Niner Baseball Alumni

The board is kinda dead so with minor league baseball getting cranked up today I thought I’d put all the players I could find that are currently playing minor league baseball in a thread for those that wanted to follow how they are doing.

John Maine - Triple A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies)
Adam Mills - Still listed with the Red Sox although he was released
Spencer Steedley - Double A New Britain Rock Cats (Twins)
Rob Lyerly - Single A Advanced Tampa Yankees (Yankees)
Brad McElroy - Single A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays (Blue Jays)
Patrick Lawson - Single A Short Season Connecticut Tigers (Tigers)
Ryan Rivers - Rookie League Arizona Angels (Angels)

I’ll try to update stats occasionally and update teams as players move up or down. Feel free to let me know of others if you know of any I missed.

LHP Spencer Steedley - The UNC Charlotte product provides the Rock Cats with a veteran southpaw arm out of the bullpen.

Steedley saw action with the Rock Cats in the past two seasons. He began the 2009 season with Ft. Myers - where he went 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA and 46K/18BB ration in 35 relief appearances - before being summoned to New Britain. In 18.2 innnings out of the bullpen, he went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and allowed 16 hits in his Double-A debut.

In 2010, he only made 10 appearances, going 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA, 15 hits allowed and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings. Should Steedley remain healthy in 2011, he will provide the Rock Cats with an experienced and reliable arm out of the bullpen.

Overall, Not a good night for the Niners, with the exception of Rob Lyerly. You guys should follow @MiLBFortyNiners. He does a great job keeping up with everyone.!/MiLBFortyNiners

4/7/11 Spencer Steedley 1.2IP 3H 3R 2ER BB K, BS (10.80 ERA) In @[url=]RockCats[/url] 6-4 Loss to @[url=]gosquirrels[/url] -- Steedley credited with the loss.

4/7/11 John Maine 3IP 4H 4R/ER 4BB 3K 2HR (12.00 ERA) For @SkySox vs Tuscon Padres

4/7/11 Brad McElroy came in as PH in 9th and went 0-1 as @DunedinBlueJays fall 10-1 to @Threshers

4/7/11 Rob Lyerly 2-5 R 2B RBI & Error (1) in @TampaYankees 7-5 Loss to @LkdFlyingTigers

Patrick Lawson will begin '11 in [url=!/search?q=%23Tigers]#Tigers[/url] Extended Spring Training

Ryan Rivers will begin 2011 in #Angels Extended Spring Training

Rob Lyerly went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI and his first homerun of the season.

Lyerly is on FIRE

16 for his last 26, now hitting 342 on the season

Lyerly named to Florida State League All-Star team.

Thanks to @MiLBFortyNiners for the updates.

Rob Lyerly has been promoted to AA Trenton Thunder.

Rob Lyerly has played in 64 games for the Tampa Yankees this season and has hit .315 with 25 extra base hits (four homeruns, five triples, 16 doubles) and 46 runs batted in. The former Charlotte 49er's 71 runs batted in led the Class A Charleston RiverDogs in 2010.

For those of you in the VA area, Trenton will be playing in Richmond July 4-7. That is as close as they will get to CLT. The rest of the Eastern League is in the Northeast. Lyerly will get a chacne to go up against Steedley with New Britain.

Not much other good news coming from the rest of our guys.

John Maine went on the DL for a while. He has come back and has not had much success. Still with AAA Colorado Springs

Spencer Steedley is currently on the DL with AA New Britian

Brad McElroy is starting in the OF for A Dunedin but is batting near the bottom of the order. He started the season coming off the bench.

Patrick Lawson has been assigned back with the Connecticut Tigers (Short season A) out of extended spring training. Their season just started last week and he has not pitched yet.

Ryan Rivers was assigned to the Angels’ Rookie League affiliate Orem Owlz out of extended spring training, but then released a day or so later.

I have not heard of any of our seniors signing free agent contracts anywhere.

Still no word on Mills?

Lyerly will now be in the Eastern League with Steedley should he return from the DL this season.

Lyerly's Impressive Debut Overshadowed in Loss

The lone bright spots for the Thunder were Rob Lyerly’s three-hit, two-RBI night in his Double A debut and Jose Gil’s fifth homerun of the season. Now four games into a season-long nine-game road swing, the Thunder have won just one contest.

More bad news:

Frustrated at his repeated lack of performance, veteran pitcher [url=]John Maine[/url] left Triple-A Colorado Springs after a poor start Monday. He will decide whether to retire or continue trying to come back from shoulder surgery last year.

Lyerly picked a good time to hit his first HR of Double A. Yesterday Phil Hughes was making his rehab start for Trenton. Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson were in attendance.

Derek Jeter will also be rehabbing in Trenton starting on Saturday, so there will be plenty of media attention.

Article and video interview with Rob Lyerly:

With A-Rod being on the DL, and Ramiro Pena now on the DL, the Yankees called up 3B Brandon Liard from Triple A Scranton. Scranton now has a hole at 3B. Could this be the door for Lyerly to get a call up to Triple A before seasons end?

Not likely but Rob was playing mostly at 1B before A-Rod went on the DL and he has been playing more at 3B since. He leads all Yankee affiliates in hits and is 2nd in RBI’s.

Here’s an alum tidbit:

Great article. Thanks for finding that!