Sunday, March 20, 2011 8:47 AM
Six former players of the Oneonta Outlaws (Saratoga Phillies) baseball organization are making their Major League Baseball (MLB) debuts this Spring. Outlaws Co Owner and Managing Partner Keith Rogers said, “This is an exciting time for our organization. To have (6) former players reach this level, this quickly in our organizations history, is very rewarding. We expect the number of pro prospects playing in Oneonta…to jump rather dramatically over the next few years”.
JD Martinez (Saratoga ’08), Houston Astros, South Atlantic League's Most Valuable Player for 2010, The big All American OF from Nova Southeastern hit his 1st Major League Baseball Home Run during a pre season game against the New York Mets earlier this week. JD was an NYCBL All Star in 2008 season.
Michael Fiers (Saratoga ’07-’08), Milwaukee Brewers, The 2007 New York Collegiate Baseball League Pitcher of the Year and Pompano Beach, Fla., native was a 22nd round pick (676th overall) of the Brewers in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft after a standout senior year at Nova Southeastern University. He led NCAA Division II with an NSU school record 145 strikeouts and he was a third-team All-American.
Fiers began his professional career last June with Helena of the Pioneer League. By the beginning of September the former Saratoga Phillie was pitching for Class A-Advanced Brevard County of the Florida State League. Through three levels, Fiers went 2-0 with 11 saves and a 1.33 ERA. He struck out 59 and walked only five in 40.2 innings.
The current Brewer was a two-time all star in the New York Collegiate Baseball League with the Saratoga Phillies. Fiers twice led the 14-team summer circuit in strikeouts with 68 in 2007 and 76 in 2008. He combined to win seven games over two seasons and posted a 5-1 record with a 1.99 ERA in his Pitcher of the Year campaign.
Donnie Webb (Saratoga ’06-’07 Cleveland Indians, The Stillwater, Okla., began his professional career in 2008 with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League. After spending most of the 2009 campaign with Class-A Lake County of the South Atlantic League, Webb was a called up to Triple-A Columbus. He hit .367 and drove in seven runs for the Clippers in just six games.
Like Fiers, Webb was a two-year member of the Saratoga Phillies. The former Oklahoma State outfielder was selected first team All-NYCBL in 2007 and he played in two NYCBL All-Star Games. Webb was a starting outfielder for the 2006 NYCBL champion Phillies, batting .278 with 19 RBI in 44 games. During his second season in Saratoga, Webb hit .329, drove in 22 runs and stole 15 bases.
Casper Wells (Saratoga ’05) Wells became the first former member of the Saratoga Phillies to reach Major League Baseball when he was added to the 40-man roster of the Detroit Tigers. Wells is currently taking part in his second Major League Spring Training. Wells is at Detroit Tigers camp for the second year in a row. After a breakout 2008, injuries hindered Wells in 2009 though he put together solid numbers in the Arizona Fall League this past October. The Schenectady, N.Y., native spent all of last season with the Double-A Erie Seawolves after rising from Low Single-A to Double-A in 2008.
Darin Mastroianni (Saratoga ’06) The Blue Jays selected the Mount Kisco, N.Y., native in the 16th round of the 2007 draft out of the University of Southern Indiana and 2nd member of the Phillies to reach a MLB 40-man Roster. Mastroianni split the 2009 season between Hi-A Dunedin of the Florida State League and Double-A New Hampshire of the Eastern League. He totaled 70 stolen bases between two levels and drove in 51 runs to earn an invitation to the prestigious Arizona Fall League. Mastroianni was chosen first team All-NYCBL in 2006 after leading the Saratoga Phillies to the league championship. He batted a team-high .348, drove in 25 runs, stole 17 bases and led the team with eight triples.
Michael Schwimer (Saratoga'05) The14th round pick of the Phillies in the 2008 draft converted 20 saves last season between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. He finished the season 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 53 appearances. Schwimer struck out 89 in 64.2 innings. The Fairfax, Va., native pitched for the Saratoga Phillies during the 2005 season.