Mahoning Valley Scrappers
By Dave Roberts
Mahoning Valley opened their 2012 season on Monday with a quick two game road trip against the Jamestown Jammers followed by a short two game home stand against those same Jammers. The highlight of the opening two series for Scrappers’ fans was the professional debut of Tyler Naquin on Wednesday’s opening night at Eastwood Field.
Mahoning Valley and Jamestown each split the home and away series placing both teams with a record of 2-2 good for a four-way tie for second place in the Pinckney Division.
By Sean Tuttle
Carolina Mudcats outfielder, Anthony Gallas, was named Minor League Player of the Week by the Indians. Gallas was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an undrafted free agent on June 19, 2010. He attended Kent State University, where he hit 49 home runs over four seasons.
In his first season as a member of the Indians’ organization, Gallas saw 50 games in the Arizona Rookie League and four with Single-A short season Mahoning Valley.
While in Arizona, Gallas batted.276 with 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 23 RBI’s. He drew 11 walks, was caught stealing once on three attempts, and struck out 40 times. In the four games he spent with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Gallas had four hits in 17 appearances for a .235 average. He hit one double, one home run, knocked in three runners, and struck out six times.
By Dave Roberts
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will commence their 2012 season opener on tonight in Jamestown, New York, in the first of 76 games this season in search of becoming the New York Penn League Champs. It’s an honor the Scrappers achieved once in 2004. Before the season formally kicked off players and media met together at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio, on Saturday to introduce this year’s squad to the public.
Last year’s squad played to a 41-34 finish, good for third place in the Pinckney Division. The labeling of last year’s team with a third place finish can be quite deceiving as they finished just four games out of first with their second best finish in the last seven seasons. With four players returning from last season, intermixed with guys from Lake County and the Arizona League, and of course, a selection of 2012 draft picks the team looks to pick up where it left off last year.
Manager Ted Kubiak, who coached these same Scrappers for the 1999, 2000, and 2003 seasons, has seen some very good squads in his time but spoke of this year’s bunch as “Some of the best I’ve seen in my 20 years with this organization.”
Kubiak’s familiarity with the New York Penn League will no doubt lend a hand with the team’s progress, especially since he took the organization in its first two years of existence to the top of the Pinckney Division. He felt the team really impressed in Arizona but like any other would not go without some challenges. “You never know once the season starts,” Kubiak said. “Once the bell rings and they see people in the stands instead of cactus, things change.”
By Sean Tuttle
New this year to DTTWLN will be my coverage of the minor league systems within the Indians organization, any big name prospects coming to visit, and of any news on the rehabilitation journeys that may occur throughout the season.
Every Thursday, followers can expect updates on injured players, comments from their managers, and interviews with young talents that are hopeful to play for the Tribe in the near future.