It is nice to see that Nick Belmonte was able to pretty well stay within his goal of having mostly players 25 and under for the first Independent League Prospect Tournament in St. Petersburg, FL February 24-March 4. Every player on the rosters was born between 1983 and 1990. Not a lot of the players were born before 1986.
In a few instances, players were shifted from the league where they played in the past (or are under contract) to balance the rosters.
Here are the rosters:
Pitchers: Reyes Dorado, Matt Summo, Jake Laber, Kevin Fuqua, Kyle Dahman, Drew Graham, Justin Edwards, Joe Harris, Jeremy Brewer, Alberto Rolon.
Catchers: Alan Rick, Alberto Espinosa.
Infielders: Trent Lockwood, Price Kendall, Jose Duran, Ron Bourquin.
Outfielders: Tim Alberts, Mitch Einerstein, Josh Workman.
Pitchers: Shaun Ellis, Stephen Fox, Jimmer Kennedy, Jake Hale, Pat Moran, Zach Woods, Alex Smith, T. J. Wink, Mike Zenko.
Catchers: Patrick D'Aoust, Billy Alvino.
Infielders: Ryan Mollica, Nick Giarraputo, Mark Minicozzi, Jerod Edmondson, Matt Nandin, Danny Bomback.
Outfielders: Eric McGee, Brian Sabatella, Bobby Wagner.
Pitchers: Jordan Cudney, Don Lisi, Nick Schreiber, Andy Mee, David Harden, Dan Marcacci, Tim Brown, Eric Binder, Justin Hall.
Catchers: Pat Trettel, Brett Chamberlain.
Infielders: Will Block, Jesse Sikorski, Evan Button, Travis Weaver.
Outfielders: Alex Foltz, Mike Mobbs, Sean Harrell, Asif Shah.
NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
Pitchers: Chander Barnard, Fernando Hernandez, Corey Goudeau, Tom Boleska, Logan Williamson, Chad Robinson, Chris Kaminski, Wade Morrison.
Catchers: Zach Larson, Angel Flores.
Infielders: Daryl Jones, Danny Gonzalez, Jose Sanchez, Davis Page, C. J. Zeigler.
Outfielders: David Peralta, Lyndon Poole, Matt Wright.
We mentioned the Newark, NJ (Can-Am League) hire of Ken Oberkfell as its new manager in yesterday's Independent Baseball Insider column because he was a major league bench coach (New York Mets) as recently as last summer, but that has not been the only managerial appointment in recent days.
Camden, NJ (Atlantic League) elevated pitching coach Jeff Scott to replace Von Hayes, Maui, HA (North American League) appointed former closer Jamie Vermilyea to replace Brendan Sagara, who took a pitching coach position with the Miami Marlins organization, and Garry Templeton, last year's Maui field boss, has taken over at Yuma, AZ in the same league.
Another significant move saw veteran major league and Independent pitcher Bill Pulsipher become pitching coach for Winnipeg (American Association). Ironically, he also is replacing Sagara, who had that job last year. Pulsipher ended his 18-year professional career last summer with Somerset, NJ of the Atlantic League.