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Chronique: Des anciens de la Can-Am qui continuent de faire leurs classes

22 avril 2018

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

Robert Stock and Andres Santiago are a pair of pitchers born less than a month but thousands of miles apart in the fall of 1989 who eventually ended up in the Can-Am League two years ago.  Now, the right-handers are in separate Double-A leagues and putting together the type of early-season numbers that should be impressing their organizations.

Stock is at San Antonio for the San Diego Padres and Santiago is at Mississippi (Pearl) for the Atlanta Braves.

Both pitched for the New Jersey Jackals, Stock for the entire '16 campaign when he got into 52 games, striking out 73 Can-Am hitters in 60 innings.  He was 1-2 with five saves and a 2.85 ERA.  Santiago was 1-0 with two saves and a 2.57 ERA for six outings and he went 2-6 with six saves and a 4.50 ERA for Sussex County, appearing in 22 games (eight starts).

The 6-foot-1 Stock was born in Bellevue, WA, and drew attention when the Padres made him a non-roster invitee to their major league spring training camp this year.  He  has been a strike-throwing machine in his first four appearances for San Antonio, getting all but 28 of his 81 pitches into the zone, including 10 of 13 Monday.  The result has included eight strikeouts (one walk) and only one run and four hits allowed.

Santiago, who was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, started this season with and a few days at Triple-A Gwinnett (two scoreless innings), and now is settling in at Mississippi first with three innings as a starter in which he allowed only one run followed by five scoreless innings in relief Monday when he gave up four hits and a walk while fanning four.  That adds up to a 1.13 earned run average for the young Braves.

Tracking a Hot Fuenmayor and Others

Balbino Fuenmayor is on one of his torrid streaks in the Mexican League, hitting safely in all 13 games he has played, going 18-for-45 (.400) with a .472 on-base percentage and a 1.094 OPS.   The former Quebec star has four doubles, two home runs and has driven in six runs.

Another slugging first baseman, Art Charles, has driven in 13 runs in 16 games while hitting .308 with a .448 on-base percentage in Mexico.  He won the Can-Am Triple Crown while playing for New Jersey.

The Los Angeles Angels have promoted righty Ivan Pineyro (Sussex County) to their Triple-A club in Salt Lake City.  He had started twice at Mobile, with 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings and a 5.23 ERA.  The 26-year-old was 8-5 while pitching at three different levels, including Triple-A, in the Arizona farm system last season as he bids for his first major league opportunity.

Breslow Works Toward 'Consistent Execution'

Craig Breslow (New Jersey) is much older at 37 than most Eastern League players, but the well-traveled hurler knows how much southpaw relievers are valued and he still loves the game so he continues to work for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats as he awaits another major league call.

 "After making sure my family is safe and taken care of, there isn't anything more important to me than preparing for a baseball game," he told The Hartford Courant in his native Connecticut.  "When that changes, it's time for me to walk away.

"I came here to work on consistent execution.  It's early to draw conclusions, but I'm heading in the right direction, continuing to build on what I started to do in spring training (with Toronto)."  Breslow, who has pitched for seven major league teams (three of them twice), has had good results in three of his four situational appearances with no hits and three of five outs via strikeouts although the other outing (four runs in two-thirds of an inning) has given him a ballooned earned run average.

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.