Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ex-Rays In The Independent Leagues

Quite a few former Rays organization players are now in the independent leagues. I'll try to update this list periodically, so let me know in the comments if there is anyone I've missed. Last Rays team is in parentheses.

NORTH AMERICAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (opening day is May 25th)

Lake County Fielders:
LHP Jino Gonzalez (2008 Montgomery Biscuits)
INF Cesar Suarez (2009 Montgomery Biscuits)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION (opening day is May 11th)

Kansas City T-Bones:
IF/OF Ray Sadler (2009 Durham Bulls)

Lincoln Saltdogs:
RHP Angel Castro (2009 Montgomery Biscuits)

Amarillo Sox:
RHP Justin Garcia (2010 Durham Bulls)

St. Paul Saints:
LHP Aaron Dott (2010 Bowling Green Hot Rods)

ATLANTIC LEAGUE (opening day is April 29th)

Lancaster Barnstormers:
C Alvin Colina (2010 Durham Bulls)

Long Island Ducks:
OF John Rodriguez (2008 Durham Bulls)
LHP Heath Phillips (2010 Durham Bulls)
RHP Ruddy Lugo (2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Durham Bulls)

York Revolution:
RHP Matt DeSalvo (2009 Durham Bulls)
INF Vince Harrison (2004 Montgomery Biscuits)

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs:
C Christian Lopez (2009 Charlotte Stone Crabs)
OF Shaun Cumberland (2007 Montgomery Biscuits)
OF Jeremy Owens (2008 Durham Bulls)
RHP Eduardo Morlan (2010 Montgomery Biscuits)

Somerset Patriots:
LHP Jason Cromer (2010 Durham Bulls)
DH/1B Josh Pressley (2002 Durham Bulls and Orlando Rays)

Camden Riversharks:
RHP Chris Mason (2009 Durham Bulls)
C Toby Hall (2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
RHP Jason Johnson (1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays)

Bridgeport Bluefish:
1B Wes Bankston (2007 Durham Bulls)
IF Angel Chavez (2010 Durham Bulls)
1B Eric Munson (2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Durham Bulls)

CAN-AM LEAGUE (opening day is May 26th)

Brockton Rox:
LHP Mike Wlodarczyk (2009 Durham Bulls)
IF Shawn Williams (2010 Charlotte Stone Crabs)

New Jersey Jackals:
OF Ryan Royster (2010 Montgomery Biscuits)

Quebec Les Capitales:
RHP Rayner Oliveros (2010 Montgomery Biscuits)

Newark Bears:
OF Burt Reynolds (2010 Bowling Green Hot Rods and Hudson Valley Renegades)

FRONTIER LEAGUE (opening day is May 19th)

Joliet Slammers:
IF Matt Fields (2010 Montgomery Biscuits)

Lake Erie Crushers:
RHP Jeff Cinadr (2009 Hudson Valley Renegades)
RHP Travis Risser (2008 Columbus Catfish)
IF Chase Fontaine (2008 Vero Beach Devil Rays)

Traverse City Beach Bums:
RHP Peter Woodworth (2010 GCL Rays)
RHP Devin Fuller (2010 Hudson Valley Renegades)
RHP Kyle Ayers (2010 Hudson Valley Renegades)
OF J.T. Hall (2009 Montgomery Biscuits)

Gateway Grizzlies:
OF Jason Patton (2009 Princeton Rays)

River City Rascals:
IF Brian Harris (2010 Princeton Rays)
OF Bryan Fogle (2010 Princeton Rays)


Hanhwa Eagles:
RHP Julio DePaula (2009 Durham Bulls)

SK Wyverns:
RHP Gary Glover (2008 Tampa Bay Rays)
RHP Jim Magrane (2006 Durham Bulls)

[Update]: On March 25th INF Chase Fontaine was traded to the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier Leauge from the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League.

I also added players in the Korea Baseball Organization. Still to go: Japan and Taiwan (need English websites), and after spring training I'll start through the other 29 organizations in affiliated ball.

The last one will take a while, 29 x 5 = 145 rosters to check just for MLB, AAA, AA, A+ and A ball. If anyone has news from Japan (I'm using NPB Tracker) or Taiwan, please post with a link. Thanks.


  1. Orocovis Sentinels
    Puerto Rico AA
    2B Elias Otero
    (2010 Hudson Valley Renegades)

  2. Looking for yesterday's names of released minor leaguers. Do you know where I can find it? I wish them all safe trips home and success in their next venture.

  3. Nice to see Jason Cromer find work. Awful time last year. Maybe this year?

    I've had no luck chasing down Rashad Eldridge or Heath Phillips. Have I missed something?