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District 2‚??s Presence in the Minor Leagues

February 16. 2013 3:49PM

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Russ Canzler, Hazleton Area, Columbus (Cleveland, Triple-A): A grad from Hazleton Area, the 26-year-old is showing played in his old stomping grounds last week when he visited Durham.

In two games, he went 2-for-5 with a home run. Last year playing for the Bulls, he won the International League MVP award.

After a slow start to this season, he's now batting .263 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI for the Clippers. He also has 28 doubles, two triples and a .332 on-base percentage. As baseball goes, he's in a mild slump over his last 10 games batting just .158 (6-for-38).

Kyle Landis, Hazleton Area, Akron (Cleveland, Double-A): An 18th-round pick by the Indians in 2007, the right-handed reliever seems to be back on track after a few rough outings allowing no runs and just two hits in his last three appearances.

For the season, he still has solid numbers for the Aeros, with a 3.64 ERA in 35 games while striking out 47 in 54 1/3 innings and posting a 6-4 record with two saves.

Cory Spangenberg, Abington Heights, Lake Elsinore (San Diego, Class A advanced): The 10th overall pick in 2011 by the Padres returned from the disabled list two weeks ago after missing more than a month with a head injury.

For the season, he's batting .286 with one home run, 35 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 309 attempts, to go along with six triples, 11 doubles and 44 runs in 77 games.

Ray Black, Coughlin, San Francisco (TBA): A power pitcher, Black, 22, had shoulder surgery two weeks ago and recovery time is a year. He hasn't pitched competitively since signing with the Giants.

The seventh-round draft pick (237th overall) out of the University of Pittsburgh last June is ranked the No. 24 overall prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America, and has been known to reach in the high 90s with his fastball. He is also listed as an "Under the Radar" player for the organization, according to

Rich Thompson, Montrose, Durham (Tampa Bay, Triple-A): A 33-year-old speedy outfielder, he is streaking over his last 20 games hitting .317 (26-for-82) to raise his average on the season up to .321. The average goes with two homers, 18 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 47 games since being sent to the Bulls.

Last month, he was traded to Tampa from the Phillies and was immediately called up to the big leagues.

Kyle McMyne, Old Forge, Bakersfield (Cincinnati, Class A Advanced): The right-handed reliever continues to be in a little slump giving up a run in six of his last 10 appearances. In the outings, he's allowed 10 runs in 10 innings as his ERA for the season rose to 5.34. But he's saved two games in his last three.

Taken by the Reds in the fourth round (145th overall) of last year's draft, his season numbers are a 2-2 record with six saves and 26 punch-outs in 32 innings.


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