Erie MLN: Hanging In There

Despite going just 2-6 since the Eastern League All-Star Game the SeaWolves are still in the thick of the playoff race. The club is just 4 1/2 games out of second place in the Western Division and is managing to still be a factor in the chase.

If Erie hopes to reach the coveted 2nd spot in the division the club has to minimize the "big innings" for their opponents. Upon several instances this past week, the ‘Wolves have played great except for one or two innings in game, where their opponents have scored multiple runs forcing the howlers to win by comeback but often to avail. Erie looks to make a strong final push for a playoff spot as the season slowly draws to a close.

New Faces in New Places

Nick Castellanos, the recently anointed top prospect in the organization, has been playing some right field as of late. At his new position Castellanos has performed well and started to settle into his new role with Erie. The fielding change has not fazed Castellanos when at the plate as he continues to be a consistent and powerful bat for Erie.

The move to the outfield is likely part of the progression necessary to get Castellanos to the Tigers big league club if and when he moves up to the Major Leagues. Miguel Cabrera moved to third base this off-season and has performed well, necessitating a move for Castellanos defensively.

SeaWolves Honored On Monday night Nick Castellanos and Bruce Rondon were both honored for their efforts in the Futures Game which occurred in Kansas City during the MLB All-Star Break. Castellanos and Rondon not only showed what great ball players they are but also brought national recognition to the SeaWolves organization. Castellanos got the highest honor of the Futures Game by being named the MVP and Rondon showed off his cannon of an arm by topping 100 mph on every pitch he threw in the game. Officials from the City of Erie honored the two players for their performances on the field along with being excellent ambassadors to the Erie Seawolves organization.

Round and Round

After having an amazing two months with Erie, outfielder Jamie Johnson has been called up to Triple-A affiliate Toledo. Before being called up Johnson to Toledo, Johnson was hitting at the top of the line-up for Erie and consistently getting on base to help the club produce runs while also being an excellent defender in centerfield.

Luis Sanz was activated from the disabled list yesterday which sent Wes Thigpen down to Class-A Connecticut.

Jared Wesson returned to Erie this week after spending sometime in Class-A Lakeland. Wesson appeared in three games while in Lakeland, 0-1, giving up nine runs in 19 innings with 14 strikeouts. Corresponding with Jared Wesson return to Erie, Ramon Garcia was transferred to Toledo.

On The Road Again

Erie begins an eight game road trip starting today as the team will in Altoona for five games against the Senators and will then head to Ohio to take on the Akron Aeros for three games. With success on this road trip Erie would be in the middle of the playoff race in the division and it would be a huge momentum builder for the club heading into the remainder of the season.

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