Erie MLN: Welcome to the Wolves

The occurrence of the MLB draft brings many dreams to life for hundreds of young baseball players around the world. The draft forces all 30 major league baseball teams to reevaluate their rosters, which greatly affects their minor league affiliate rosters as well. Coincidentally, the Erie SeaWolves roster was being completely readjusted this week just as the 2012 draft was just getting underway.

Rearranged Roster

Catcher John Murrian was placed on the 7-day disabled list earlier this week after pulling a Hamstring muscle while the team was away playing in Richmond. Murrian going on the DL resulted in Lakeland catcher Luis Sanz being called up to Erie. While playing for Lakeland, Sanz played in 11 games and had an average of .195 with three runs batted in.

In the second wave of roster moves for the ‘Wolves Wade Gaynor, who has had added some offense to the SeaWolves club as of late, was reassigned to Class-A Lakeland. With that transfer, the much talked about third baseman Nick Castellanos was moved up to Erie for Lakeland. Castellanos has had an amazing year for the Flying Tigers by posting an average of .405 with 87 hits and 32 RBIs through 55 games.

Just yesterday, Rob Brantly, who has been a defensive and offensive stud for the club, was transferred up to Triple-A Toledo. As a result of Brantly's transfer, Lakeland catcher James McCann was moved up to play for the SeaWolves from the Flying Tigers. Also, right-handed pitcher David Kopp signed as a free agent and was assigned to Erie, while Erie pitcher Mark Sorenson announced his retirement.

Squirrels Grounded

This week Erie traveled to Richmond for a short three game series against the Flying Squirrels. Rain caused Friday's game to be suspended in the second inning with the howlers down 0-1. The game would resume on Saturday and would conclude with some late game heroics. Down 0-2 in the top of the 9th Rawley Bishop doubled, with two runners on, scoring Rob Brantly from second. Following Bishop's double, Brandon Douglas drilled a ball off the right field wall resulting in a triple, scoring two and giving the SeaWolves the 3-2 lead. Robbie Weinhardt threw a scoreless 9th inning solidifying the Erie victory and earning him his fourth save of the year. In the comeback win, Zach Samuels picked up the win and is 3-0 for the season.

After the comeback victory Erie would go on to lose to the Flying Squirrels 0-5 in a seven inning game on Saturday but took the series from Richmond by winning the final game 5-1.

Potent Pitching

The howlers returned home to Jerry Uht Park on Tuesday to take on the Trenton Thunder. In the opening game of the three game series Erie silenced the Thunder bats in a 5-0 win. Dominican Republic native Ramon Garcia had an amazing performance from the mound for the SeaWolves in the shutout victory. Garcia tossed eight innings, equaling his season-high, allowing only four hits with four strikeouts. For the season Garcia is 4-4 with an ERA of 4.21 and a WHIP of 1.13.

The shutout win was also the Double-A debut for Nick Castellanos. Castellanos, who is the Tigers top position player prospect, went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his first game wearing the orange and black.

Moving Forward

Erie wraps a three game series against the Thunder tomorrow night at home, game time 7:05 pm. The club will then host the New Britain Rock Cats for the first time this season for a three game series June 8th – 10th. After a rare off day the SeaWolves will then travel to Harrisburg to face the Senators June 12th – 14th.

After losing to the Thunder last night 4-7 the team is currently in 3rd place of the Western division with a record of 28-29, 7 ½ games behind division leader Akron.

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