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2011 WNY's in Pro Baseball

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2011 WNY's in Pro Baseball

As we have done over the last couple of yrs, we are listing for 2011 the players in pro baseball who live or played in the WNY area before becoming pros.
This yr we have added players that are playing in Independent Leagues, meaning outside of Major League Baseball and MiLB (minor leagues). Many of these leagues do not ID where a player is from or resides, and many didn't reply to our request for info on players.
The list is headed by John Axford out of Canisius who is with the Milwaukee Brewers for the third yr. Steve Geltz, from Nefane and UB, was promoted to AAA to start the season but was sent down to AA Texas Leag. He currently has a 1.66 ERA, so he should be moving back up. In other news, Jim Negrych, St. Francis and Pitt. was traded from the Pirates to the Marlins and is hitting .291 for the AA, Jacksonville Suns.
Here is the complete list as we have them:
Brad Agustin, (Inf.) from Williamsville and UB is playing for the Normal CornBelters in the Frontier Leag., Ind. Pro Ball. The Leag. starts in late May.
John Axford, (P) Simcoe, Ont. from Canisius, with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jesse Bosnick (OF) out of St. Mary' Pa. and St. Bona. He's with the Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest Leag. (A). He is the property of the Dodgers. He struggling with a .189 BA.
Ricky Brooks (P) from NT and E. Carolina He was a Rule 5 pick up by the Mets this spring. He's with Binghamton in the Eastern Leag. (AA). He has a respectable ERA of 3.80 for 21.1 innings.
Cory Brownsten (C) from Lockport, Monroe CC and Pitt. He started with Lynchburg (Adv. A Carolina Leag.) but was injured and sent to Rome Braves (A, S. Atlantic Leag.). He plays in the Atlanta org. After rehab, he is close to playing again.
Cito Culver (INF) from Irondequoit HS (Roch.) He is going to be playing for Staten Island (A, NY Penn.) He was the Yanks first round pick in last yr's draft. The Leag. starts in late June.
Eric Flynn (OF) from Niagara Falls and UB.He will be playing for Montgomery Biscuits (Can-Am Leag.) which is Ind. Pro Ball. The leag. starts in late May.
Steve Geltz (P) from Newfane and UB. Pitching for the Arkansas Travelers (AA, Texas Leag.) With a 1.66 ERA in 12 innings, with no decisions. He's the property of the Angels.
Kyle Hoppy (OF) from Orchard Park H.S. He's scheduled to play for the Bluefield Blue Jays (Rookie Appalachin Leag.). He is the property of the Orioles. The leag. starts in late June.
Kevin Mahoney (INF) from Canisius. He is with the Tampa Yanks. (A Adv. Fla. S. Leag.) He.s hitting .205. He is the property of the Yanks.
Steve McQuail (OF) from Canisius. He will be playing with the Bluefield Blue Jays (Rookie Appalachin Leag.) He's the property of the Blue Jays.
Chas Mye (P) St. Joe's and UB. He is scheduled to play with the  AZL Athletics (Ariz. Rookie Leag). He's the property of Oakland. The leag. starts in June. 
Jim Negrych (INF) St. Francis, Pitts. Plays for the Jacksonville Sun (AA, South. Leag.) He's the property of the Marlins. He's currently hitting .291.
Jeremy Nowak (OF) From Cheek. Cent. and Mt. Olive Coll. He will be playing with the Aberdeen IronBirds. (A, NY Pa.) He's the property of the Orioles. The leag. starts in late June.
Jacob Rosenbeck (INF) From Medina and UB. He will play for Brockton Rox (Can-Am) Ind. Pro Ball. The leag. starts in late May.
Nick Weglarz (OF) Stevensville, Ont. He is on the Columbus Clipper's roster. (AAA, Internat'l Leag.) He's been on the disabled list since late spring training with a torn meniscus. The club would not issue a date for him to play.
Zach Anderson (P) from Williamsville and UB and Mike Folli (INF) from UB were released in early spring training.
If you are aware of someone playing pro ball that is not on this list or you have an update, please email with the info.
If you would like to follow these players, go to, go to the "player search" box, spell out the last name and click. You can "bookmark player" by clicking on a red box that says "bookmark Player". Some rookie players don't have this feature yet.        
Photo of Steve Geltz.


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