Looking back at the 36 Atlantic League players signed by major league organizations during the 2010 season, surprisingly 13 remain with the organization that signed them. In years past it wasn’t uncommon to see a player earn a mid-season contract only to be cut loose before the start of the next season. (As always, any updates or corrections can be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply noted in the comments section below.)
* Salomon Manriquez (pictured above with York) will open the season with the Mets Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. Manriquez (Revs/’Stormers ’10) started the 2010 season with York, earning a roster spot after he attended a Revs open tryout. Traded to Lancaster after the Revs acquired John Pachot, Manriquez signed with the Mets after appearing in just eight games with the Barnstormers. He shuffled between Double- and Triple-A for the remainder of 2010. After the Barnstormers announced he would return to Lancaster in 2011 Manriquez re-signed with the Mets and earned a Triple-A job.
* One of the first Atlantic League players signed last season, left-hander Josh Muecke (Pats ’10) starts the season with the Rockies Triple-A team in Colorado Springs. Muecke allowed five runs in three innings of his first and only appearance with Somerset. Small aside: Revs fans may notice the Colorado Sky Sox team page littered with pictures of former York infielder Kenny Perez (Revs ’08), including the prominent action shot of him on the left side of the team’s home page banner. Perez is no longer in the Rockies system after playing parts of each of the past three seasons in the Rockies organization.
* Left-hander Derrick Loop (Sharks ’10) will return to the Class A Clearwater Threshers in the Phillies minor league system.
* Outfielder/1B Valentino Pascucci (Sharks ’10) starts the season with Triple-A Buffalo.
* Former Phillies prospect Mike Costanzo (Sharks ’10) starts the year with the Reds Double-A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats.
* Catcher Dayton Buller (Sharks ’10) starts the year with the Huntsville Stars, the Brewers Double-A affiliate.
* Left-hander Sam Narron (Sharks ’10) returns to Triple-A Nashville.
* Reliever Scott Patterson (Stormers ’10) posed for one of the most unenthusiastic mug shots with the Mariners Double-A Jackson Generals.
* Former Philly Eric Junge (Stormers ’10) starts the year with the Angels Triple-A squad in Salt Lake City.
* Right-hander Joe Esposito (Long Island ’10) moved up to High-A Clearwater in the Phillies system.
* Right-hander Jarrett Grube (Crabs ’10) starts the year with the Mariners’ Double-A Jackson Generals.
* Outfielder Jason Lane (Crabs ’10) played just 17 games with Southern Maryland, but he managed to knock in 11 runs. He starts the season with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Blue Jays system.
* Right-handed reliever Chris Mobley (Crabs ’10) stuck around until July 31 in the Atlantic League. In 40 appearances he notched 50 strikeouts. He earned a promotion from Double-A last season to Triple-A Round Rock this season with the Texas Rangers.
Other players of note: Atlantic League batting champion Brian Barton (Fish/Bears ’10) starts the year with the Reds’ Triple-A Louisville Bats. … Here’s a big one I missed. Thanks to the reader who pointed it out. Catcher Rene Rivera (Sharks ’10) is currently listed on the Twins’ Triple-A roster in Rochester. Signed by the Yankees last season, he spent time in Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It was also pointed out to me he was the only minor league player to hit a homer off Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. … Outfielder/first baseman Wily Mo Pena (Fish ’10) earned an opening day roster spot with Triple-A Reno Aces in Arizona’s farm system. The Padres signed Pena on July 20 and assigned him to Triple-A, but he inked a free agent contract with the Diamondbacks’ organization in the offseason. … Lefty Dustin Pease (Revs ’10) broke camp with High-A Lake Elsinore of the A’s organization. York picked up Pease late in the season to bolster its bullpen before its championship run. Pease appeared in eight regular season games for York. … Reliever Vince Perkins returns from the brink, earning a roster spot with Double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays system. Perkins retired from the Revs last summer without talking to York manager Andy Etchebarren, leaving the club after informing pitching coach Mark Mason of his decision. Perkins always had the velocity, he simply lacked command during his time with Newark and York. The best part about this story, however, is realizing former big league catcher Sal Fasano is the manager in New Hampshire. That man could rock a mustache like few have during the 21st century. … Reliever Justin Hampson (Revs/Ducks ’10) never seemed right last season during his short stay in the Atlantic League. It looks like he might be back to the level that saw him reach the majors with the Padres. He earned a Triple-A roster spot with the Mets in Buffalo.