Schultz, a spring training invitee of the Arizona Diamondbacks in February who split the season between their top two farm clubs in Reno, NV and Mobile, AL, got the opening night start for Salt River and struck out six in three and a third innings while allowing two runs on three hits and the same number of walks. The onetime Northwestern University product had spent time with Grand Prairie, TX in the American Association.
Satterwhite was signed away from Sioux City, IA this season, and he picked up a save with a scoreless inning for Scottsdale. Satterwhite, also a right-hander, belongs to the New York Mets.
We anticipate having much more to say about the former Independent players in the AFL in next Thursday’s subscription-only Independent Baseball Insider column.
THIS BOO-BOO IS ON ME
When I wrote about Minnesota Twins rookie first baseman Chris Colabello, known for his persistence through seven seasons in the Can-Am League, explaining in this week’s Insider how a chat with a friend helped him through his struggles in shuttling between Triple-A and the majors this season, I said it was onetime major league pitcher Bob Tewksbury who gave the encouragement. In fact, it was Bob Tewksbary, a teammate at one point with the Worcester (MA) Tornadoes in the Can-Am. I knew the spelling of the friend’s last name was different but still believed it was the longtime major leaguer. I should have dug deeper.
SKYLANDS PARK SEEMS TO BE IN PLAY ONCE MORE
The on-again, off-again potential of an Independent team returning to Skylands Park in Augusta, NJ, where the Can-Am League had a team through 2010, seems to be a possibility one more time although not before 2015.
The 4,200-seat stadium and the 28 acres surrounding it were sold for the second time this year. Al Dorso, Sr., an established businessman, heads up the group that paid a reported $850,000. He told The Newark Star-Ledger “I’d love to bring baseball back to the stadium, but it’s harder said than done. It’s not in the picture for 2014, but I’m sure by 2015 we’ll be ready.” Frank Boulton’s proposed Diamond League likely would have an interest, and I would expect the Can-Am League would, as well.
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