Saturday, May 15, 2010

BC baseball: Where are they now?

We're clearly a little thin on live Boston College sports, though the Eagles baseball team plays Dartmouth at home tomorrow. I decided I would take a closer look at guys who have left the program and gone on to play professional ball. If you have been a fan of BC baseball for a while, you may recognize most or all of these names. If you've looked at BC's "Eagles in the Pros" page, well, it's not quite as they have it, because that list is from last season. I can assure you that things have changed. This may be a little long but I feel it's worth it.

Marco Albano (2002-5) is pitching for the Salt Lake Bees in the Pacific Coast League, triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim of California of North America). It does not look good for him, however, as he's 0-5 with a 6.89 ERA in six starts.

Nick Asselin (2004-7) signed with the New York Yankees coming out of Boston College, but he is no longer in their system. He is playing for the New Jersey Jackals in the Can-Am League.

Mike Belfiore (2007-9), one of the Eagles' best players in their 2009 NCAA Tournament season, plays for the South Bend Silver Hawks, a class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has a 3.38 ERA in seven starts.

Kevin Boggan (2004-7) was most recently in high-A ball, playing for the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs. Apparently this is not the case now and his baseball whereabouts are unknown.

Barry Butera (2007-9), another fine 2009 Eagle, plays for the high-A Lancaster Jethawks, an Astros affiliate in southern California. He is hitting a solid .289 in the 2010 campaign so far, but has only played in a fraction of the team's games.

Eric Campbell (2006-8) is in the New York Mets organization, playing for the high-A St. Lucie Mets in Florida. He's owning this level of play so far, hitting .347 in 31 games with 4 homers and 15 RBI. His OPS is a very nice .969 and I think we can hope to see a promotion to AA in his future.

Jason Delaney (2002-5) is in double-A, playing for the Florida Marlins affiliate Jacksonville Suns. He has had a few stints in triple-A but has fallen backwards, and his .239 average in limited play this season would not bode well for his advancement.

Terry Doyle (2005-8) plays for the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League, a Chicago White Sox class-A team. He is 4-2 with a microscopic 0.96 ERA, striking out 58 in 47 innings. Doyle leads his team in strikeouts and his numbers are quite impressive, so I would hope to hear he has been promoted this year.

Dan Houston (2006-8), the starting pitcher for the first BC baseball game I ever called with WZBC, is in high-A ball with the Modesto Nuts, a Colorado Rockies affiliate. Unfortunately, he has a 6.44 ERA so far this season.

Chris Lambert (2002-4) has gotten his so-called "cup of coffee" in the Major Leagues. In 2009, he pitched briefly for both the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles, but accumulated a 7.36 career ERA. Following that, like Boggan, his baseball whereabouts are currently unknown. He is no longer in the majors but not in Baltimore's system, either.

Drew Locke (2002-5) has made it all the way up to triple-A, now playing for the Houston Astros' Round Rock Express. Locke is only hitting .196, however, so short of a total turnaround he may have peaked out.

JB MacDonald (2006-9) played for the Tri-City Valley Cats in Troy, New York last season, which is a class-A Houston Astros affiliate. That season does not begin for another month, so for the moment, his status is still unknown.

Joe Martinez (2002-5), like his teammate Chris Lambert, has also had his chance to play in Major League Baseball. He was with San Francisco last season where he pitched to a 7.50 ERA. This season, he is back at AAA Fresno where has a 3.92 ERA. He looks like he could be a "quadruple-A" player in his career, or the kind that ends up in Japan.

Matt Meyer (2004-6) is now in the St. Louis Cardinals system (as my own grandfather was many years ago), playing for the double-A Springfield Cardinals. He has pitched to a 2.08 ERA this season in relief. He had made it as high as triple-A in 2009 but was demoted.

Ryne Reynoso (2004-6) has also made it to triple-A for the Gwinnett Braves, obviously an Atlanta Braves farm team. He has a 5.09 ERA in seven starts with a WHIP that does not inspire.

Tony Sanchez (2007-9), whom we all remember as one of the leaders of this Boston College team, is in high-A Bradenton playing for the Marauders, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate. Sanchez is hitting .309 this season with a .914 OPS. He's another guy who could get promoted this year.

Finally, Michael Wlodarczyk (2002-5) made it as high as triple-A in 2009, playing for the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate Durham Bulls. As of December, he was selected by the Washington Nationals in the Rule 5 draft. At last update, he was to start the year in class-A.

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