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WATCH: Minor League Pitcher Records Strikeout With One Pitch

Crazy stuff goes on at baseball games all the time, but last Thursday a minor league game was the site of something extaordinary--a one pitch strike strikeout. Nick Tropeano, the pitcher for Corpus Christi, threw what ended up being a called strike to Midland's Vinnie Catricala. Vinnie argued..and argued...and argued some more. As it turns out, an umpire is allowed to assess...
Via FatManWriting
August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Baseball Player Strikes Out on One Pitch, Records Rare Feat in Double-A Game (Video)

A minor league pitcher recorded the easiest out of his career Thursday night, striking out Vinnie Catricala of the Midland RockHounds on only one pitch. Catricala took the first pitch of his at-bat from Corpus Christi Hooks pitcher Nick Tropeano for a strike, argued for a couple moments with home plate umpire Ron Teague, and then stepped out of the batter’s box. Teague thought...
August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Athletics Trade For Local Prospect

Vinnie Catricala is heading home! The Sacramento native was sent from the Seattle Mariners to the Oakland Athletics this morning in exchange for a player to be named. No note on where Catricalla will be sent, but he was batting .253 in the Southern League (Double-A), so you can only expect he’d play for the Midland Rockhounds once assigned. 22 year old, Catricala was ranked 12th...
Via Valley Bay News
June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

SeattleClubhouse: Minor League Mailbag

In this, our second edition of the SeattleClubhouse: Minor League Mailbag (Week of February 11th, 2013), we talk about where certain prospects will fit in the near future, welcome newly acquired Abraham Almonte, and address Vinnie Catricala's 2012 season.
February 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Arizona Fall League Breakdown: Peoria Javelinas

Tentative rosters for the Arizona Fall League were released on Aug. 29. The fall developmental league is designed to help prospects received extra seasoning and coaching at the conclusion of the minor league season. Each organization contributes players to the six-team league. The league typically shifts in favor of the hitters because teams are generally reluctant to assign top...
Via Fangraphs
September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Mariners prospect Vinnie Catricala working on defense, but it's his bat that will get him to the majors

Third baseman Vinnie Catricala was the Mariners' minor league player of the year last season, tearing up Class A and AA pitching. He says he's working on his defense now.
Via Seattle Times
February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Watch Mariners prospect Vinnie Catricala take batting practice

Our earlier post talked about Mariners third base prospect Vinnie Catricala and his lethal bat. Now, you can see it in action in the batting cage moments ago. Among those standing next to the cage are Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln and special front office assistant Ted Simmons. Read more...
Via Seattle Times
February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

"Perfectionist" Vinnie Catricala plans to bring 3B defense up to speed

Chatted this morning with Vinnie Catricala, who you can see at the front of the photo above on the right-hand side next to Blake Beavan. Catricala was the team's minor league player of the year last season after destroying the Class A and AA ranks with his bat. The only thing missing from Catricala's game was his defense at third base. Catricala told me he's "a perfectionist...
Via Seattle Times
February 16, 2012  |  Discuss
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