Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Crab Camp Notes -- March 24

[Kevin - I'm re-posting this, the format was messed up for me, maybe for others(maybe not), and I couldn't fix it in the other post.]
Photo of Wilking Rodriguez courtesy of Charlotte Stone Crabs

[Via email from the Charlotte Stone Crabs' Marketing Manager Jonathan Gantt.]

NOTES: Minor league affiliate rosters are still in limbo with big league camp still holding at 45 players, but the Stone Crabs did have manager Jim Morrison back at the helm for today’s spring training matchup against the High-A affiliate of the Fort Myers Miracle.

Fort Myers picked up a 6-5 victory over Charlotte on the back fields as new Miracle manager Jake Mauer (brother of Twins catcher Joe Mauer) coached opposite Morrison.

The Tampa Bay Rays made 11 cuts following today’s game, which should create a trickle-down effect for the affiliate rosters tomorrow. Look for a few more familiar faces as the Stone Crabs face off against Salem (Red Sox) in Fort Myers tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

John Matulia*
Robi Estrada
Michael Sheridan
Shawn Williams*
Greg Sexton*
Ty Morrison
Alejandro Torres
Reid Fronk*
Diogenes Luis*
Ruben Contreras
Wilking Rodriguez – Starting Pitcher -- 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

*Denotes member of Stone Crabs roster during 2009 season

Matulia: 2-for-2, Double, Single, 2 R
Sexton: 1-for-1, Single
Fronk: 0-for-0, Walk
Contreras: 1-for-1, 2-R Home Run

What’d they say:
Manager Jim Morrison

On rosters:
“A lot of the guys here are going to be bumped down as big league camp bumps guys down. We’re about midway through. Guys are working hard, doing good things, and continuing to work.”

On returning players (Matulia, Fronk and Williams):
“Today was an abnormal day in that our older guys only played three innings and then headed over to play with the big club. Normally, they’d get five or six innings in, but we got them a couple at-bats and then they headed over to help the big league club out.”

[Originally posted by Jim Donten]


  1. Who were the 11 that were cut?

  2. The 11 cuts: Justin Ruggiano was optioned to Durham and Dan Johnson was placed on waivers. 9 others assigned to minor league camp: Winston Abreu, Joe Bateman, Jeff Bennett, Richard De Los Santos, Carlos Hernandez, Heath Phillips, Angel Chavez, J.J. Furmaniak and Ryan Shealy.

  3. Dan Johnson cleared waivers, so now he has to decide whether to accept an assignment to Durham or to become a free agent. Hope he picks Durham.