Atlantic League Baseball Proves to be Second Chancers with Six Signings to MLB Affiliates, Mexican League

By Jerry Del Priore 

Known as an association of second chances for professional baseball players, the independent Atlantic League proved to be just that, as major league and Mexican league organizations have signed six players last week.

Ross Detwiler
Ross Detwiler

The Chicago White Sox has purchased the contract of York Revolution left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler last week. The White Six reported that Detwiler is expected to join the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

Detwiler, a veteran of parts of 10 MLB seasons, was 0-0 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts for the Revs this year and walked just two batters in 16.0 innings.

The Washington Nationals selected Detwiler sixth overall in the 2007 MLB amateur draft. 

Chicago picked up another AL player’s contract, signing Long Island Ducks infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr., who will join Detwiler in Charlotte. 

De Jesus Jr. posted a .306 batting average, recording 11 hits in 36 at-bats, and totaled five RBI and five runs scored in ten games. The third baseman drew seven walks as well, tied for the Atlantic League lead, and accrued a .409 on-base percentage. Defensively, he did not commit a single error and recorded 15 assists along with seven putouts.

Ryan Court, Will Maddox sign with respective MLB francises.

The Sugar Land Skeeters announced during the week that the Seattle Mariners have purchased the contract of infielder Ryan Court while the San Francisco Giants inked infielder Will Maddox to a deal.  

Court, 30, was in his first campaign with the Skeeters and ninth at the professional level. He spent the 2019 MLB Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs and hit .250/.300/.306 with six RBI in 19 contests.

Maddox, 26, was in his first season with the Skeeters and his sixth at the professional level. He began 2019 with Double-A Erie (DET) and hit .154/.207/.154 with two RBIs in eight games before landing in Sugar Land.

New Britain Bees team officials have announced that Tabasco of the Mexican League purchased the contract of infielder Jovan Rosa.  

This season, Rosa had appeared in seven games for the Bees, posting a .231 batting average with one home run and three RBI.

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced during the week that the Colorado Rockies organization purchased left-handed pitcher Pat Dean’s contract. The southpaw will report to the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Dean, a former major leaguer, pitched for the Minnesota Twins in Spring Training to begin the 2019 year. After the Twins released the former 2016 3rd round draft pick, the left-hander impressed in his first two Atlantic League starts, striking out a league-best 17 batters while allowing just one earned run.


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