Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Matt Smith (Seneca Valley)

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Matt Smith's draft stock fell this spring following a poor senior season of college ball but he is making up for in the early days of his professional career, already earning a promotion in the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system.

The right-hander and Seneca Valley High School graduate was promoted to short season Helena in the short season Pioneer League on Monday. That came on the heels on a fine start in the rookie-level Arizona League, where the right-hander went 1-0 with 0.87 ERA in four relief appearances.

Smith also allowed six hits in 10 1/3 innings while striking out 10 and walking two after being chosen in the 34th round of this year's amateur draft from Georgetown.

Smith was just 3-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 13 college starts this season. That followed a strong junior year in which he had a 4-5 record with an excellent 2.80 ERA in 14 starts for the Hoyas.


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Jack Graham (Seneca Valley)

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Jack Graham has had a difficult time staying healthy in his first full season in the Baltimore Orioles' organization.

The second baseman and Seneca Valley High School graduate has been limited to just 10 games with low Class A Delmarva in the South Atlantic League. He has been on the disabled list since June 13.

Graham, 23, is hitting just .111 with one RBIs. He has a .294 on-base percentage, a .111 slugging percentage, six walks and 10 strikeouts.

The Orioles selected Graham in the 38th round of last year's amateur draft after he played one season at Slippery Rock University. Graham transferred after playing two years at Youngstown State.


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Kevan Smith (Seneca Valley)

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Kevan Smith got as close to making his major league debut without actually playing in a game.

The Chicago White Sox called up the Seneca Valley High School graduate up from their Class AAA Charlotte farm club on April 25. The next night he was scheduled to be the starting catcher in a game against the Blue Jays at Toronto.

However, Smith sprained the sacroiliac joint in his back during pre-game stretching and was scratched from the lineup. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day then was optioned back to Charlotte in the International League once he was activated May 23.

"It will go down in folklore of weird things that happen to people," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Cory Mazzoni (Seneca Valley)

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Cory Mazzoni has had a frustrating season in the San Diego Padres' farm system.

The right-hander from Seneca Valley has been limited to two relief appearance with Class AAA El Paso in the Pacific Coast League after experiencing a setback in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.

Mazzoni, 25, has notched a save and allowed one unearned run in 1 1/3 innings this season. He last appeared in a game April 13.

The Padres designated Mazzoni for assignment April 27 in order to drop him from the 40-man roster. They then released Mazzoni on May 3 in a procedural move before re-signing him to a minor league contract on May 13.


Alumni Update - Sarah Blagg (Penn State-Behrend)

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ERIE, Pa. – Sophomore Sarah Blagg and junior Shannon McDonnell (Fayston, VT/Harwood Union) each earnedBlagg PSUB spots on the 2016 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South First Team.

Third base honoree Blagg, a Seneca Valley graduate, paced the squad with a .395 batting average for the season, along with hits (49), runs (37), RBI (32), home runs (3) and slugging percentage (.629). She was second in doubles with 12 and was 5-for-5 in stolen bases.

Blagg also had 14 multiple hit games, including an 11-game hit streak was the only Behrend player to post five hits and five RBIs in one game this season.


(photo courtesy of Penn State - Behrend)