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Minor league baseball: Inching forward

Multiple locals are working their way up the ranks

Posted: June 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Saugus product Tom Milone is putting up big numbers for the Syracuse Chiefs.

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There has been movement in the minors.

Aside from Valencia graduate Danny Worth’s demotion from the Detroit Tigers back to Triple-A, former College of the Canyons player Kyle Eveland has moved up while former Viking Virgil Hill has moved down.

It’s the nature of minor league baseball as players with local ties find mixed results at various levels.

And with several of those hopefuls one step away form a shot at the Majors, their performances could soon land them a spot in the bigs.

Eric Blackwell — Rio Grande Valley White Wings, North American Baseball League (independent), pitcher

Blackwell is 1-2 with a 2.46 ERA over six starts in his first season with the White Wings. The former The Master’s

College standout was traded to Rio Grand Valley on March 2 by the Traverse City Beach Bums.

Kyle Boggio — Las Cruces Vaqueros, Pecos League (independent), pitcher


Boggio, a Hart High graduate, is now 5-2 with a 3.53 ERA for the Vaqueros. He is 3-1 in his last three appearances, and

has 39 strikeouts over 43 1/3 innings pitched.

Dana Eveland — Albuquerque Isotopes (Los Angeles Dodgers), Triple-A, pitcher

The former College of the Canyons pitcher has been up and down over his last five starts. He has a 2-1 record with two

no-decisions and 22 total strikeouts during that span. Overall, Eveland has a 3.86 ERA, 7-4 record and 65 strikeouts.

Kyle Eveland — Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox), Single-A, shortstop
Eveland was promoted from Low-A Kannapolis to Class-A Advanced Winston-Salem Dash on Tuesday. The former COC infielder was hitting .228 with four home runs and 27 RBIs for the Intimidators before receiving the bump. He has yet to play for the Dash.

Virgil Hill — Batavia Muckdogs (St. Louis Cardinals), Low-A, outfielder

The Valencia graduate started the season with the Quad Cities River Bandits but has spent the last nine games in Low-A

with the Batavia Muckdogs. Hill has hit .176 with three RBIs and a home run during his time with the Muckdogs.

Tyreace House — Burlington Bees (Oakland A’s), Class-A, outfielder

The former COC outfielder was 3-for-5 with a run scored on June 11, but has since gone cold. He is 2-for-29 over the last

nine games with two walks. On the year, House is hitting .164 with nine RBIs, 32 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.

Michael Hur — White Sands Pupfish, Pecos League (independent), third base

Hur has been on fire over his last four games. He hit two home runs on June 17 and two more on June 19, finishing with

four and six RBIs, respectively. Sandwiched between the two multi-homer games was another shot on June 18. In all, he is

batting .410 with seven home runs, 34 RBIs and 26 RBIs.

Tom Milone — Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals), Triple-A, pitcher


The Saugus graduate is 3-1 over his last five starts, including a dominating performance in an 11-2 win over Rochester on

Monday, when he threw eight scoreless innings with six strikeouts and three hits allowed. Overall, Milone is 6-5 with a 3.51

ERA, 95 strikeouts and only five walks.

Mike Montgomery — Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals), Triple-A, pitcher

The Hart grad hasn’t won a game since May 4 and is 0-2 in his last four starts. Montgomery was roughed up by Round

Rock on June 19 — his last start — over three innings, giving up nine earned runs. The loss raised his ERA to 5.83 and

lowered his record to 2-4.

Casey Mulligan — Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals), Double-A, pitcher

Mulligan hasn’t pitched since April 22 and is currently on the 7-day disabled list with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He is

facing Tommy John surgery, which would put him out until 2013.

Chris Seddon — Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners), Triple-A, pitcher

The left-handed pitcher is 4-1 over his last five starts, having thrown eight innings against Las Vegas on June 25. He

allowed six hits and two earned runs in the game, striking out four. Seddon has a 4.89 season ERA and is 5-4 overall for

the Rainiers. His 67 total strikeouts lead the team.

Steve Susdorf — Reading Phillies (Philadelphia Phillies), Double-A, outfielder

The Hart grad his hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, raising his average to .310 on the season. Susdorf was 2-for-5

with a double on Tuesday and how has eight doubles through 55 games. The outfielder also has 22 RBIs, five home runs,

33 runs scored and four stolen bases.

Chris Valaika — Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds), Triple-A, infielder

Valaika is on a three-game hitting streak, which has been highlighted by a 2-for-3 day on Monday. The Hart grad is batting

.238 with two home runs, 16 RBIs and 15 runs scored through 56 games with the Bats this season. He remains on the

Cincinnati Reds’ 40-man roster.

Steve Vranau — Las Cruces Vaqueros (independent), third base

The former standout at The Master’s College is hitting .325 with 13 RBIs, two home runs and 17 runs scored through 25

games with the Vaqueros. He is currently on a four-game hitting streak.

Danny Worth — Toledo Mud Hens (Los Angeles Dodgers), Triple-A, infielder


Worth is hitting .304 since returning to Toledo after a month-long stint with Detroit Tigers. The Valencia grad has hit safely

in each of his six games, including a three-run home run against Columbus on Tuesday. In total, Worth has a .275 average,

five home runs, 13 RBIs, five stolen bases and 23 runs scored.

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