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Chronique: Cardullo et 3 lanceurs se débrouillent dans le AAA

02 mai 2018

Texte écrit par Bob Wirz (via www.canamleague.com)

This seems to be the time for player promotions.

Former Can-Am League pitchers Robert Stock, Phillippe Aumont and Ivan Pineyro all have moved to within one step of the major leagues in recent days and outfielder Stephen Cardullo also has re-surfaced in Triple-A.

Stock, who spent his Can-Am time with the New Jersey Jackals and became an interesting story during spring training with San Diego, is in the El Paso Chihuahuas bullpen after a very strong start to the season with Double-A San Antonio, where he struck out 15 hitters in nine innings covering eight appearances.  He was credited with one win, saved another game and posted a 2.00 earned run average.

The 28-year-old right-hander debuted with El Paso this week, his first time ever in Class AAA and fanned two Reno (Arizona) hitters while posting a scoreless inning.

San Diego is Stock's fourth major league organization although in truth the California native and onetime USC hurler did not start posting impressive numbers until two years ago when he had a 2.85 ERA in 52 relief outings with the Jackals and struck out 73 hitters while allowing only 47 hits in 60 innings.  Padres media predicted he was a likely early call-up to the majors this year after seeing the 6-foot-1 hurler in major league camp where he was a non-roster invitee.

Aumont, a huge Canadian product at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, started the season with Detroit's top farm club in Toledo, dropped down to Double-A Erie for two scoreless outings, then moved back to Toledo where he started this time around with two scoreless stints, his first save of the season and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

He is back to bullpen duty this season after spending all last summer starting for the Ottawa Champions, posting a 5-8 record and 4.51 ERA in 17 starts, including four complete games.  At 29, Aumont spent part of four consecutive seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2012-15), winning one of seven decisions with a 6.80 ERA, but is with his third major league organization since last appearing in a major league game.

Dominican Republic native Ivan Pineyro has time on his side since he is only 26, but he is in his fifth major league organization in addition to pitching briefly for Sussex County two years ago.  The 6-foot-1 righty has done a lot of bouncing between AA and AAA leagues in recent years and again this season, which is his first with the Los Angeles Angels.

Pineyro, primarily a starter throughout his eight-year professional career, was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake 10 days ago, and has made three starts, going 0-1, 4.85 as he tries to reach the majors for the first time.

Hustling Stephen Cardullo, one of the Can-Am League's prized stories when he jumped from the Rockland Boulders to the Colorado outfield in less than a year two summers ago, is getting decent playing time with the Rockies' top minor league team in Albuquerque after not appearing the first three weeks of the season.  The onetime Florida State walk-on has gone 2-for-12 with two runs batted in for his first six appearances with the Isotopes.

Steve Delabar's Story

The story is not a good one for onetime American League All-Star reliever Steve Delabar, who has been released by Texas's Triple-A team in Round Rock.  Now 34, Delabar was a non-roster invitee to the Rangers' major league spring training camp and pitched in five games for Round Rock (4.76 ERA).

Delabar has appeared in 190 major league games in his career, although the raw numbers of 15-9, 12 saves and a 4.07 ERA do not begin to tell the story of how he could dominate the late innings during his prime major league seasons, including 2013 when he struck out 82 in a mere 58.2 innings.  He last appeared in the majors with Cincinnati two years ago.

The 6-foot-4 Kentuckian became a prospect after pitching in the Can-Am League at Brockton, MA in 2008-09 and sitting out the next year to recover from a career-threatening injury.

About Bob Wirz

Previously the chief spokesman for Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth, Bob Wirz has been writing extensively about Independent Baseball since 2003.  He is a frequent contributor to this site, has a blog, www.IndyBaseballChatter.com, and a book about his life, "The Passion of Baseball", is available at traditional book-buying sites, or at  www.WirzandAssociates.com.