Ligue d'automne: Kyle Regnault dominant en Arizona !
Texte écrit par Bob Wirz (via www.canamleague.com)
The Can-Am League's two players in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League finished very strong with Miami's Peter Mooney hitting .278 in 23 games, a solid average for a middle infielder, and lefty Kyle Regnault (New York Mets) maintaining the third best earned run average (0.71) and striking out 17 in 12.2 innings spread over eight appearances.
Mooney hit .263 with a .372 on-base percentage for his full campaign at New Jersey in '15 and now has two full seasons with the Marlins' top two farm clubs while only turning 27 in August. The Marlins gave him six games of experience in the major league spring training camp last season so more time would seem likely next March.
With a premium always placed on left-handers, the parent Mets may give Regnault a better look next spring because of his AFL play which came after a 5-0, 3.28 summer and nearly a strikeout per inning for their top minor league team in Las Vegas. He came right out of the University of Rhode Island six years ago and spent three seasons in the Can-Am League with Worcester for a year followed by two summers with Quebec. Nineteen of his 83 appearances in the league were starts, and the Mets have watched the 28-year-old grow the last three seasons.
Decorated Mitchell Gets New Opportunity
One of the more interesting moves this fall as major league organizations begin shaping their various rosters for next season involves outfielder Jared Mitchell, who spent a short time with the New Jersey Jackals in 2016.
Anything Mitchell does is worth noting because this 29-year-old's resume includes winning two national championships when he was at LSU. He was MVP of the Tigers' College World Series title run one season and a wide receiver on their BCS national football championship team another time. An ambidextrous athlete who throws and bats from the left side in baseball, Mitchell has gotten to Triple-A with three major league organizations, and now will get a new opportunity to trying reaching the majors after signing a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
Listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, the New Iberia, LA native has a career batting average of .241 with 77 homers, 355 RBI and 153 stolen bases for nine seasons. This includes a .190 average and .306 on-base percentage for his 11 games with the Jackals.
Reaching free agency always gives a great many Independent league players a fresh opportunity among any of the 30 major league organizations. As we have reported already, Rockland's Stephen Cardullo and Chris Colabello, who spent seven years in the Can-Am, are free agents and that opportunity also is there for these onetime players in the league: 1B Conrad Gregor (New Jersey), released by Boston, LHP Jarret Martin (Ottawa, Rockland, Sussex County), by San Francisco, RHP Ivan Pineyro (Sussex County), by Arizona.
Winter League Efforts
Among former Can-Am players busy in winter leagues, Andres Santiago is among the busiest and most successful. The onetime Sussex County and New Jersey hurler has a sparkling 1.69 earned run average and a 2-2 record for 16 games, including four starts, for Santurce in Puerto Rico. He has only allowed 23 hits in 37.1 innings.
Quebec's Arik Sikula has a 1.96 ERA and is 1-0 after three starts and 18.1 innings in Colombia and veteran infielder C. J. Retherford is playing every day for Mexicali in Mexico with a .225-6-20 log and a .318 on-base percentage for 38 games. He was at Sussex County part of last season.
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.