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FONT HAS 11 STRIKEOUTS FOR DODGERS' TRIPLE-A FARM CLUB
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Venezuelan-born Wilmer Font spent most of his first decade as a professional pitcher with one organization, growing from the ages of 17 to 24 with Texas with the high point being brief appearances in the major leagues with the Rangers in both '12 and '13.

Still only 26 until late next month and after signing as a six-year free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound right-hander is getting the ball every five days only one step below the major leagues at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

MARLINS PURCHASE CONTRACT OF BOULDERS' ARROYO
Miami native holds league single-season HBP, OBP records

Pomona, N.Y. -- The Rockland Boulders announced on Tuesday that the Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of infielder Junior Arrojo. He will be assigned to the Marlins' extended spring training team in Jupiter, before moving on to High-A Jupiter of the Florida State League.

Arrojo is the Boulders' career record holder for batting average (.313), walks (128), hit by pitch (89), career stolen bases (93) and on base percentage (.435).

WATCHING PETER MOONEY, OTHERS IN MINORS
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Another Can-Am League alumnus who deserves attention is infielder Peter Mooney (New Jersey '15) because he is playing regularly only one step below the majors in the Miami Marlins' organization. In the first seven games of the young 2017 season, while Mooney is only hitting .167 (4-for-24 with a home run), he has been in the lineup regularly at third base and hitting second in the order. His five walks bring his on-base average up to .310 for the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

CARDULLO EARNS BIG-LEAGUE JOB FOR ROCKIES AFTER SUPERB SPRING
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

"A lot of guys played well throughout the spring," new Colorado manager Bud Black told The Denver Post as the Cactus League season wound down. "But we just felt that the at-bats (Stephen) Cardullo was throwing up there, (plus) the right-handed bat component, as well as his ability to play the corner outfield position(s), as well as first base, it just made sense."

And so it went as former Rockland Boulders standout Cardullo went from non-roster invitee to the Opening Day 25-man roster for the Rockies.

DOMINICAN SQUAD TO TOUR CAN-AM LEAGUE IN 2017
Will replace South Korean team on regular-season schedule

Durham, N.C. -- Can-Am League clubs will each play a series against a national team from the Dominican Republic during the 2017 regular season, the league announced on Friday. Games against the Dominican team will replace South Korea's Yeoncheon Miracle, who encountered visa and travel issues in their preparations to come to North America, on the schedule.

COLABELLO CONTINUES SIZZLING SPRING FOR TRIBE
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Chris Colabello had a great game for the Cleveland Indians Sunday with two doubles and a three-run home run. The first baseman/outfielder is hitting .385 (15-for-39 through Monday) with five doubles, three homers and eight RBI plus a .467 on-base percentage. He also played for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

It seems likely the seven-year Can-Am vet, who was in camp as a non-roster player, will go back to Triple-A Columbus and be on standby unless he is dealt to another organization.

 
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