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Stephen Cardullo: Des Boulders à la MLB

30 octobre 2017

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

The Rockland trio of Stephen Cardullo, Joe Maloney and Junior Arrojo caused all sorts of headaches for Can-Am opponents while putting up dominant numbers for the Boulders the past few seasons.  It would not surprise many if those success stories continued now that they are making news with major league organizations.

Cardullo made a splash first when the first baseman-outfielder cracked the Colorado Rockies roster midway in 2016.  The other two are just getting started.

Arrojo, a 5-foot-9 middle infielder, was primarily with Class A Jupiter, FL this season although he had a few at-bats everywhere from a rookie league to Triple-A as he hit .231 with a much more impressive .376 on-base percentage in 33 total games.  His parent organization, the Miami Marlins, recently promoted the Miami native to Double-A Jacksonville in the Sunshine State, a likely spot for 29-year-old next season.

The ink is still wet on 2017 Can-Am Player of the Year Maloney's contract with Baltimore and the 27-year-old already is drawing praise from as high up as executive vice president Dan Duquette, who told The Baltimore Sun in a text message: " (He) is versatile defensively and can hit, especially (against left-handed pitching)".  

Primarily a first baseman and outfielder, Maloney broke the Can-Am record with 35 home runs, drove in 101 runs (second best in league history) and scored 84 runs to earn Player of the Year honors for the second time in three seasons.  The Sun believes he likely will start next season at Double-A Bowie, MD, only two steps from the majors.

Breslow Has His Say

When you have been called "the smartest man in baseball" and have pitched in 576 major league games over the last 13 years it is easy to have your opinion draw attention.

That was what happened when onetime New Jersey Jackals reliever Craig Breslow went on WFAN Radio in New York City and praised new Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who was his pitching coach late this season with the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians.

Breslow, now 37 and a likely pitching coach or managerial candidate in the near future himself, said Callaway is "an impressive pitching coach who became an impressive managerial candidate who I think is going to become an impressive major league manager.

"Really engaging, very approachable.  I saw that he was able to kind of cultivate relationships with individuals, with a number of guys from diverse backgrounds, with diverse skill sets, and he got along really well with each of them.  And I think when you think about what it takes to be a successful manager in this game, managing personalities is probably at the top of the list of things that at least I would be looking for."

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.