Catching Up With Albany Area Players In Major League Baseball
There are currently 3 players in Major League Baseball with Albany area ties. Two of them played for Section II high schools while another went to a local college.
Here’s an update on each with about a month left in the regular season.
Schenectady High School’s Casper Wells is a starting outfielder for the Seattle Mariners. Wells is hitting .247 with 10 homeruns and 26 RBIs. He went 0 for 3 in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over the LA Angels. Wells is currently in an 0 for 24 slump which has seen his average drop nearly 40 points – he was hitting .282 before the cold streak. Since being traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Mariners on July 30th, the 26-year old has 6 HRs and 14 RBIs.
Spa Catholic graduate Tim Stauffer is a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Stauffer is 8-11 with a 3.76 ERA. In his most recent outing, he was rocked for 7 runs over just 1 2/3 innings – his shortest outing of the season in an 8-5 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night. The right-hander gave up just one hit and but walked a career-high seven and struck out two. He walked 6-runs in one inning – a new Padres franchise record. The Saratoga native’s ERA jumped all the way from 3.42 to 3.76.
While John Lannan, a Siena graduate, is a starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals. Lannan is 8-11 with a 3.54 ERA. He’s lost four straight starts, but hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of the contests.
On Wednesday, Lannan gave up three runs – two earned – off seven hits in his seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He struck out six and issued one walk.