Saturday, November 27, 2010

FORMER SOUTHERN MARYLAND HURLER PROMOTED TO 40-MAN ROSTER BY TAMPA BAY

Another former Atlantic League pitcher has made his way onto a 40-man major league roster which means he is certain to get a decent look during spring training.

Tampa Bay is giving Dane DeLaRosa the 40-man treatment. This hulking righty (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) had turned in mixed results in various Independent leagues before he got to Southern Maryland in 2009. Even though the competition was tougher, the now 27-year-old had a nifty 1.11 earned run average in 18 appearances for Butch Hobson's Blue Crabs.

DeLaRosa struck out 32 hitters, walked only seven and gave up just 16 hits in 24.1 innings while splitting a pair of decisions and picking up three saves. He truly traveled the Independent landscape, working in three different seasons in the Golden League (Orange County, which is in Fullerton, CA plus Long Beach, CA and Yuma, AZ) and was in the American Association (El Paso, TX).

In 2010, the right-hander went 9-3 with four saves and a 1.97 earned run average for Class AA Montgomery, AL. He continued the strikeout-an-inning pace (75 in 73 innings) covering 47 appearances, and it obviously made an impact on Tampa Bay officials.

SCOTT PATTERSON, JON HUBER GET NEW CONTRACTS

The signing of recently-released players is continuing. Reliever Scott Patterson, who started his pro career in the Independent ranks, is getting another opportunity with Seattle's top farm club in Tacoma, WA. His Indy time was in Sauget, IL (Gateway Grizzlies) in the Frontier League and with Lancaster in the Atlantic League. He became a closer while with the Barnstormers.

Another Lancaster right-hander, Jon Huber, has re-signed in the Los Angeles Dodgers chain despite recent struggles in Venezuala. He saved 18 games along with a 3-3 record and a 2.23 ERA in the Class AA Southern League (Chattanooga, TN), and is now on the Triple-A Albuquerque, NM roster.

Southpaw Edwin Walker has gone up a level in the Houston organization, now residing on the Double-A Corpus Christi, TX roster. Walker once was ticketed for York although he did not appear in any games before signing with the Astros.


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