Where Capital Region Baseball Talent Landed In Minor League Baseball This Season

by Corey Mansfield

Spring training is over and local talent from around the Capital Region have found their new homes in Minor League Baseball.

Jeff Hoffman (Colorado Rockies) - Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA): The North Colonie High (NY) product made it to the major leagues last year with the Rockies, but struggled to a 0-4 record with a 4.88 in 31.1 innings. He's slated to start the season in Triple-A with the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League. 

Garrett Whitley (Tampa Bay Rays) - Bowling Green Hot Rods (A): Whitley was the #13 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft out of Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, NY. Last season, he hit .266 with one home run, 31 RBI, and 21 stolen bases in 65 games for the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League (short season-A). He'll start the season with with the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Midwest League (A). 

Garrett Whitley with Hudson Valley Renegades in 2016 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Ian Anderson (Atlanta Braves) - Rome Braves (A):  The Shenendehowa product and third overall pick in the 2016 draft started his professional career with the Gulf Coast Braves but quickly moved up to the Appalachian League with the Danville Braves (rookie) He posted a 0-2 record with a 3.74 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched. He starts the season with the Rome Braves in the South Atlantic League  (A). 

JaVon Shelby (Oakland Athletics) - Beloit Snappers (A):  The A's 5th round pick from 2016 and former Amsterdam Mohawk struggled mightily after he was promoted to the Vermont Lake Monsters in the New York-Penn League last season. He hit only .186 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 56 for Vermont. He'll start the season with the Beloit Snappers in the Midwest League (A).

John Sansone (Cincinnati Reds) - Dayton Dragons:  The former Amsterdam Mohawk had an outstanding season with the Billing Mustangs of the Pioneer League hitting .285 with 5 home runs and 25 home runs in 50 games. He'll start the season in the Midwest League (A) with the Dayton Dragons.

Stephen Woods (San Fransisco Giants) - Augusta GreenJackets: - The former UAlbany pitcher had rough time when he was promoted to Salem-Keizer of the Northwest League. He had went 1-0 with a 5.63 in eight innings pitched. He'll start the season in the South Atlantic League (A) with the Augusta GreenJackets

Mike Kaelin (Los Angeles Angels) - Burlington Bees . The former University of Buffalo product and Albany Dutchmen was solid for the Burlington Bees last season with 1-1 record with a 2.16 ERA in 33.1 innings pitched. However, his success didn't warrant a promotion and he'll start the season back with Burlington.

Zach Remillard (Chicago White Sox) - Kannapolis Intimidators: The Cohoes, NY native and former Albany Dutchmen tore up Arizona League (rookie) hitting .310 average with 2 home runs and 9 RBI in 13 games. However, Remillard Remillard struggled when he was promoted to Kannapolis (A), hitting only .227 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI in 31 games. He'll start the season back with Kannapolis.

Anthony Marks (San Fransisco Giants) - Augusta GreenJackets: Marks was the face of Coastal Carolina's NCAA Championship run in 2016. The former Albany Dutchmen will start his professional career with the Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League(A).

Jonny Reid (Washington Nationals) - The former Albany Dutchmen was outstanding for the Gulf Coast League Nationals (rookie) and was quickly promoted to their New York-Penn League (short season-A) affiliate the Auburn Doubledays. Reid, a southpaw posted 1-0 record with a 3.10 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched. The Nationals organization assigned Reid to extended spring training so he can develop some new pitches.

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