Post by KY Crusader 75 on Jul 9, 2021 15:52:29 GMT -5
I thought it might be interesting to track our Crusaders playing minor league ball this year.
Relief Pitcher for Winston-Salem Class A+ Chicago White Sox 15 Games 21.1 IP 1-2 WL 5.91 ERA 10 BB 20 K
This is his second pro season He is 23YO and median age on team is 24 YO
Infielder for Pensacola Class AA Miami Marlins 16 Games (don't know if he's been injured or is a bench player as the team has played 57 games 59 At Bats .302 batting average .373 OBP .472 slugging average
This is his fifth pro season He is 27YO and the median age on the team is 25YO
Crusaders no longer playing minor league ball
Mike Ahmed-- played 7 seasons in minors and made it to AAA for 25 games. Age 29 now-did not play in 2020 (Covid shutdown?) and has not played this year. I thought he might have made it to MLB for at least a "cup of coffee" as an infielder who could play several positions
Brendan King-- Played three seasons in Cubs organization-as high as A+ but did not play in 2020 (Covid) and has not played this year. Pitched well in minors and figure the Cubs liked his average of 9+ K/9 innings, Age 27 now.
Pat McGowan- played in Independent League last year and was 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA, Has not played this year--don't know if all leagues have started their seasons.
After hitting two HRs and driving in 4 runs with the FCL East Tigers, Ben Malgeri was promoted to the low Class A Lakeland Flying Tigers in the Southeast division of what used to be the Florida State League.
Ben Malgeri is lighting it up for the Tigers’ minor league affiliates (FCL Tigers-2 games and low Class A Lakeland-21 games). He is hitting .337 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs, 4 stolen bases and a .959 OPS in 86 at bats. If he continues on this pace, I envision a promotion to high Class A West Michigan either in September or 2022.
Post by WorcesterGray on Sept 11, 2021 13:00:43 GMT -5
Cronin is also a bit younger than the average batter in Double-A South (formerly the Southern League), which is a good sign.
Ben Malgeri is also a little younger than the average pitcher in Low-A Southeast, and is .302/.384/.434 in 146 PA at Lakeland. Not much pop, but drawing some walks and has committed just one error in forty-five chances across the outfield.
Ben Malgeri left Holy Cross to go to Northeastern via a stop at New Mexico JC. The following of his career on this board should end as a result. Best of luck to him, but we should care less.
Perhaps highlighting that HC had a talented freshman, but there were reasons which compelled him to transfer, is worthwhile to track. If the team wants to improve, they need to recruit and retain their talented players. Wiping them out of their memories, or pretending it never happened, will not lead to progress.
- anything followed or not here regarding a one year baseball player isn't going to help the club "progress".
- as to following past MBB players, speak for yourself, not "we".
Perhaps some on this board also participate in AD discussions, are active during giving campaigns or have other opportunities to voice their opinions/concerns. Therefore, creating awareness or having an open discussion on a message board could have an impact.
Post by longsuffering on Sept 15, 2021 15:35:44 GMT -5
From a human perspective, these players often start getting followed on the board a couple of years before they play their first game and if they become grad transfers out, that's up to six years posters follow them and root for them, so former players are not always strangers that pass through like ships in the night.