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Darin Mastroianni Up With Twins & Other Local MLB Notes

Darin Mastroianni only played one summer with the Saratoga Phillies, but it was a memorable one.

In 2006, Mastroianni helped the Phillies (now the Oneonta Outlaws, of the New York Collegiate Baseball League), win the 2006 NYCBL title.

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Mastroianni hit .348 (54-155), scored 32 runs and stole 17 bases, as the Phillies finished the regular season 26-14 and went 6-0 in the playoffs to win the league title, defeating the Allegany County Nitros.

Anyone who saw the way Mastroianni played the game, can’t be surprised that he’s made it to the bigs, where he is now playing in the outfield for the Minnesota Twins.

Mastroianni is struggling, hitting just .120 (3-25) entering play on Tuesday, but he will never be outhustled.

Mastrioanni, a native of Mt. Kisco, was drafted in 2007, by  Toronto, but played just one professional game for the Blue Jays before being claimed off waivers by Minnesota.

Another former Saratoga Phillies player making waves right now is Michael Fiers. The former Phillies pitcher is starting Wednesday evening for Milwaukee, when they take on the Dodgers, in Los Angeles.

Fiers was named NYCBL Pitcher of the Year, in 2007, when he finished 5-1 and struck out a league-high 68 batters.

Fires played in Saratoga with college teammate J.D. Martinez, who was one of Major League Baseball’s early-season surprises with the Houston Astros.

Fires and Martinez both attended Nova Southeastern University, in Florida.

While it’s good news for some players, who spent time playing in this area, Schenectady native Casper Wells found out last week that he was being sent down to Class-AAA Tacoma.

Wells hasn’t had much success this season, hitting just .213, with one home run.

He did hit a home run and two doubles in his first game for the Rainiers.

It also seems like it’s bad news for Wells’ South Troy Dodgers teammate and Saratoga Catholic grad Tim Stauffer, who is having a second opinion on his sprained right elbow.

For more on the local sports scene, follow me on twitter @AndrewSantillo and look for my articles in The Troy Record.

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