PBL Transactions, 6/1/15 – 6/7/15

The following transactions occurred in the Patriot League over the last week:

California Sharks

 

California Sharks: Signed free agents 1B Jamal Gerke, SS Grant Knepper, CF Conrad Mojica, SP Kerry Lopez, and RPs Osvaldo Barret and Jason Richter.

 

Jackson Hammerheads

Jackson Hammerheads: Signed free agents C Carlos Asperzol, 3B Elmo Milliner, LF Monty Walcott, DH Dexter Jester, SP Nico Library, and RF Cortez Petrik.  Waived 1B Coy Tighe. Activated 1B Pete Ciancarulo from the 15-day disabled list.  Placed DH Alex Jaramillo on the 15-day disabled list.  Called up LF Monty Walcott.

 

Jacksonville Dragons

Jacksonville Dragons: Signed free agents 1B Neal B. Thomas, CF Rondei Isua, DH Isaias Miguel, SP Juan Pascos, and RPs Lauren Gilpatrick and Jamel Janke.

 

 

Knoxville Smokies

Knoxville Smokies: Signed free agents 2B Danny Kurland, CF Arnold Carranza, DH Jerome Arch, and RPs Rodolfo Darville, Oscar Madison, and Norman Sater. Claimed 1B Coy Tighe off waivers. Called up CF Arnold Carranza. Demoted SS Lorenzo Arias and RP Edgar Provenza.

 

Milwaukee Bear Claws

Milwaukee Bear Claws: Signed free agents 2B Quirico Rodriguez, RF Bruce Rew, DH Hans Coghill, and RPs Rodolfo Elmonte, Mike Manigault, and Antonio Schieber.

 

 

Orlando Calrissians

Orlando Calrissians: Signed free agents 2B Jeffrey Matter, LF Sang LeLeux, DH Casey Helmers, SP Ali Godari, and RPs Shab Mickolas and Courtney Vanepps.  Activated CF Glen Madden from the 15-day disabled list.

 

Salt Lake Samurai

Salt Lake Samurai: Signed free agents 1B Lawrence Briski, 2B Gabriel Montalvo, SS Dario Rickard, DH Lazaro Matherne, and RPs Jose Mariata and Bryce Sereno.  Traded RPs Rick Wilkins, Oliver Jones, and Jose Mariata to Knoxville for SP Grant Fore, DH Matthew Weigel, and RP Norman Sater.  (See story here.)  Placed C DeAndre Turnbull on the 15-day disabled list.  Called up RPs Jimmy Okamura and Norman Sater.

 

Silver City Outlaws

Silver City Outlaws: Signed free agents 3B Narciso Rodriguez, CF Sebastian Melora, DH Charley Ingraham, and RPs Irving Godlewski, Duke Newlin, and Ron Wall.

 

 

 

PBL Transactions, 12/13/15 – 12/19/15

The following transactions occurred in the Patriot League over the last week:

California Sharks


California Sharks:
Claimed free agent C Clyde Hawkins and LF Rucky Virella.  Waived DH Dexter Jester and RP Ron Wall.  (See story here.)

 

Milwaukee Bear Claws

 

Milwaukee Bear Claws: Named Zane Stafford as pitching coach.  (See story here.)

 

Wall “Back On the Breadline” After Release

Ron Wall
Ron Wall

RP Ron Wall expressed disappointment after being released by the California Sharks on the eve of the regular season, making room for the team to claim LF Rucky Virella off of waivers.  The 31-year-old lefty had been claimed by the Sharks last month, but had scuffled somewhat in spring training, posting a 4.76 ERA in 13 appearances.  Despite this performance, Wall had been expected to stick with California as a reserve until the last-minute roster move.

“Not gonna lie, it hurts going back on the breadline when I thought I had it made,” Wall said.  “I feel pretty much like I’ve been left at the altar.  This team is very strong, and I thought I had something to contribute.  But baseball’s bound to break your heart sooner or later, so I guess it was my turn.”

Although Wall failed to excel with his pitching, he won high praise from many people in the Sharks organization for his willingness to mentor younger pitchers, most notably fellow southpaw relievers Luke Bond and “Rocket” Ron Scott.  In fact, Wall did such a good job that the team offered him a coaching position, but he declined.  “I’m still a player,” Wall said.  “At least I’m trying to be.  I’m not ready to give up that dream.”

According to front office sources, the Sharks felt that they needed additional outfield depth, which drove the decision to add Virella.  Sharks manager Eduardo Aponte expressed regret at the move.  “I love Ron,” Aponte told reporters.  “It’s a great shame that we had to let him go.  It was a roster move only.  We had to let somebody go, and sadly that was Ron.  I would take him back any time if we have the room.”

Wall took the news in stride.  “I didn’t go full McNally,” he quipped, referring to the ex-Jacksonville hurler who went on a locker-destroying tirade after being cut last month.  He did have one regret, however: he will miss the chance to experience the famously beautiful California weather,  “I’m from Chicago,” Wall said.  “I’ve seen enough snow to last a lifetime.”

PBL Transactions, 11/22/15 – 11/28/15

The following transactions occurred in the Patriot League over the last week:

California Sharks


California Sharks:
Claimed free agent SS Melian Gonzalez, RP “Rocket” Ron Scott, and RP Ron Wall.  Waived 3B Elmo Milliner, RP Shab Mickolas, and RP Jason Richter.

 

Jackson Hammerheads

 

Jackson Hammerheads: Claimed free agent 2B Erasmo Crofoot. Waived RP Antonio Schieber.

 

Jacksonville Dragons


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acksonville Dragons: Claimed free agent Cs Carlos Asperzol and Raleigh Gajewski and RP John Longroofan. Waived 1B Lawrence Briski, SP Charles McNally, and RP Lauren Gilpatrick. (See story here.)

 

Knoxville Smokies


Knoxville Smokies:
Traded MR Butch Turnbull to Jackson for 3B Ronnie Aceuedo. (See story here.)

 

 

Silver City Outlaws


Silver City Outlaws:
Claimed free agent RF Kent “Tex” Whittier.  Waived RP Norman Sater.