Tuesday, July 13, 2010

PHILLIES TAKE TWO YOUNG RELIEVERS FROM ATLANTIC LEAGUE

The story below represents one small portion of Tuesday's Atlantic League Notebook, which has been sent to subscribers in its entirety:

Player sales out of the Atlantic League to major league organizations slowed up for a time, but Philadelphia jumped back into the picture Tuesday by purchasing two of the younger players in last week’s All-Star Game, right-hander Joe Esposito out of Long Island and lefty Derrick Loop from Camden. The sales brought the number of players moved this season, including those who went to foreign leagues, to 30, Executive Director Joe Klein said.

Both of the Philadelphia purchases had high strikeout and low hit totals. Esposito, 25, had fanned 53 hitters and allowed only 35 hits in 48.1 innings, which included four starts among 25 appearances. The New York Tech product hurled a scoreless ninth inning in the All-Star Game, and leaves the Ducks with a 3-4, 2.98 record. Loop, 26, a pickoff artist, fanned 40 batters and gave up 22 hits (no home runs) in 31.1 innings while compiling a 1.72 earned run average. He lost his only decision.

The Notebook also included these stories in detail:

--A trivia contest question on each of the Atlantic League managers, all of whom have considerable major league experience. It is a name-dropper's delight.

--How Atlantic League graduates fared in All-Star action Monday.

--The exuberant words of one player after his long-awaited first major league hit, which, ironically, almost was taken away by another player from the Atlantic League.

--An Atlantic League rememberance of Bob Sheppard.

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