Several former Independent players have been given nice promotions in recent days in the affiliated minor leagues. These include:
–RHP Shaun Ellis (New Jersey, Can-Am League; El Paso, TX, American Association; Gateway, Frontier League), who was signed before spring training, from A to AA by Cincinnati.
–C Jeff Howell (Lincoln, NE, American Association) from A to AAA by Washington.
–RHP Chris Martin, another who started in the Indy game at Grand Prairie, from AA to AAA by Boston.
–LHP David Quinowski (Lincoln and Gary, IN, American Association; Somerset, NJ, Atlantic League) from A to AA by Baltimore.
–INF Vance Albitz (Lincoln) from AA to AAA by St. Louis.
NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG UMPIRE
Anthony Sheets is a 22-year-old who has been umpiring, mostly at the high school level, for six years. He went to Shreveport, LA to audition for professional leagues this winter, The Portsmouth (VA) Daily Times reported recently, and the American Association signed him.
“Watching the game of baseball is fun but being in the game of baseball is a whole different level,” the Wheelersburg High School graduate told the newspaper. “I hope that this can be a career path that I can spend 30 years in but only God knows where this leads me.”
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