Monday, April 8, 2013

Yevoli back in the fold

The Wild Things have re-signed a key member of their bullpen from last season. Left-handed pitcher Alfonso Yevoli will return to Washington for the 2013 Frontier League season that begins next month.

Yevoli was released by the Atlanta Braves at the end of spring training. He had his contract purchased by Atlanta during the offseason.

Last year, Yevoli had a 1-2 record and 2.62 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings for the Wild Things. Yevoli was scored upon in only one of his last 17 outings (21 IP, 11 hits, 2 walks, 24 strikeouts, 0.86 ERA).

“As an opponent, we hated to see Al trot out from the bullpen in the late innings. He carved up every opponent and he put up filthy numbers last season,” said new Wild Things manager Bart Zeller, who managed the Joliet Slammers for the last two years.

“We know he was disappointed to be released, but now our goal is to help him get back to affiliated baseball quickly. He will be a valuable asset in the late innings.”

Yevoli, a Palm Coast, Fla., native, pitched last spring for Tennessee Wesleyan, which won the 2012 NAIA World Series.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Swisscheda said...

And now Darian Sandford is returning as well. These additions, as well as the subtraction of the Bando Bunch, increase the chances of having a successful season.

April 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Yevoli is a solid reliever. Nice to get a lefty with some velocity in the bullpen too, assuming they make Smith a starter again.

Sandford would be useful if he could do more than just steal bases. His success rate needs to be better. With his speed, if he could produce some hits or cover center field a little better, teams at the next level might be looking at him as more than just an expanded roster replacement

Scout Finch

April 10, 2013 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to hear some optimism out of you Swiss. Now only if Fraud changed his tune.

-Brian

April 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM  

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