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Weekly look at WNYers in pro ball

By Mike Harrington

As promised in Sunday's Inside Baseball column on Tigers outfielder and ex-Bison Matt Tuiasosopo, here's our updated list of players in pro ball with Western New York high school or college connections. In response to a couple of inquiries, we're not including Rochester-area players (e.g. Section V high schoolers), or players in independent leagues. Affiliated pro ball only.

If we miss somebody, kindly put his name and connection in the comment space below, send me an email at or tweet me at @BNHarrington and we can immediately update. I've received a couple emails of players who were active in 2012 but do not show up on the stats of any affiliated team this season, so they are not listed.

The stats are through Friday. 

Player (Connection)    Team-Class    GP Avg. HR RBI
Dave Sappelt (South Buffalo)  Iowa-AAA 66 .239 3 36
  (Sappelt also played 31 games this year for Chicago Cubs.. .240-0-4) 
Jim Negrych (St. Francis) Buffalo-AAA   89 .295 3  38
Kevin Mahoney (Canisius Col) Trenton-AA  39  .203  1 8
Tom Murphy (UB)                 Tulsa-AA    3   .455   0  2          
   (Promoted on Aug. 6. Played 80 games at Class A Asheville ... .288-19-74)
Sean Jamieson (Canisius Col) Visalia-A 101  .287  9 44
Wynton Bernard (Niagara U.) Eugene-A 27 .272  1 8
Jason Kanzler (UB)            GCL Twins-A 29 .198 1 10
Jonah Heim (Amherst)      GCL Orioles-A 17 .117 0 2
Cory Brownsten (Lockport) Lynchburg-A  36 .180 0 9

Pitcher (Connection)         Team-Class            GP GS W-L-ERA Sv
John Axford (Canisius Col)  Milwaukee                 56   0  5-5  4.28  0
Kevin Siegrist (Buffalo)        St. Louis                    18  0  0-1  0.93  0
Steve Geltz (Wilson/UB)        Durham-AAA            34 0 3-3 3.10 3
   (Read this Inside Baseball column on Geltz from earlier in the season)
Garret Cortright (Frontier-Canisius Col) GCL Orioles-A  8 2 4-0 0.86 0
Jon Fitzsimmons (Canisius Col)   Idaho Falls-A              6 0 0-0 1.64 0
Chris Barczykowski (NCCC)       GCL Braves-A               11 2-0 6.19 0
Mark Armstrong (Clarence)      AZL Reds-A                    0 0 0-0 0.00 0 

Note 1: Sappelt grew up in South Buffalo and moved to North Carolina when he was 14. Read this 2011 story on him from The News

Note 2: Siegrist was born in Buffalo in 1989 but moved to Florida as a child. His second pro team was the 2009 Batavia Muckdogs.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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