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From the Southland to the Show: September Update

first_imgRyan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera pitched 11 innings out of the bullpen and picked up two holds before returning to the IL on May 21 with elbow impingement. He had elbow surgery on May 29 and began long tossing on July 29. Tepera was activated from the 60-day injured list on Sept. 2 and struck out the side in his first game back that night. He is 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 16.2 innings this season.Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Texas RangersThe two-time All-Southland pick is batting .273 with 10 RBI and 15 runs scored through 32 games in his second stint with the Rangers after the major-league club recalled the catcher on Aug. 1. Trevino hit his first major-league home run in an 8-7 win over the Angels on Aug. 19 and added a second in a 7-0 road win over the Yankees on Sept. 2. Over his last 15 games, he has a slash line of .348/.360/.543 with seven RBI, 10 runs and a home run. Former Southland stars appeared on seven league champions’ rosters: Trenton Thunder, Eastern League (Double-A); Jackson Generals, Southern League (Double-A); Visalia Rawhide, California League (Advanced-A); Lexington Legends, South Atlantic League (Single-A); Brooklyn Cyclones, New York-Penn League (Short-A); Hillsboro Hops, Northwest League (Short-A); Idaho Falls Chukars, Pioneer League (Rookie Advanced). Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore StormIn his second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad Podorsky was batting .289 with 21 runs, 15 walks and 12 RBI in 40 games prior to hitting the 7-day injured list on June 4. He hit his lone home run of the year and drove in a season-high two runs on May 2. Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis CardinalsThe two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year (2008-09) leads the club in hits (143), home runs (31), RBI (89) and walks (72) and ranks second on the team in runs (88). He recorded just his second multi-homer performance of the year against Milwaukee on Sept. 13, blasting a grand slam and a three-run shot to fuel the Cardinals’ 10-0 win. In the month of July, Goldschmidt led the National League in home runs (11), RBI (27) and slugging percentage (.725).Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Colorado RockiesIn his first year in the Rockies’ organization, the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year has had four stints at the MLB level this season and is 1-6 with 32 strikeouts across 52 innings in 12 appearances. He’s recorded a trio of quality starts in his most recent big-league stay, including his first major-league win since 2015 after holding St. Louis to one run on four hits in six frames with four punchouts. Gonzalez has a 2.20 ERA through three starts in the month of Sept..Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – Miami MarlinsMaking his second appearance in the big leagues, Keller was recalled by the Marlins on Aug. 25. He has eight strikeouts through 6.2 innings in seven appearances for Miami this season, including striking out the side in a perfect inning of relief against Cincinnati on Aug. 28. Major-league batters are hitting just .200 off Keller. He was 2-3 with 73 strikeouts in 54 innings across 37 appearances with Triple-A New Orleans and his 10 saves were second on the team. Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston AstrosThe 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader has provided much-needed depth to the Astros rotation with a 14-5 record and 3.71 ERA through 31 starts. Miley ranks third on the squad in wins, innings pitched (162.1) and strikeouts (138). The Hammond, La., native is 7-1 with five quality starts since the beginning of July, including a season-long eight-inning outing on July 23 against Oakland. Miley punched out a season-high nine batters in a May 29 start against the Cubs.Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Kansas City RoyalsIn his second year with the Royals, O’Hearn is batting .186 with 38 walks, 31 RBI, 30 runs and 13 home runs in 96 games. He hit a pair of solo home runs in a three-game series with the White Sox Sept. 10-12, bringing his Sept. long-ball tally up to three. O’Hearn has been a mainstay with 83 starts at first base, and he has made just three errors in 697 chances with 24 assists and 76 double-plays. Among Royals with at least 300 chances, he is tied for third with a .996 fielding percentage. Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosIn his fourth year with the Twins franchise, the 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader went 2-4 with a 5.04 ERA and 35 strikeouts through 50 innings. Cutura struck out a season-high seven batters in five innings in a June 11 start.Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Jackson GeneralsArizona’s No. 21 prospect went 11-5 with a 2.71 ERA and 101 strikeouts through 126.1 innings. Green made 14 of his 22 starts for Advanced-A Visalia, where he led the California League in wins at 9-1 and ranked second in ERA (1.73) before his July 12 promotion. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hartford Yard GoatsThe 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP went 5-2 with a save and 54 strikeouts through 40.1 innings in his third-straight season at the Double-A level. Scioneaux was released by Pittsburgh on June 21 but signed a day later by Colorado.Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Trenton ThunderIn his third year with the Yankees farm system, Semple went 3-7 with a 4.54 ERA and 121 strikeouts through 127 innings. He appeared in 26 games, including 20 starts, with Class-A Charleston, Advanced-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Jackson GeneralsStapler went 7-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 126 strikeouts through 124 innings in his third year with the Diamondbacks’ organization. After getting his Double-A call-up on July 1, he went 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA and punched out 39 batters in 49 frames.Class A AdvancedKyle Arjona (New Orleans) – Clearwater ThreshersA member of the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona went 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 31 strikeouts through 44.1 innings in 24 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Advanced-A Clearwater.  Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas RangersThe longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, Pence ranks second on the team in slugging percentage (.552) and third in batting average (.297) and OPS (.910). In his last seven games before hitting the injured list with a lower back strain on Aug. 27, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year was batting .375 with a .464 on-base percentage and four RBI. He tallied three RBI against the Angels on Aug. 21, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Toronto Blue JaysThe 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was recalled by the Blue Jays on Aug. 22 for his second big-league stint. Romano is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 10.1 innings across 12 appearances. He tossed back-to-back innings of scoreless relief against Houston on Aug. 31 and at Atlanta on Sept. 3. Romano struck out five batters over 1.2 innings out of the bullpen against the Red Sox on June 21. He was 2-2 with 53 strikeouts across 38.2 innings in 25 games for Triple-A Buffalo. Class AGrant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory CrawdadsIn his first year with Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson went 7-4 with a 3.22 ERA and eight saves. He punched out 50 batters across 64.1 innings in 37 games, including a career-high five strikeouts against Greenville on May 16.Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Delmarva ShorebirdsIn his second year with the Orioles farm system, the two-time All-Southland selection hit .222 with 22 RBI and 17 runs in 65 games with Single-A Delmarva and Short-A Aberdeen. Fregia set and tied a career high in RBI (3) with three-run home runs on Aug. 14 and 26. Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ersThe Angels’ No. 14 prospect, Hernandez went 1-4 with a 4.46 ERA and 81 strikeouts through 72.2 innings in 20 games for the Angels’ Advanced-A affiliate. He struck out a career-high seven batters twice in four-inning starts on April 29 and Aug. 23. Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona TortugasIn his third year with the Reds franchise, the two-time First-Team All-Southland pick went 5-4 with a 3.69 ERA and 127 strikeouts through 117 innings for Triple-A Daytona. Sceroler had a 1.29 ERA and 14 strikeouts in as many innings in his final two starts. FRISCO, Texas – A total of 75 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball in 2019. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through September 17, 2019. Click on each player’s name to access updated stats. Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Omaha Storm ChasersIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year hit .233 with 21 RBI and 18 runs scored in 43 games at Triple-A. The Rangers traded Moore to Kansas City on Aug. 7. Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk TidesThe two-time First Team All-Southland pick posted a slash line of .313/.398/.512 with 46 RBI, 58 runs and 13 stolen bases in 90 games for Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate. In two big-league stints, Peterson hit .220 with 11 RBI, 14 runs and four stolen bases in 29 games.Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsTice went 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA, four saves and 64 strikeouts through 57.2 innings in his third year with the Blue Jays farm system. He appeared in 46 contests with Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo.  center_img Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte KnightsServing his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner went 4-4 with a 5.78 ERA and 102 strikeouts through 93.2 innings. He had a 1.25 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over his last 21.2 innings.Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Toledo Mud HensIn his third year with the Tigers organization, Vest went 3-5 with a 3.27 ERA, eight saves and 58 strikeouts through 55 innings. He appeared in 37 games for Double-A Erie, Advanced-A Lakeland and Triple-A Toledo.  Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin PhilsIn his third season with the Phillies franchise, Russ appeared in an Eastern League-high 55 games and ranked third in the league with 22 saves. He went 5-6 with a 2.54 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.  Caleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami MarlinsIn his second season with the Marlins, Smith is 9-10 with a 4.24 ERA through 26 starts and leads the team in wins and strikeouts (164). In the month of July, he went 4-0 and struck out 37 batters over 31 innings, including back-to-back outings with nine strikeouts to close out the month. Smith had a WHIP of 0.97 in that span, and opposing batters hit just .174 off the lefty. He had his second scoreless outing on Sept. 7, scattering just four hits over six innings with eight strikeouts.  Double-ADrew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Tulsa DrillersThe two-time All-Southland selection posted a slash line of .280/.344/.427 with 64 runs, 40 RBI and 24 steals in 112 games with Class-A Great Lakes, Advanced-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber RattlersIn his first year of Class A ball with the Brewers, the 2018 Southland Player of the Year and 2019 Midwest League All-Star led the league in doubles (41) and total bases (224). Fry led the team in runs (66), hits (130), home runs (17), RBI (70) and slugging (.444).Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington LegendsThe 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year went 4-4 with two saves through 28 games. He tossed 17.1-straight innings without an earned run to close the year, including two hitless innings in the South Atlantic League championship-clinching win. Reeves Martin (New Orleans) – West Virginia PowerThe 2019 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year went 3-0 with a 3.58 ERA and 28 strikeouts through 27.2 innings in 20 games for Short-A Everett and Single-A West Virginia. Martin struck out a season-high four batters in two innings on July 10.Adam Oller (Northwestern State) – Aug.a Green JacketsIn his first year with the Giants’ organization, the 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year went 5-6 with a 4.02 ERA and 93 strikeouts through 87.1 innings in 17 starts for San Francisco’s Single-A affiliate.Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) – West Virginia PowerThe 2019 Third-Team All-Southland honoree hit .176 with 11 runs and a pair of RBI in 27 games in rookie ball and with Single-A West Virginia. Ricca recorded a season-high three hits on Aug. 17.Class A Short SeasonKwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – Salem-Keizer VolcanoesIn his second season with the Giants franchise, the 2018 Third-Team All-Southland pick posted a slash line of .269/.346/.413 and scored 30 runs in 45 games for San Francisco’s Short-A squad. Adkins drove in 19 runs and racked up 10 stolen bases.Jared Biddy (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn CyclonesThe Southland Conference’s saves leader in league play in 2019 (10) went 4-0 with a 0.86 ERA in 18 appearances in his first year with the Mets farm system. Biddy posted a 0.86 WHIP in 31.1 innings with 35 strikeouts, opposite just three walks.Jason Blanchard (Lamar) – Tri-City Dust DevilsA Third-Team All-Southland pick in 2019, Blanchard went 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 41 strikeouts through 32 innings in 13 games for the Padres’ Short-A squad. He struck out seven through four no-hit innings in his final regular season start.Austin Briggs (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersIn his second year with the A’s organization, Briggs went 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA and 22 strikeouts through 28.2 innings in 19 games for Short-A Vermont. He tied a career high with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings against Aberdeen on Aug. 3.Jordan Cannon (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronBirdsThe 2019 Second Team All-Southland pick hit .212 with 10 runs and nine RBI in 24 games in rookie ball and with Short-A Aberdeen. Cannon had season-highs in hits (three), total bases (seven) and RBI (three) against the GCL Pirates on Aug. 9.Harrison Dinicola (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Batavia MuckdogsIn his second year with the Marlins franchise, the 2018 Second Team All-Southland selection hit .265 and reached base at a .341 clip in 48 games for Advanced-A Jupiter and Short-A Batavia. Dinicola tallied all 12 of his RBI in 34 games with the Muckdogs.Corey Gaconi (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn CyclonesThe 2019 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year went 4-1 with a 4.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts through 37.2 innings in his first year with the Mets farm system. Gaconi appeared in 14 games for the Short-A Cyclones and two games for the Kingsport Mets.Hunter Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Williamsport CrosscuttersThe two-time All-Southland Conference honoree hit .180 with 19 RBI and 12 runs in 52 games for Short-A Williamsport. Hearn had season-highs in hits (two), total bases (six) and RBI (five) against West Virginia on Aug. 19.Nathan Jones (Northwestern State) – Brooklyn CyclonesA Second-Team All-Southland pick in 2019, the fifth-round pick went 0-2 with a 6.59 ERA and 14 strikeouts through 13.2 innings for the New York-Penn League champions. Jones started seven games for the Cyclones and opponents hit just .204 off of him.Bryan King (McNeese) – Eugene EmeraldsThe 2019 Southland Conference F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship recipient went 2-2 with a 1.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts through 24 innings. King appeared in 14 games in rookie ball and with Short-A Eugene. Bernie Martinez (UIW) – Everett AquaSoxA Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2019, Martinez went 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA, a save and 49 strikeouts through 43.1 innings. He appeared in 18 games, reaching as high as Double-A Arkansas for two outings.Nick Mikolajchak (Sam Houston State) – Mahoning Valley ScrappersAn 11th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Mikolajchak went 1-1 with a 0.36 ERA and five saves. He struck out 36 batters in 25 innings through 17 appearances in rookie league and with Short-A Mahoning Valley. Shane Selman (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersThe 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year hit .194 with 15 RBI and 20 runs in 46 games in rookie ball and with Short-A Vermont. Selman drove in a season-high three runs against AZL Athletics Green on June 21.Bryce Tassin (Southeastern Louisiana) – Connecticut TigersA 31st-round pick by the Tigers in 2019, Tassin went 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA. He struck out 25 batters in 18.1 innings in 11 games in rookie ball and with Short-A Connecticut.Luis Trevino (Abilene Christian) – Hudson Valley RenegadesThe 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year posted a slash line of .272/.344/.360 in his first season of professional baseball, driving in 19 runs and scoring 10 for Tampa Bay’s Short-A affiliate. Daniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hillsboro HopsA 2018 31st-round pick, Wasinger hit .186 with 19 RBI and 10 runs in 41 games for the Diamondbacks’ Single-A and Short-A clubs. He compiled 18 RBI in 34 games with Short-A Hillsboro, the Northwest League champions.Rookie AdvancedCody Davenport (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls ChukarsA Second-Team All-Southland selection and All-Tournament Team member in 2019, Davenport went 3-3 with a 6.11 ERA and 34 strikeouts through 28 innings. He appeared in 12 games for the Pioneer League champions. William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Burlington RoyalsIn his second year with the Royals organization, the 2018 All-Southland Conference First Team pick hit .262 with 16 runs and 15 RBI in 47 games with Kansas City’s Rookie Advanced affiliate.Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls) – Grand Junction RockiesIn his second season with the Rockies’ Rookie Advanced affiliate, the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team member went 3-4 with a 5.80 ERA and 40 strikeouts through 40.1 innings in 14 appearances. Dustin Lacaze (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Missoula OspreyA 21st-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2019, Lacaze went 3-0 with a 3.83 ERA and 47 strikeouts through 56.1 innings in his first year of professional baseball. He appeared in 14 games, including seven starts, for the Diamondbacks’ Rookie Advanced team.Carson Maxwell (McNeese) – Missoula OspreyA Third-Team All-Southland Conference pick in 2019, Maxwell hit .162 with 13 runs and seven RBI in 38 games with the Diamondbacks’ Rookie Advanced team. Maxwell had season-highs in total bases (six) and RBI (three) against Billings on July 7.Robie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Rocky Mountain VibesIn his third season with the Brewers franchise, Rojas posted a slash line of .296/.387/.444 in 12 games over three stints for Milwaukee’s Double-A affiliate. He finished the year with the Vibes after being assigned on Aug. 15.Hayden Wesneski (Sam Houston State) – Pulaski YankeesThe 2019 Southland strikeouts leader punched out 30 batters across 28.1 innings. Wesneski went 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA and three saves through 18 games with the Yankees’ Short-A affiliate.RookieAidan Anderson (McNeese) – GCL Phillies WestThe 2019 Southland Conference Tournament MVP went 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a pair of saves. Anderson struck out 19 batters across 25.2 innings. Seth Ballew (Sam Houston State) – AZL AngelsAn undrafted free agent in 2019, Ballew went 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA. He struck out 34 batters in 29.1 innings across 12 games for the Angels’ Rookie Advanced and Rookie League affiliates.Cody Grosse (Southeastern Louisiana) – AZL Mariners A Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2018, Grosse hit .293 with 17 RBI, 22 runs and a team-high five triples. He recorded a season-high three RBI on a triple against the AZL Reds on Aug. 22.Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) – AZL Athletics GoldA 24th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Kubo went 0-2 with 28 strikeouts through 18.1 innings in 11 Rookie League games. He punched out a season-high five batters in three hitless innings on Aug. 2.Alex Palmer (Stephen F. Austin) – GCL AstrosThe 2019 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year went 2-0 with a save and a 2.45 ERA. Palmer struck out 27 batters in 22 innings across nine games for the Astros’ Rookie League affiliate.Austin Reich (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants BlackAn undrafted free-agent signing in 2019, Reich struck out 17 batters through 12.2 innings in 11 Rookie League games. He struck out a season-high three batters in two scoreless innings on Aug. 12.Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – AZL Dodgers LasordaThe two-time All-Southland Conference pick went 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA and 53 strikeouts through 45.2 innings in 2019. Warzek appeared in 26 games for the Dodgers’ Advanced-A squad but finished the year with Los Angeles’ Rookie League team. Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto NutsIn his third year with the Mariners organization, Kober went 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA, two saves and 91 strikeouts through 70.1 innings in 48 games with Advanced-A Modesto and Triple-A Tacoma. He tossed five-straight scoreless innings over his last four outings. Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsIn his third year with the Giants farm system, the two-time Southland hits leader hit .255 with 68 runs, 44 RBI and 26 stolen bases for Advanced-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond. Johnson was called up on June 25 after reaching base at a .365 clip in Advanced-A.Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsAlthough he spent much of his sixth season with the Giants organization on the injured list, Riggs struck out six batters without a walk through 5.1 scoreless innings in three games for Double-A Richmond.  MLB Jonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Toronto Blue JaysThe three-time All-Southland Conference pick is in his third major-league stint after having his contract selected by the Blue Jays on Sept. 3. Davis is batting .151 with three runs scored and three RBI in 27 games for Toronto this season. He recorded his first multi-hit performance in the big leagues with a 2-for-3 outing on Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay. In 82 games with Triple-A Buffalo, the Camden, Ark., native was reaching base at a .382 clip and ranked second on the team in runs (64), doubles (19) and walks (40). Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City RoyalsThe 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year is tied for third among MLB hitters with nine triples and ranks 14th among American League hitters in slugging (.542) and OPS (.900). Dozier is second on the team in home runs (26), RBI (82) and walks (53), and third in hits (138) and batting average (.286). Over the last 15 games, he has a slash line of .345/.379/.564 with seven RBI, seven runs and a pair of home runs.   Triple-APreston Beck (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his eighth year in the Rangers farm system, Beck hit .258 with 57 runs, 55 RBI and 11 home runs with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Nashville. After reaching base at a .333 clip in 99 games with Frisco, he was called up to Nashville, where he hit .340 with nine RBI and six runs. Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Omaha Storm ChasersDziedzic went 3-3 with a save, a 5.25 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 58.1 innings in his fifth season with the Royals’ Triple-A team. He struck out a season-high five batters on two occasions: against New Orleans on April 15 and against Oklahoma City on May 27.Louis Head (Texas State) – Oklahoma City DodgersIn his first year with the Dodgers organization, Head went 3-2 with a save, a 6.34 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 32.2 innings with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He tied a career high with five punchouts against Arkansas on April 14.Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Omaha Storm ChasersThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader tallied 60 stolen bases in 105 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in his fourth year with the Royals franchise. He hit .255 with a .345 on-base percentage, 72 runs and 36 RBI. Tyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Down East Wood DucksIn his second season with the Rangers franchise, the 2018 Third-Team All-Southland selection hit .196 with 19 RBI and 18 runs in 73 games with Triple-A Nashville, Single-A Hickory and Advanced-A Down East. Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem DashThe 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year led the Carolina League in walks (72) and ranked second in doubles (30) in his fourth year with the White Sox farm system. Fisher led the team in runs (62). last_img read more

Govt wise not to rush charges based on forensic audits – Hunt

first_imgBy Vahnu ManikchandIn light of mounted calls on Government to take actions based on the findings from the forensic audits conducted at several state agencies, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the United States Embassy Bryan Hunt posited that while there needs to be pressure on the State, Government is on the right track by not rushing the process.US Deputy Chief of MissionBryan HuntSpeaking exclusively with Guyana Times, the outgoing diplomat explained that Government was wise not to want to see prosecutions that are going to fail.“They want to make sure that whatever is taken to court by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has the best possible chance to bring those responsible for the crime to justice, which means they want to make sure that they have all the necessary evidence, that they have made sure that SOCU has carried out thorough investigations and can definitively answer the question who is responsible for the problems in the forensic audits,” he remarked.Hunt went on to say that Government should be careful that they do not only get those who were the final persons to sign the paperwork but also look that those who would have gave instructions to do so.“Often times, it is important to ask the question who ordered the person to sign the paperwork, who was the ultimate person responsible and we want to make sure that those authors of the criminal activities are also brought to justice,” he statedAccording to the US Diplomat, there is nothing wrong with civil society pushing Government to move forward, noting that the international community also wants to see this but at the same time, everyone should want the State to move forward in a systematic way that is going to achieve maximum results, that is, all the questions answered and evidence gathered.Moreover, Hunt pointed out that criminal prosecutions take time in Guyana. This, he said, is as a result of resources and requirements in the justice system, which includes many safeguards to ensure that those who are innocent are not wrongly convicted.“So I am not surprised that we are at a point where we don’t have people who are convicted of financial crimes,” he noted.He further explained that in complex investigations such as fraud or money laundering, which is what most of these cases are, one cannot expect that it is going to be completed instantaneously.“Certainly, the Government needed time to do the audits, hire professionals to look into it and then to digest the results of the audits they have received – the reports are not short, they are voluminous and it takes time to go through and read them; even more so, when you are trying to develop a prosecution base upon them,” Hunt stated.The US diplomat noted that while the forensic audits highlights where money should have been and where the holes are, it doesn’t necessarily answers the question of who is responsible for whatever gaps are there and this is where the law enforcement community has to become involved.“I believe the phase that we are in right now is at a point where we are taking the raw results of the forensic audits done by very qualified accounting firms, providing them to the law enforcement agencies like SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit) who will now going through those audits and determine what charges, if any, should be brought to bear against those responsible for misuse, misappropriated or misdirected funds,” he stressed.However, Hunt noted that it might be some time before persons can begin to see solid criminal prosecutions. He reminded that all law enforcement agencies around the world face human and financial constraints, especially in Guyana where they are now embarking on investigating financial crimes.To this end, he recommitted that the international community stands ready to assist SOCU and other related agencies in carrying out this task. Nevertheless, Hunt is optimistic that these forensic audits will turn into prosecution and those responsible for the misuse, misappropriation of resources will be held accountable.“I think that is very important especially since we are entering into a phase where Guyana is going to have a significantly increased state resource-based that needs to be managed effectively. People need to understand that there cannot be impunity for financial crimes… people need to have that deterrent effect and I think we are going to get there but it’s going to take time,” the US official noted.Finance Minister Winston Jordan has disclosed in December last that Government has spent in excess of $133 million on the audits, and President David Granger had stated his Administration is not ignoring these reports but noted that they may not be sufficiently grave to “bring the house down.”The Head of State noted that these audits would be guides for corrective action to ensure that there is no reoccurrence as well as to ensure that in cases where there is culpability, unlawful behaviour that persons could be brought before the court and if they are found guilty of having committed offences they could be punished.last_img read more

Bale at crossroads after Wales heartbreak

first_img0Shares0000Wales forward Gareth Bale in action during the World Cup qualification match against Austria in September 2017 © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Oct 10 – A powerless spectator as Wales’s World Cup dreams were crushed by the Republic of Ireland, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has arrived at a crucial tipping point in his career.Sidelined by the latest in a succession of calf injuries, Bale could only watch forlornly from the stands at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday as Ireland’s 1-0 win gave them a World Cup play-off berth at Wales’s expense. Having turned 28 in July, and with his fortunes tied to a country that last qualified for the World Cup in 1958, Bale has missed out on his best chance of playing at football’s biggest event.He was the undisputed figurehead of Wales’s successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 and then starred with three goals as Chris Coleman’s side confounded every expectation by reaching the semi-finals in France.But his injury woes have obliged other players to step up in recent months, with 17-year-old Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn and Derby County’s Tom Lawrence among the unlikely players to have answered the Welsh call.The loss to Ireland leaves Bale and the other members of Wales’s “Golden Generation” contemplating the demotivating thought that Euro 2016 may have been as good as it will ever get for them.Bale can at least console himself that once he has recovered from his latest injury, his place in Coleman’s starting XI will be waiting for him, but the same cannot be said at Madrid.With three Champions League triumphs in the past four seasons, Bale is already arguably Britain’s most successful footballing export, and yet he is under greater pressure at the Bernabeu than ever before.Isco exploited an ankle injury sustained by Bale to move ahead of the Welshman in the pecking order last season and 21-year-old Marco Asensio’s emergence as the new darling of Spanish football has further complicated matters.Bale managed just 19 league appearances last season as Zinedine Zidane’s men streaked to the Spanish league title and has started only four times in the league in the current campaign.– ‘Isolation’ –In a snapshot of his difficulties, he scored a sublime volley on his last outing as Madrid won 3-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, only to then succumb to the 11th calf injury of his time in Spain.Compounding Bale’s situation is his uncomfortable relationship with Madrid’s fans.He became a firm favourite after his world-record move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, his goals in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals helping him to engrave his name in Madrid folklore in his very first campaign.But he has since become a target of the Bernabeu boo boys, who believe he has benefited from favouritism and reproach him for his failure to learn Spanish.“Bale is beginning his fifth year at Madrid and he still finds it very difficult to express himself in Spanish,” the former Madrid striker and coach Jorge Valdano said earlier this season.“Football is a game of mutual understanding. Isolation in the dressing room also becomes isolation within the team.“There is a big connection between how you adapt socially and how you adapt on the pitch. And you must also say that very few players have had the support, from both the institution and the coaches, that Bale has had.”Bale has received public backing from Zidane and his team-mates and is known to be a favourite of Madrid president Florentino Perez’s.But he continues to be linked with a return to England with Manchester United and having seen Wales’s fairytale three-year journey come to an end, he now finds himself at a crossroads.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Klopp: Injury crisis may force Liverpool into January transfer market

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted the growing injury crisis at Anfield could force the club to spend in the January transfer market.Philippe Coutinho and centre-back Dejan Lovren joined the Reds’ lengthy list of sidelined stars after both suffered hamstring injuries in Tuesday’s 1-0 League Cup semi-final first leg win at Stoke.The latest injury blow leaves Klopp with ten players on the sidelines – at least five of which have hamstring strains – and his only fit centre-back Kolo Toure suffered badly with cramp late on at the Britannia Stadium.Klopp had previously stated he will avoid any purchases in January to allow squad member every chance to impress before he begins to mould his Liverpool team after his first season in charge.But now the German boss admits he hand may have been forced.“In this moment with no centre-back fit I would say it is a situation where we have to think about going into the transfer market,” he said.“Two weeks ago we had three centre-backs, that’s a good situation, at the start of the season we had five, now we have none.“Injuries? Yeah that’s it, we will look at our training! We don’t train, we only recover, that is the situation now? There is no training.“But it’s no problem really. I am responsible for these things and if you want to make me responsible then it’s okay.“We have five hamstrings [Coutinho, Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Jordan Rossiter and Divock Origi plus Daniel Sturridge is still rehabilitating from one] and it’s my responsibility, but it is like it is and we have to see what we can do.”A £5.1million deal has already been lined up for Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, set to be confirmed on Wednesday, but the 19-year-old will immediately be loaned back for the remainder of the season. 1 Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Airport’s flight service to Dublin is being retained, it was confirmed today.The Department of Transport has signed off on tender documentation – and has contacted the European Commission to allow Aer Arann to continue to operate the route until the tender process is completed in October.The company’s current PSO tender is due to end in a couple of months. It’s great news for local people, tourism and the business sector.Eilis Barrett, Operations Manager for Donegal Airport told donegaldaily.com: “At a meeting this morning between Donegal Airport management and the Department of Transport it was confirmed that PSO and tender notifications for the  PSO air service on the Donegal-Dublin route have been issued from the Department to the European Commission and are expected to be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Communities this month.“The specifications for services and schedules on the route are the same as currently exists (e.g. twice daily to Dublin including morning and evening rotations).“It is anticipated that the new PSO air service will commence in October. In the meantime, the Department of Transport is engaged in discussions with the European Commission concerning the continuity of services on the Donegal-Dublin route until the new PSO air service contract is awarded.” It’s understood Aer Arann will be among those tendering for the route, which is subsidised under Government policy for rural communities.CONFIRMED: DONEGAL TO DUBLIN AIRLINK TO BE RETAINED was last modified: April 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgIT’S day two of Relay for Life Donegal – with great entertainment lined up again today.The annual event at LyIT is a celebration of life, those who fought back and those who have gone.Fitness, fun, religion and music are all on the agenda today. So try to get along if you can.Majella and Daniel O’Donnell will be on stage later in the day.The full line-up is below:  HUGE CROWDS AT RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: June 5th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalRelay for Lifelast_img read more


first_imgMarley Coach Hire Division FourDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue20-Nov-2011Naomh Padraig Leifear0 – 70 – 9Naomh Padraig-MuffTermonBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue20-Nov-2011Glenswilly1 – 140 – 9MalinSean MacCumhaillsMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue20-Nov-2011Glenfin2 – 120 – 7Naomh ColumbaConvoyMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue20-Nov-2011KilcarBundoranPairc Tamnaigh KilcarConceded by BundoranCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue20-Nov-2011Naomh Colmcille0 – 60 – 6Naomh MhuirePairc ColmcilleCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue20-Nov-2011Naomh Brid2 – 130 – 12St NaulsNaomh Brid20-Nov-2011UrrisAodh RuadhUrris Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighConceded by UrrisMarley Coach Hire Division Four ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2Venue19-Nov-2011Red Hughs0 – 60 – 10Naomh UltanRed HughsGAA: ALL THE COUNTY DONEGAL WEEKEND RESULTS was last modified: November 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: ALL THE COUNTY DONEGAL WEEKEND RESULTSlast_img read more


first_imgSOCCER’s world governing body FIFA has led tributes to Shay Given on his 20-year career for Ireland – joining an elite group of players to do so.When goalkeeper Shay made his 134th senior appearance for Republic of Ireland in last night’s friendly against Belarus, he joined an exclusive group of players whose international careers have spanned more than 20 years.Now 40, Given’s first international appearance came against Russia on 27 March 1996, meaning Tuesday’s friendly against Belarus saw him surpass two decades’ service for the national team. FIFA also listed other record-holders:World Cup veterans and record-holdersWhen it comes to incredible longevity at international level, one giant name instantly springs to mind: Lothar Matthaus. The 1991 FIFA World Player of the Year, capped 150 times for Germany, made his final international appearance at UEFA EURO 2000, 20 years and six days after making his debut. While he won a plethora of titles and personal honours in his trophy-laden career, captaining his country to the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ remains Matthaus’ personal highlight.“The period around the 1990 World Cup really was the best part of my entire career,” Matthaus told FIFA.com in 2015. “The world’s most talented players were going toe-to-toe in Italy – so many international stars were there. It was only natural having that rivalry and challenge every weekend also made each of us stronger.”While Matthaus maintains the record for the most games played at a FIFA World Cup finals (25), former Ecuador defender Ivan Hurtado boasts the accolade of featuring in the most qualifying matches (72). Like Matthaus, Hurtado’s international career surpassed the 20-year mark, calling it a day in October 2014, over 22 years after making his debut in 1992. “If I’d ever said that I was going to play more World Cup qualifiers than anyone else, they’d have called me crazy,” he said in conversation with FIFA.com in 2015. “I could never have imagined that I’d end up holding the appearance record for such a demanding competition.”An international career spanning 22 years is a truly remarkable feat – but Ecuador’s Hurtado is not the only one who can lay claim to such an achievement. Pat Jennings kept goal for Northern Ireland 119 times between 1964 and 1986, becoming the then-oldest player at a FIFA World Cup in his final game against Brazil at Mexico 86, aged 41.“I started in 1964 and waited until 1982 before we qualified for the World Cup,” the former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur shot-stopper said.“We had a great set-up at that time, we just did not give goals away. It was important we didn’t give goals away because we didn’t score many of them.”Jennings’ record as the World Cup’s oldest player was eventually surpassed by Cameroon’s Roger Milla at USA 1994 and then later by Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon at Brazil 2014, who both had international careers that surpassed the 20-year mark.“It’s an honour for me to be here,” Mondragon, after becoming the oldest player to feature at the World Cup at 43 years and three days, told FIFA.com in 2014. “In claiming this record I’m a person who embodies Colombian football and Colombian football history.” Other World Cup veterans whose senior international careers spanned over 20 years include goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who featured for Australia from 1993 to 2003, and Hossam Hassan, Egypt’s all-time leading scorer, who amassed his 68 goals between 1985 and 2006. “Playing in the World Cup is the dream of every player,” Hossam, who represented the Pharaohs at Italy 1990, told FIFA.com in 2013. “There aren’t words for what I experienced then.”European evergreensWhen it comes to Liechtenstein’s football records, Mario Frick rules supreme. The country’s all-time record goalscorer and appearance holder, former Verona and Basel striker Frick brought an end to his international career in 2015, 21 years and 351 days after making his debut in 1993. “It was an emotional, perfect farewell,” Frick said after his final appearance for his country last year.Like Frick, Finnish football legend Jari Litmanen also holds the accolade of recording the most caps and goals for his country over a 21-year period. Regarded as one of the finest players never to reach a major international tournament, the attacking midfielder turned out 137 times for Finland, netting 32 goals.While he lifted a multitude of major trophies at club level for giants such as Ajax and Liverpool, claiming a combined four European titles at those clubs, Litmanen was never able to showcase his talents on the biggest international stages due to Finland’s failure to qualify for a major international tournament.“I always felt great pride in wearing my country’s colours and always strove to give everything to lead them as high as possible. It just wasn’t enough,” said Litmanen, speaking to FIFA.com in December 2015. “Many of my team-mates took part in European Championships and World Cups; I consoled myself as best I could, by telling myself that at least I had a holiday.” SHAY GIVEN JOINS UNIQUE GROUP OF PLAYERS AS IRELAND CAREER PASSES 20-YEAR MARK was last modified: June 1st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:20-year recordFIFAShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgPaddy McShane pictured with coached Eamon Duffy and Eddie Harkin.BOXING: Paddy McShane again reiterated why many are tipping him for the top, as he won another title, this time in the UK. McShane, coached by the experienced duo of Eamon Duffy and Eddie Harkin boxed superbly at the event in Hull, England.The Donegal boxer was part of an Ulster representative team that attended the prestigious tournament. McShane was superb throughout the competition and delivered a series of assured and controlled displays.That consistency ensured he took home the Hull Box Cup back to Letterkenny, to add to the collection he has already won in his short but thus far successful career.DELIGHT AS PADDY MCSHANE WINS BOXING TITLE IN THE UK was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingPaddy McShaneSportUKlast_img read more

Championship 2018/19: How the table would look based on every club’s home form

first_img huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Leeds United players celebrate scoring one of their 13 goals at Elland Road this season. They have won only won four of their matches at Elland Road, drawing three and losing the other, which while not being bad, is hardly going to win them the title.But who would be top of the division if the table was based solely on every Championship sides’ home form? Find out below… REPLY MONEY 11. Birmingham CityP | 9 | W 3 | D 6 | L 0 | GF 16 | GA 11 | GD +5 | Points 1512. Aston VillaP | 8 | W 4 | D 3 | L 1 | GF 15 | GA 10 | GD +5 | Points 1513. RotherhamP | 8 | W 4 | D 3 | L 1 | GF 10 | GA 7 | GD +3 | Points 1514. Swansea CityP | 8 | W 4 | D 2 | L 2 | GF 13 | GA 7 | GD +6 | Points 1415. MillwallP | 8 | W 4 | D 2 | L 2 | GF 15 | GA 11 | GD +4 | Points 14 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 5 1. West Bromwich AlbionPlayed | 9 | Won 6 | Drawn 1 | Lost 2 | Goals For 26 | Goals Against 13 | Points +13 | Points 192. Sheffield UnitedP | 9 | W 5 | D 3 | L 1 | GF 16 | GA 9 | GD +7 | Points 183. MiddlesbroughP | 9 | W 5 | D 3 | L 1 | GF 10 | GA 3 | GD +7 | Points 184. Norwich CityP | 9 | W 6 | D 0 | L 3 | GF 14 | GA 12 | GD +2 | Points 18 5. BrentfordP | 8 | W 5 | D 2 | L 1 | GF 16 | GA 6 | GD +10 | Points 176. Wigan AthleticP | 8 | W 5 | D 2 | L 1 | GF 11 | GA 7 | GD +4 | Points 177. Derby CountyP | 9 | W 5 | D 2 | L 2 | GF 14 | GA 11 | GD +3 | Points 178. Queens Park RangersP | 9 | W 5 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 12 | GA 9 | GD +3 | Points 169. Nottingham ForestP | 9 | W 4 | D 4 | L 1 | GF 11 | GA 8 | GD +3 | Points 1610. Leeds UnitedP | 8 | W 4 | D 3 | L 1 | GF 13 | GA 5 | GD +8 | Points 15 BEST OF Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE 5 5 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Latest Football Storiescenter_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest. REVEALED 5 16. Blackburn RoversP | 9 | W 3 | D 5 | L 1 | GF 10 | GA 9 | GD +1 | Points 1417. Preston North EndP | 8 | W 3 | D 3 | L 2 | GF 18 | GA 14 | GD +4 | Points 1218. Bristol CityP | 9 | W 3 | D 2 | L 4 | GF 9 | GA 9 | GD 0 | Points 1119. Stoke CityP | 8 | W 3 | D 2 | L 3 | GF 8 | GA 8 | GD 0 | Points 11 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 5 Millwall players celebrate no dice shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sometimes, no matter how hard they try, football teams can’t quite get it right on home soil.With wins and good football expected, it can be hard to get the balance right and high-flying Leeds are just one of those teams who aren’t quite clicking. REVEALED Stoke City star Peter Crouch 20. ReadingP | 9 | W 3 | D 1 | L 5 | GF 14 | GA 13 | GD +1 | Points 1021. Sheffield WednesdayP | 8 | W 2 | D 4 | L 2 | GF 11 | GA 14 | GD -3 | Points 1022. Hull CityP | 8 | W 2 | D 2 | L 4 | GF 7 | GA 9 | GD -2 | Points 823. Bolton WanderersP | 9 | W 2 | D 1 | L 6 | GF 5 | GA 13 | GD -8 | Points 724. Ipswich TownP | 8 | W 0 | D 6 | L 2 | GF 6 | GA 10 | GD -4 | Points 6last_img read more