WVC grads in the pros: Coughlin grad Ray Black makes MLB debut

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]
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Coughlin grad Ray Black made his big-league debut on July 8, pitching in relief for the San Francisco Giants.

After giving up three runs on a hit and two walks against the St. Louis Cardinals, Black came back in a big way on Tuesday, pitching a scoreless inning against the Chicago Cubs.

The right-hander struck out a pair in the appearance to lower his ERA to 20.25.

Tony Hernandez

The Hazleton Area grad retired on July 5. He pitched in three games for GCL Yankees East this season. He had a 11.25 ERA.

In two seasons as a pro, Hernandez secured a 5-7 record with a 4.29 ERA.

Jhordany Mezquita

The former Hazleton Area student pitched three scoreless innings Wednesday for Low-A Williamsport.

Despite walking five batters and giving up one hit, Mezquita didn’t surrender a run. He also struck out four batters.

Mezquita’s ERA is now down to 2.50 after four starts.

Sal Biasi

The Hazleton Area grad pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief for Single-A Lexington on Thursday.

Biasi did allow a hit and struck out a pair as he brought his season-long ERA down to 6.21.

Matt Wotherspoon

The Crestwood grad made his second straight start for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.

Wotherspoon pitched 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks. The right-hander did strike out a pair.

It’s been a struggling season for Wotherspoon, who boasts a 2-6 record and 4.78 ERA.

Mike Papi

The Tunkhannock grad hasn’t played in a game for Triple-A Columbus since June 29.

Papi was placed on the 7-day disabled list with left shoulder soreness on June 30, but is now on the active roster. He’s batting .263 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 20 RBI this season.


Hazleton Area alum Joey Baran has yet to been assigned to a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate after signing last month.


By DJ Eberle

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Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398 or on Twitter @ByDJEberle

Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398 or on Twitter @ByDJEberle