Procuring marquee players has never been more difficult. The league opened its second third Wednesday with just six players selected in the first three rounds of this year’s draft on active rosters. During their recent stop at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the Batavia Muckdogs used five non-drafted free agents from North America. The St. Louis Cardinals plucked two of those players from independent leagues.
Hudson Valley outfielder Kes Carter, a supplemental first-round selection from Western Kentucky, holds the title as the NY-PL’s highest 2011 draft pick. Carter was selected 56th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Renegades’ roster also includes pitcher Lenny Lisky [sic], a second-rounder from Hawaii. Hudson Valley leads the league in high 2011 picks for obvious reasons.
Brian Woodson profiles diaper dandy Taylor Motter, Princeton's 21 year-old shortstop out of Coastal Carolina:
“I have played it my whole life so I feel like nothing has changed, just the speed of the game, but you have just got to slow it down,” Motter said. “After you play it 18 or 19 years, you know exactly where to be at the right time and you know exactly what to do.
Talking to the press about this is either naive or stupid. Or both. But Hudson Valley starting pitcher Andrew Bellatti and manager Jared Sandberg spoke with Nancy Haggerty:
Reid died at the scene. His son sustained several broken bones. Bellatti’s girlfriend suffered facial cuts and a concussion. Bellatti, who didn’t know Garrett Reid or his father, a volunteer with the school’s drama program, sustained cuts and bruises.
Later charged with multiple counts, carrying a potential combined sentence of more than seven years in prison, Bellatti found unwavering support in his family, girlfriend and the Rays organization. “The Rays called my agent and my family and told both, ‘We love this kid. He’s a great kid. No matter what happens, he’ll still have a job here.’ That meant the world to me,” Bellatti said.
Hot, hot, hot:
Batter Team G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP BA OBP SLG OPS Oscar Hernandez VSL 48 169 69 10 1 17 47 24 28 12 .408 .512 .781 1.293 Jeff Malm HDV 23 78 23 5 0 6 16 17 18 6 .295 .455 .590 1.045 Cameron Seitzer PRI 20 68 22 4 0 3 16 12 20 1 .324 .432 .515 .947