We featured the former Independent players--all 48 of them--who will be in major league spring training camps in yesterday's Independent Baseball Insider column, but with teams frequently making players available for a specific exhibition game and wanting to take a look at them we can imagine numerous other familiar names showing up in box scores.
These would seem to be some of the likely candidates, listed by major league team with their former Independent affiliations in parenthesis:
Arizona--RHP Brian Sweeney (Lafayette, IN, Heartland League, and Somerset, NJ, Atlantic League, although he did not appear in regular season games for the latter).
Baltimore--RHP Chris Jakubauskas (Lincoln, NE, American Association; Orange County, Golden League; Florence, KY and Ohio Valley, Frontier League); LHP Alberto Castillo (Newark and Camden, NJ, and Road Warriors, Atlantic League; Schaumburg, IL, Northern League).
Oakland--RHP Mike Benacka (River City, Frontier League).
San Francisco--OF Justin Christian (Southern Maryland, Atlantic League; River City, Frontier League); LHP Justin Dowdy (Wichita, KS, and Shreveport, LA, American Association; Alexandria, LA, United League; Calgary, CA, Northern League; Rockford, IL, Frontier League).
Seattle--RHP Scott Patterson (Lancaster, PA, Atlantic League; Gateway, Frontier League).
We invite readers to help us watch for others who show up in major league games with this information sent to RWirz@aol.com.
Friday, February 18, 2011
WHO ELSE WILL SHOW UP IN SPRING TRAINING GAMES?
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.