Kyle Petty Selected for High A All-Star Team
June 21, 2016

Kyle Petty (California U of PA, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected to the California League All-Star team after hitting .327 with ten home runs for the Seattle Mariners' High A Bakersfield affiliate.

He won the California vs. Carolina League Home Run Derby aboard the USS Midway in San Diego with 22 home runs into the Pacific Ocean.

4 Former Catz Among 13 ACBL Players Drafted
June 12, 2016
Photos Courtesy of Auburn University Athletic Department

Joshua Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) was drafted in the fourth round (No.132 overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The junior outfielder hit .385 for Auburn after transferring from San Jacinto College.

Former Tide teammate, Matt Festa (East Stroudsburg, Staten Island Tide) was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Mariners. Festa was a senior RHP for the Warriors and a First Team Atlantic Region Selection.

A list of the dozen plus players selected in the recent draft is presented below.

Joshua Palacios Auburn, Staten Island Tide OF 4th Round Toronto Blue Jays
Matt Festa East Stroudsburg, Staten Island Tide RHP 7th Round Seattle Mariners
Alex Kowalczyk Pitt, Quakertown Blazers C 12th Round Texas Rangers
Justin Valdespina Univ Southern NH, North Jersey Eagles RHP 15th Round Colorado Rockies
Matt Swarmer Kutztown, Allentown Railers RHP 19th Round Chicago Cubs
Robert Bennie East Stroudsburg, Allentown, Lehigh Valley Catz OF 24th Round Oakland A's
Anthony Ciavarella Monmouth, Lehigh Valley Catz LHP 24th Round St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Garzillo Lehigh, Lehigh Valley Catz 2B 25th Round Miami Marlins
Derek Jenkins Seton Hall, Lehigh Valley Catz OF 26th Round Los Angeles Angels
Trevor Simms Tulane, Shelter Island RHP 32nd Round Arizona Diamondbacks
Robert Galligan Maryland, North Fork LHP 36th Round Arizona Diamondbacks
Joe Venturino Ramapo, Staten Island Tide 2B 36th Round Seattle Mariners
Brett Bittiger Pace, Allentown Railers 2B 40th Round Oakland A's

Zach Lutz signs with Marlins, Kyle Petty Australian Baseball HR Champ
February 6, 2016

 Photo courtesy of MILB
Zach Lutz (Alvernia, Kutztown Rockies) recently signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

Lutz has been assigned to the Marlins AAA affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Lutz played briefly with the New York Mets in 2012-13. This past season he saw action at first and third base for the Mets' AAA affiliate Las Vegas.

RHP Kyle McGowin (Savannah State, Sag Harbor Whalers) was named a non-roster invitee to spring training with the Los Angeles Angels.

McGowin was a fifth round selection of the Angels in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.

Two former ACBL players in the Seattle Mariners system recently completed outstanding seasons in the Australian Baseball League.

First baseman Kyle Petty (California Univ. of Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Catz) won the home run title with 14 and hit .317 with 44 RBIs in 55 games.

RHP Kodi Kerski (Sacred Heart, North Fork Osprey) collected 11 saves, second most in the ABL, with 23 strikeouts and six walks in 25 innings.

DiFazio and Gorski sign free agent contracts with MLB organizations
January 26, 2016

In recent minor league transactions catcher Vinny DiFazio (Univ. of Alabama, Quakertown Blazers) signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers while LHP Darin Gorski (Kutztown Univ., Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown Rockies) signed with the Washington Nationals.

Vinny DiFazioDarin GorskiDiFazio was named Player of the Year in the independent American Association while hitting .361 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. The All-Star catcher led the St. Paul Saints to a 74-26 record and was in the running for the triple crown.

Gorski had a New York Mets organization leading 27 starts for Las Vegas in the AAA Pacific Coast League. He posted a 10-8 record while striking out 108 in 137 innings with a 5.52 ERA.

Veteran LHP John Lannan (Siena, Long Island Collegians) signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals after going 6-10 with 25 starts and 152 innings for the Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Swarmer tops ACBL awards and named All-American
August 21, 2015
Matt SwarmerMatt Swarmer (Kutztown University, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) was the unanimous selection for both the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award and the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

The 6-5 RHP went 8-0 in the regular season with a 0.55 ERA in nine starts. He put up an astonishing 89 strikeouts with only three walks in 65 innings in the regular season. The rising senior at Kutztown University then pitched the Allentown Railers to the 2015 ACBL Championship by going 2-0 in the playoffs with 19 strikeouts and just one walk in 17.1 innings while allowing only one earned run.

Swarmer was also recognized nationally as he was named as a first team starter on the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-American team.

Justin Cassinelli (Susquehanna, Staten Island Tide, 2015) won the ACBL Hitting and Slugging Award. The rising junior hit .386 with a .627 slugging average.

Kyle McKelvy (Widener, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) was named Relief Pitcher of the Year after posting five saves.

Meet the 2015 Catz All-Stars
July 24, 2015

The 2015 LV Catz All-Star Team Members

The 2015 Lehigh Valley Catz All-Stars take a photo prior to the ACBL All-Star game on Thursday July 23, 2015.

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