Local baseball notebook
The Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft has come and gone, and the players who signed contracts are all with their minor league teams.
Six players who competed for Berkshire County's two summer college league teams were drafted, and one of them will get a chance to play in front of the "home" folks next month.
Jim Haley, who played for the North Adams SteepleCats last year and was set to play for them again this year, was drafted in the 19th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. He was assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. That means he will likely show up at Joe Bruno Stadium over in Troy, N.Y.
Haley's Renegades are scheduled to play the Tri-City ValleyCats Aug. 20-22 at the other "Joe." There, Haley will play against former SteepleCat Kevin Martir, a reserve catcher with the ValleyCats. Martir, who had played in two games through Thursday, was taken in the 18th round of last year's draft.
The highest-drafted player of the six, former Pittsfield Suns reliever Thomas Hackimer, has already skipped short-season baseball.
Hackimer, the fourth-round pick of the Minnesota Twins, started the season with the Elizabethton Twins of the Rookie-level Appalachian League. But on June 23, Hackimer and Lachlan Wells were moved up to the full-season, Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League.
Hackimer had been drafted in the 15th round by his hometown New York Mets back in 2015. He chose not to sign last year. After an All-America season at St. John's in 2016, the Twins took Hackimer in the fourth round.
Luke Maglich, a former SteepleCat from South Florida who was taken in the 32nd round by Philadelphia, is playing in the outfield for the NY-Penn League team in Williamsport. Jonathan Milford, a right-handed pitcher from Adelphi University, was taken in the 32nd round by St. Louis, and the Cardinals assigned the former SteepleCat to the Gulf Coast League.
Two ex-North Adams players were taken by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Right-handed pitcher Doug Willey from Arkansas was taken in the 32nd round and was assigned to the Orem Owlz of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. First baseman Brad Anderson of Pepperdine was chosen in the 40th round and was sent to the Angels' team in the Arizona Rookie League.
The teams of two former SteepleCats are checking in at Fenway Park this weekend. Only one of the players will be with them.
Catcher Bobby Wilson is in his second stint with the Texas Rangers, and the Rangers will visit Boston starting Monday.
The Angels spent this weekend at Fenway, but set-up man Joe Smith remains on the disabled list.
North Adams first baseman Keaton Wright may not play until next week, and his bat will be missed.
Wright has five home runs to lead the NECBL. But he has an elbow ailment and is expected to miss a week. He also has 15 runs batted in, good for second in the league.
The NECBL has some outstanding pitchers and two starters who have yet to give up an earned run.
Left-hander William Tribucher of Michigan and the Sanford Mainers is 2-0 in three starts, while Culver Lamb of Old Dominion and the Vermont Mountaineers has pitched in four games with two starts and a 0.00 ERA.
North Adams' Braxton Wilks of Abilene Christian is fourth and his ERA is an "astronomical" 0.56 with a 3-0 record.
The Futures League has a pair of .400 hitters as July begins. Worcester infielder Mike Coggeshall is hitting a league-leading .441, while Nashua catcher Mickey Gaspar is batting .429.
Coggeshall, from Assumption, has hit in 16 consecutive games. Gaspar, from Bryant, has only hit in five straight games. But both are on 10-for-16 streaks in their last five contests.
A look at the Futures League statistics has the Pittsfield Suns kind of stuck at 15 home runs. The Suns are two homers away from tying last year's mark of 17.
But they have hit only two homers in their last seven games, compared to 13 in their first 16.
Contact Howard Herman at 413-496-6253.
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