hood

Hagerstown Suns

Designated Hitter

Justin Bloxom

Hagerstown Suns




Most Outstanding Pitcher

James Fuller

Savannah Sand Gnats

Most Outstanding MLB Prospect

Jonathan Singleton

Lakewood BlueClaws

Most Valuable Player

J.D. Martinez

Lexington Legends


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