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10 décembre 2017

Texte écrit par Bob Wirz (via

Tim Adleman has been one of the Can-Am League's nice success stories in recent years highlighted by the fact the onetime New Jersey Jackals relief pitcher has spent much of the last two seasons with Cincinnati, leading the Reds in both innings pitched (122.1) and strikeouts (108) in 2017.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander was a starter in 33 of his 43 appearances in the National League (he didn't start a single game with the '13 Jackals) where he won nine times (9-15) with a 4.97 earned run average.

Perhaps the fact Adleman turned 30 last month played a role, but he has accepted a $100,000 signing bonus and nearly doubled his Cincinnati salary with a contract that will pay $1,050,000 for him to pitch for Korea's Samsung Lions next season.  The Lions have won the Korean Series championship seven times since 2002.

Adleman represents one more example of a player not getting very far with a major league organization right out of college, going to Independent Baseball for a time, then succeeding pretty quickly the next time he gets a major league-affiliated opportunity.  He pitched at Georgetown for four years, was drafted by Baltimore but only got two seasons before being released.  He worked in a grocery store, was in the American Association in '12, pitched 40 games in relief for New Jersey the next summer with a dazzling record (1.46 ERA, 10 saves and 63 strikeouts in 49.1 innings then needing only two years and a portion of a third in the Reds' farm system before breaking into the major leagues.

Can-Am Still Well Represented

The Can-Am League still has three more pitchers on major league rosters, lefty Andrew Albers (Quebec) with Seattle, Wilmer Font (Ottawa) with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Luis Garcia (Newark) with Philadelphia.

Fuenmayor, Stock Strong This Winter

Quebec's Balbino Fuenmayor is no longer leading the Venezuelan League in hitting, but the hard-hitting first baseman still ranks in the top ten in five categories in his home country's league even though his 39 games played are slightly below some other players.  He is fifth in hitting (.349) and RBI (30), sixth in OPS (.938), tied for sixth in doubles (11) and ninth in hits (52).  His .414 on-base percentage is 11th.

Fuenmayor has five home runs in Venezuela to go with 16 in Mexico during the summer and three during a brief return to Quebec, including two during the Can-Am League playoffs.

Another player doing well in winter play is 2016 New Jersey hurler Robert Stock.  Despite giving up three runs his last time on the hill for Jalisco in Mexico, the right-hander has a 2.16 ERA to go with a 1-1 record and nine saves in 18 appearances.  He has allowed only 10 hits while striking out 17 in 16.2 innings.  Stock, a free agent, was 9-5 with two saves and a 2.82 ERA in 41 games between Classes A and AA in the Cincinnati farm system this summer.  He was a workhorse in New Jersey, pitching 52 times.

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,, and a book about his life, "The Passion of Baseball", is available at traditional book-buying sites, or at