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CAN-AM VETS STOCK, SANTIAGO THRIVING AT DOUBLE-A
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Robert Stock (pictured) and Andres Santiago are a pair of pitchers born less than a month but thousands of miles apart in the fall of 1989 who eventually ended up in the Can-Am League two years ago. Now, the right-handers are in separate Double-A leagues and putting together the type of early-season numbers that should be impressing their organizations.

Stock has been a strike-throwing machine in his first four appearances for San Antonio, getting all but 28 of his 81 pitches into the zone, including 10 of 13 Monday.

COLABELLO APPEARS READY TO SPEND SEASON PLAYING IN ITALY
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Chris Colabello's baseball journey is continuing although barring a last-minute deal with a major league organization the longtime Can-Am League first baseman will be suiting up in Italy.

This should not come as a major surprise since the 34-year-old's family has a two-generation history with Team Italy, starting with his father and trickling down to Chris, who has been a prominent figure in World Baseball Classic years with the team.

REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE BOOSTS OTTAWA'S FONT'S STATUS WITH DODGERS
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Former Ottawa Champions starting pitcher Wilmer Font is not likely to ever forget his first major league decision, even though it was a loss. Perhaps more importantly, his Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts, probably will not forget it, either.

After a less-than-impressive spring training and wide belief he was only on the Opening Day roster because he was out of options, the 27-year-old Venezuelan was pretty much the last option in the Dodgers' bullpen.

WILL PETER MOONEY GET A BIG-LEAGUE CALL?
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Most every player has his expectations as a new season begins. That was never more evident than with players on Miami's top farm club in New Orleans since the Marlins are rebuilding with an extremely youthful team.

Teammates at Triple-A New Orleans include regular shortstop Peter Mooney, the former New Jersey Jackals infielder, who had an outstanding spring with the parent Marlins but did not get the Opening Day call.

OTTAWA'S FONT MAKES DODGERS, WITH EIGHTH-INNING ROLE A POSSIBILITY
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Welcome to Opening Day, Wilmer Font.

While Peter Mooney did not make the Miami Marlins' 25-man roster despite a wonderful spring training, Font, an Ottawa Champions' starter in 2015 and the first half of 2016, will be wearing Dodger Blue when the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers begin their quest for another National title. He might even end up as manager Dave Roberts's go-to guy for the eighth inning.

TAKING A TOUR AROUND SPRING-TRAINING CAMPS
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

- Righthander Scott Kuzminsky, 26, who made five appearances out of the Trois-Rivieres bullpen three years ago and another 40 in a full season with the Aigles in '16 (3-1, one save, 4.00) got to suit up for the parent Seattle Mariners for at least one Cactus League game although he has not taken the mound.

- Thirteen-year veteran Craig Breslow (New Jersey '04) will begin the season in the minors, but is still bidding to extend his major league career with Toronto with his best hope if the Blue Jays decide they need a second lefty in the bullpen.

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