The Minor League season has nearly come to an end, but that doesn't mean it's time to rest for several former Anglers. Beginning in October, six players who spent a summer -- or two -- in Chatham will be headed to the prestigious Arizona Fall League, earning a chance to compete against the best Minor League prospects in the nation.
Among the players selected to represent their particular Major League affiliates are Grant Green
and Sammy Solis
from the 2008 squad, Bryan Shaw
from 2007, Matt Rizzotti
from 2006, Brooks Brown
from 2005, and James Avery
from the 2003 and 2004 squad.
Green is heading to the Phoenix Desert Dogs, who have won the League Championship five times in just this decade. He hit for an impressive .348 batting average for the 2008 Chatham A's, blasting six home runs with 25 RBI. This season with the Advanced-A Stockton Ports, Green hit .318 over 131 games with the Oakland A's California League affiliate, third highest in the A's organization. He added 20 home runs and 87 RBI, both fifth-best in the organization.
Sammy Solis will join the Scottsdale Scorpions, last year's AFL champions. He could be considered the 2008 Chatham squad's most dominant starting pitcher, posting a 2.41 ERA over seven appearances (six starts). This season with the Nationals' Low-A Hagerstown affiliate, Solis made just two starts, allowing only two hits and striking out three batters over four scoreless innings of work.
Shaw joins Solis in Scottsdale. He made 17 appearances out of the bullpen for the 2007 A's, posting a 2-0 record with a 3.15 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 20 innings of work. This season with the Diamondbacks' Double-A affiliate Mobile Baybears, Shaw posted a 4-9 record with a 4.26 ERA over 33 appearances, 13 of which were starts.
Rizzotti, headed to the Mesa Solar Sox, batted just .214 in his 2006 summer on the Cape. Despite the low batting average, he did hit four home runs with 27 RBI, just two shy of the league lead. Rizzotti blew through the Phillies' system this season, beginning the season with the Advanced-A Clearwater Threshers, and ending the season with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Between the three levels he batted .343 with 17 home runs and 76 RBI to go along with an astounding .985 OPS.
Brown, on his way to the Surprise Rafters, posted an infinitesimal 1.01 ERA over 20 appearances out of the bullpen in 2005, striking out 32 batters in 26.2 innings of relief. The right hander spent all of 2010 with the Tigers' Double-A Erie SeaWolves, compiling a 12-9 record with a 4.15 ERA over 28 appearances (18 starts).
Finally, Avery, headed to the Peoria Saguaros, spent two seasons with the Anglers and compiled a 7-6 record with a 3.99 ERA over 19 appearances (16 starts). This past season Avery spent time between three levels in the Reds' system, compiling an 8-6 record with a 4.20 ERA over 20 starts.
Be sure to keep track of these six young men as they compete against the best players that Minor League Baseball has to offer, and stick with www.ChathamAnglers.com during the offseason to stay abreast of all things Anglers!