The New Milford Blazers had a busy chapter 2 with a few faces changing on the big club and in the minors.
Who’s here? RP Jake McGee, IF Brendan Ryan, C Trevor Brown, SP Tyler Wilson, CF Drew Stubbs, and 3B Garin Cecchini.
Who’s gone? Aaron Thompson, Amir Garrett, Andy Ibanez, Keon Broxton, Tyler Collins and Christhian Adames.
For the big club, the Blazers add a true back of the bullpen arm in lefty Jake McGee replacing the ineffective Aaron Thompson. Brendan Ryan was added to help with MI PA’s vs lefties replacing Tyler Collins. Collins gets the boot after flipping the bird to fans who booed him after misplaying a ball in CF.
On the farm, the Blazers re-aquire rehabbing Drew Stubbs to play CF in AAA with rehabbing Daniel Nava and Michael Saunders and also re-aquire Garin Cecchini to play 3B for the Illuminati. “We feel a veteran presence is necessary in Hartford in the OF right now,” explains GM Anthony Peburn. “We know Nava and Stubbs and they are comfortable playing for us to try to make the club next year.”
Needing a bigger battery presence, New Milford acquired power hitting C Trevor Brown, who will bat 7th and P Tyler Wilson, who is known for his groundball tendencies. “We feel 1/3 of our Hartford club can contribute in 2017, which is pretty good,” said Peburn. “We feel the future talent we got this chapter is equal to the talent we traded away.”