Kingsport Times-News from Kingsport, Tennessee on June 18, 1989 · 38
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Kingsport Times-News from Kingsport, Tennessee · 38

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' X t X N - X - v ' - S 4- ' 6 i -V N' it V' - x 4D Kingsport Times-News Sunday June 18 1989 Craig Johnston (Pitcher) Johnston a native of Sydney Australia will be used in a short relief role in Kingsport The 19-year old right-1 T hander was drafted by the Phillies last y Bjlt'” and released late in spring training He signed with the Mets and spent April and May in Port St Lucie Johnston played his senior year of high school baseball at Napa High School In Napa California He was 8-1 even though was out of action for five weeks with tendnitiS' is his elbow t Buhe Ostopowicz Johnston I Wallace Minnifield (Outfield) Minnifield is a 20-year old seocnd-year pro from Bowdon Ga He played in 45 games last year with the Sarasota Mets and batted 173 in 127 at bats Minnifield was not drafted out of high school but was signed as a free-agentIn high school he made the All-County team four consecutive seasons and was MVP his senior year when he 529 with 20 homers and 22 stolen bases Tim McClinton (Third baseOutfield) McClin-ton grew up in the Chicago area and played baseball at Donners Grove North High He hit 390 his senior year and showed a combination of speed and power with six homers and 20 stolen bases in 30 games He also had 35 RBIMc-Clinton short but strong will split time between the outfield and third base for the K-Mets Hector Carrasco (Pitcher) Carrasco will be the -Kingsport Mets opening night starter Monday-' The right-hander from the Dominican Repubr lie has a sometimes overpowering fastball which he used to keep his ERA under 200 in the Mets extended spring season vs othgE rookie clubs Carrasco pitched for the 1988 Sarasota Mets and finished 0-2 (417) in his first season in pro ball He was signed in 1987 as a non-drafted free agent dinnifield McClinton Carrasco Thornton water Tides Eschen team there Washington Kyle Washington (Outfielder) Washington NeW" York’s sixth-round pick in 1988 will start in centerfield Monday night for the K-Mets Washington had a tought start in pro ball last summer with the Sarasota Mets batting 202 But he improved over the off-season and hit 325 in 50 games in extended spring training Washington originally signed a basketball 7 scholarship with Southern Illinois but went to Kishwaukee Junior College where he w?s named All-Conference ’ un Diaz Polanco Castillo Alberto Castillo (Catcher) Castillo is in his third-year with the New York organization!! although he is only 19-years old The 6-footer- from the Dominican Republic signed in 1987 played in just seven games here in 1987 at)d had one hit in nine at bats Last summer h$ batted 265 in 22 games with Sarasota When ’ Tim Hines was injured here last year Castillo' was promoted and had an excellent last third! of the season hitting 293 with the K-Mets in 24 games z Ill I Fordyce Ed Vazquez (Pitcher) Vazquez is a 20-year old right-handed pitcher from the Bronx New York In high school baseball Vazquez was named to the Knickerbocker Conference All-Star team two years Vazquez has pitched against solid competition having traveled to the Dominican Republic two times with the New York Hispanic League He has also pitched against the Puerto Rican Olympic team Danny Apchard (Pitcher) Auchard is a 6-2 lefthander out of Tracy California a city of 20000 east of San FranciscoThe 19-year old pitcher was 9-0 his senior year in high school and posted a 143 ERAThose were impressive enough credentials to be named All-League his last year of high school baseball Auchard will be part of an 11-man pitching staff for the 1989 K-Mets Brook Fordyce (Catcher) New York’s third-round draft choice passed up a baseball scholarship to Clemson for a shot at pro baseball A 400 hitter in high school ball in Connecticut Fordyce never thought he would be drafted as high as the third round He was a four-year starter in high school and was named All-State three years I 4g8iiBw!wajBaaaai!i& Butler ehnerz Mike Lehnerz (Pitcher) Lehnerz is expected to part of the Mets five-man rotation Lehnerz is from Denver Colorado and was New York’ ninth pick in the June 1988 draftLehnerz a 6-5 right-hander pitched in Sarasota last year and was 0-2 with a 771 ERA with 28 innings pitched After a shaky start in the Gulf Coast Leafue Lehnerz finished strong He was an All-League pitcher while attending Regis Jesuit High School in Denver Davis Nicky Davis (First baseman) This is is Davis’ second year in professional baseball He played for the 1988 Sarasota Mets in 1988 and hit 212 in the Gulf Coast League The 6-4 Davis was drafted out of Merritt Island High School (Fla) and was New York’s 16th round draft choice in the ’88 June draft He will split time at first base with James Harris a? w - : Mm Guzik Robbi Guzik (Outfielder) The 19-year old Guzik is the son of New York Mets scout Rob Guzik of Latrobe Pa He has been playing junior college baseball the last two years and showed his power with 14 home runs over those two seasons He was named All-Section in high I --- '' if Of PittS-- burgh Guzik also was named to the East-West All-Star team for two years ample Deron Sample (Pitcher) Sample saw considerable action last year with the Sarasota Mets and had a decent season by finishing 4-4 with a 315 ERA Sample who was born in Dallas was the 29th choice in the 1988 draftSample graduated from Newman Smith High School and attended Paris 'Junior College in Texas Among his highlights of the 1988 summer in Sarasota was the one-hitter he tossed against the White Sox last year in the Gulf Coast League June lf-n Bluefield at Princeton Br'stol at Kingsport Arlington at Martinsville Elizabethton at Johnson City Wythevllle at Pulaski June 21-22 Johnson City at Wythevllle Kingsport at Elizabethton Martinsville at Bristol Princeton at Burlington Pulaski at Bluefield June 22 Bluefield at Wytheville June 22-24 Bluefield at Bristol Elizabethton at Burlington Johnson City at Kingsport Martinsville at Pulaski Wythevllle at Princeton June 25-24 Bristol at Princeton Burlington at Bluefield Elizabethton at Martinsville Pulaski at Johnson City Wythevllle at Kingsport June 27-21 Bluefield at Elizabethton Bristol at Wytheville Burlington at Pulaski Kingsport at Martinsville Princeton at Johnson City June 2-M Johnson City at Burlington Kingsport at Princeton Martinsville at Bluefield Pulaski at Bristol Wythevllle at Elizabethton July 1-2 Bluefield at Johnson City Burlington at Bristol Elizabethton at Princeton Kingsport at Pulaski Martinsville at Wythevllle July 2-4 Bristol at Johnson City Elizabethton at Pulaski t Klnonnrt at Burlington ‘ Princeton at Martinsville Wytheville at Bluefield July 5-4 Bluefield at Kingsport Bristol at Elizabethton Johnson City at Martinsville Pulaski at Princeton Wythevllle at Burlington July 7-1 Bluefield at Wythevllle Burlington at Kingsport Johnson City at Bristol Martinsville at Princeton Pulaski at Elizabethton July 7-10 Burlington at Wythevllle Elizabethton at Bristol Kingsport at Bluefield Martinsville at Johnson City Princeton at Pulaski July 12-12 Bristol at Burlington Johnson City at Bluefield Princeton at Elizabethton Pulaski at Kingsport Wythevllle at Martinsville July 14-15 Bluefield at Martinsville Bristol at Pulaski Burlington at Johnson City Elizabethton at Wythevllle Princeton at Kingsport July 14-17 Elizabethton at Bluefield Johnson City at Princeton Martinsville at Kingsport Pulaski at Burlington Wythevllle at Bristol July 15-17 Bluefield at Burlington Johnson City at Pulaski Kingsport at Wytheville Martinsville at Elizabethton Princeton at Bristol July 25-21 Bristol at Bluefield Burlington at Elizabethton Johnson City at Kingsport Princeton at Wytheville Pulaski at Martinsville July 22 Bristol at Martinsville (2) Burlington at Princeton (2) Elizabethton at Kingsport (2) Wythevllle at Johnson City (2) July 22 Princeton at Bluefield July 24 Bluefield at Princeton July 22-24 Johnson City at Elizabethton Kingsport at Bristol Martinsville at Burlington Pulaski at Wythevllle July 25-24 Bristol at Kingsport Burlington at Martinsville Elizabethton at Johnson City Pcioceton at Bluefield ' Wytheville at Pulaski July 27 Johnson City at Wythevllle (?) Kingsport at Elizabethton (2) Martinsville at Bristol (2) Princeton at Burlington (2) Pulaski at Bluefield (DH) July 21-27 Bluefield at Bristol Elizabethton at Burlington Kingsport at Johnson City Martinsville at Pulaski Wythevllle at Princeton July 20-21 Bristol at Princeton Burlington at Bluefield Elizabethton at Martinsville Kingsport at Wythevllle Pulaski at Johnson City August 1 Martinsville at Kingsport (2) August 1-2 Bluefield at Elizabethton Burlington at Pulaski Princeton at Johnson City Wytheville at Bristol August 2-4 Johnson City at Burlington Kingsport at Princeton Martinsville at Bluefield Pulaski at Bristol Wytheville at Elizabethton August 5-4 Bluefield at Johnson City Bristol at Burlington Elizabethton at Princeton Kingsport at Pulaski Martinsville at Wythevllle August 7-5 Bristol at Johnson City Burlington at Kingsport Martinsville at Princeton Pulaski at Elizabethton Wythevllle at Bluefield August 7-15 Bluefield at Kingsport Burlington at Wythevllle Elizabethton at Bristol Johnson City at Martinsville Princeton at Pulaski August 11-12 Bluefield at Wythevllle Elizabethton at Pulaski Johnson City at Bristol Kingsport at Burlington Princeton at Martinsville August 12-14 Bristol at Elizabethton Kingsport at Bluefield Martinsville at Johnson City Pulaski at Princeton Wythevllle at Burlington August 15-14 Burlington at Bristol Johnson City at Bluefield Princeton at Elizabethton Pulaski at Kingsport -Wythevllle at Martinsville August 17-15 Bluefield at Martinsville Bristol at Pulaski Burlington at Johnson City Elizabethton at Wythevllle Princeton at Kingsport August 17-25 Bristol at Wytheville Elizabethton at Bluefield Johnson City at Princeton — t''nsjpart at 7ul(svite Pulaski at Burlington August 21-22 Bluefield at Burlington Johnson City at Pulaski Martinsville at Elizabethton Princeton at Bristol Wythevllle'at Kingsport August 22-24 Bristol at Bluefield Burlington at Elizabethton Kingsport at Johnson City Princeton at Wythevllle Pulaski at Martinsville August 25-24 Bluefield at Pulaski Bristol at Martinsville Burlington at Princeton Elizabethton at Kingsport Wythevllle at Johnson City August 27 Princeton at Bluefield August 25 Bluefield at Princeton August 27-25 Johnson City at Elizabethton Kingsport at Bristol Martinsville at Burlington Pulaski at Wytheville Engle Niemann iST Scott Fidler MIK I James Harris (Firstbase) Harris was a member of the Gulf Coast League All-Star teamir 1988 He batted 291 in 58 games before beipg"’ promoted to Kingsport for the last two games" of the season He was the top all-round slugger for the Sarasota club in 1988 with a high aver- age and leading the club (fourth in the leagii&C in RBI with 34Harris a catcher who wTts signed out of St John the Baptist High School in Queens NY has been moved to firstbase Chris Butler (Pitcher) Butler is part of a tall" K-Met pitching The 6-6 right-hander is one of four pitchers taller than 6-4 on the staff Butler is from Marietta Ga and was signed out q£' high school as New York’s 23rd pick in the 1988 draftButler finished with a 1-4 record in Sara-’ sota last year with a 476 ERA He was second -on the team in innings pitched and should fig ure as a prominent member of the 1989 K-Mets: Reid Hartmann (Second baseman) Hartman " played for the Saraosta Mets last summer “ immediately after being drafted out of Me-remec Junior College in the St Louis area M Hartmann was New York’s 42nd pick overall' '' The 21-year-old infielder hit 239 with the Sara-" ' sota club last year in 34 games In junior' college he was named to his all-conference1’ team ' — it Tom Engle (Pitcher) Engle was New York’s"' second round draft pick out of Lancaster Ohio The 6-3 230-pound righthander was overpowering his senior season with six consecutive no-hitters He compiled a 29-4 record over four seasons at Fairfield Union High-'- School Engle averaged 15 strikeouts per game He was also an outstanding quarterback on the football team throwing for 1600 yarjjs while leading Fairfield to a 8-2 record - Randy Niemann (Pitching Coach) The 33-year-old Niemann has moved up to the next level Tn“ the organization with most of tne pitchers he instructed last year in Sarasota of the Gulf Coast LeagueNiemann a 6-5 left-hander had' a 13-year pro career as a pitcher and made stops in the big leagues in New York Chicago" and Minnesota He was drafted in 1975 and finished his professional career 1988 in Norfolk- Va with New York’s Class AAA team ’’ Craig Scott (Pitcher) Scott is the only TenneS-" sean on the Kingsport Mets roster He is a 6-3 ' right-hander from Cowan of Franklin County of west Tennessee The 21-year old pitcher ' appeared in 11 games last year with the Sara-jots Mets "d finished with a 1-1 record He had an impressive 286 ERA Scott threw '22" innings last summer and struck out 20 battetS ' in the Gulf Coast League last year Andy Fidler (Pitcher) Fidler was New York's!'" 11th pick in the 1988 draft He appeared in nine'" games with theSarasota Mets last summer be- fore finishing with the Kingsport Mets (fiyq outings) Fidler a 6-6 southpaw was 2-1 with 147 ERA in the Gulf Coast League He had 43 innings pitched and struckout 56 He should be part of a tough Kingsport starting pitching rih ' tation here this summer ? 5 ( I V n i

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