Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Former Seals players in independent baseball

Yesterday, we gave you an update on two former Victoria Seals who are still pitching in affiliated baseball (Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Dane De La Rosa). Today we check up on some ex-Seals who are playing in independent baseball leagues this season.

Since he sported a nasty 7.44 ERA in 2008, Anthony Pluta has improved on his indy numbers each year. This year, Pluta is pitching out of the pen for the Newark Bears of the Can Am League and he currently has a nifty 1.00 ERA.

After being released by the Leones de Yucatan of the Mexican League, Jeff Duda signed with the Can Am League's Quebec Capitales. Although he was originally rumoured to be the Quebec closer this season, Duda has pitched in middle relief and has made a couple of spot starts recently.

After a solid 2011 season with the now defunct Calgary Vipers, Chris Bodishbaugh signed with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association. Bodi was named the team's closer and so far he's posted two saves in eight appearances for the Central Division cellar dwellers.

Former Seals ace Isaac Hess was traded by the Winnipeg Goldeyes to the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League in April. Unfortunately, Hess has fallen on hard times with the Bluefish and has given up at least four earned runs in his last six starts.

Here is a statistical summary of these four former Seals:

Player
Team
League
Record
ERA
SV
G
IP
K
BB
WHIP
Anthony Pluta
Newark Bears
Can Am
2-1
1.00
0
9
9
12
5
1.00
Jeff Duda
Qu├ębec Capitales
Can Am
2-0
4.40
0
4
14 2/3
10
7
1.30
Chris Bodishbaugh
Sioux City Explorers
American Association
0-1
4.50
2
8
10
8
3
1.60
Isaac Hess
Bridgeport Bluefish
Atlantic
2-3
6.35
0
7
39 2/3
33
15
1.66

Ex-Seal Brett Flowers had a successful 2011 campaign with Bodishbaugh's current team, the Sioux City Explorers, hitting .329 with 4 homers and 38 RBI. He is now playing baseball in Japan for the Ehime Mandarin Pirates of the Shikoku Island League. Click below for an interesting "highlight" video of one of the Mandarin Pirate's recent games. Brett appears at both the 1:57 and 2:22 mark of the video. Flowers is wearing jersey number 88 with the name "BRETT" on the back.



Apparently, Wilver Perez is also playing in Japan this season, but I was unable to confirm this. If you are aware of any other former Seals playing professional baseball this season, please don't hesitate to leave a comment to this blog post.

3 comments:

  1. Wilver Perez is playing in Japan and last I heard he was 2nd in the league in hitting. 326 avg I believe. Kavanaugh is with a team in some new Arizona independent league. T Mac was playing but retired two days ago. Jamar hill took the year off to finish up school. That's about all I got right now.
    Arrrrrhart

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  2. Jino Gonzalez is playing in Lincoln, I believe.

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  3. Gonzalez just got released for Lincoln. Couple bad starts, that's what happens in the American Association when they have the 4 vet rule, a bad week and he gone.

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