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MR. MILLS GOES TO WASHINGTON: LEFTY HURLER JOINS NATS
Nationals purchase contract of Capitales' bullpen workhorse

Durham, N.C. -- The contract of Quebec Capitales LHP Jordan Mills has been purchased by the Washington Nationals organization, the Can-Am League announced on Wednesday.

The Shingle Springs, Calif., native was outstanding in his first season with the Capitales, going 6-0 with a 1.96 ERA, making 41 of his 44 appearances out of the bullpen. The 44 appearances were a Quebec franchise record.

RAINES GETS THE CALL TO COOPERSTOWN
Former big-league speed demon managed Newark in 2011

The most successful base stealer in major-league history, OF Tim Raines was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, along with C Ivan Rodriguez and 1B Jeff Bagwell.

After his playing career, Raines has managed and coached at a variety of levels, including for the Newark Bears, when the club was in the Can-Am League in 2011.

BACK FROM JAPAN, DELABAR GETS NEW OPPORTUNITY WITH INDIANS
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Steve Delabar is one of the Can-Am League's most distinguished players of all time because he has stepped on a major league mound in nearly 200 games and was an American League All-Star only three years ago. Now 33, the 6-foot-5 right-hander is getting another opportunity to extend his career.

Defending American League champion Cleveland has signed Delabar and invited him to its major league spring training camp in Arizona. He will be reunited with longtime Can-Am first baseman-outfielder Chris Colabello, also an Indians invitee.

LEANDRO CASTRO'S BAT STILL PRODUCTIVE IN MEXICAN PLAYOFFS
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Former New Jersey and Rockland outfielder Leandro Castro's explosive offensive season is continuing during the Mexican League playoffs.

The 27-year-old, who ranked second in the regular-season batting race (.347), helped Los Mochis get off to a fast start in their playoff series against Culiacan Wednesday before more than 11,000 fans when he homered as part of a 3-for-3, two-runs batted in game in the 5-0 triumph. He also had a sacrifice fly.

PHILLIES PURCHASE CONTRACT OF SUSSEX COUNTY'S BEAL
Miners' righty fanned 31 hitters in 24 innings in 2016

Durham, N.C. -- The contract of Sussex County Miners RHP Jesse Beal has been purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies organization, the Can-Am League announced on Thursday.

Beal, 26, joined the Miners in July 2016 and was superb out of the bullpen, going 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA and five saves in 29 appearances, striking out 31 hitters in 24.1 innings of work while walking just eight and limiting opposing hitters to a .198 batting average.

JACKALS' OUTFIELDER O'NEILL HEADED TO DETROIT
2016 all-star outfielder led Can-Am League with 134 base knocks

Durham, N.C. – The contract of New Jersey Jackals OF Michael O’Neill was purchased by the Detroit Tigers organization, the Can-Am League announced on Thursday.

O’Neill, 28, was outstanding in his first season with the Jackals in 2016, leading the league with 134 hits, second all-time in Jackals franchise history. He finished third with 76 runs scored and fourth with a .338 batting average and .426 on-base percentage.

 
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