Author: Gary Currier

Evil Empire Are Not Standing Pat

104 wins last season, .700+ winning percentage this season, 3 straight playoff appearances and on their way to a fourth and Syracuse is still making bold moves. Bold may be too calm of a word to use when describing the moves Syracuse has made within the past two weeks.  Former gold glove LF’er Michael Chavis, platoon power hitter Chad Kroger (#2 on the team in HRs) along with top prospects MR Alan...

Transaction News: Gomes and Johnson DFA’ed

The Syracuse Orange organization has announced it has designated for assignment two players today, one RP Josh Johnson and C Yan Gomes. Gomes who was mainly a platoon type player usually against left handed pitching has been with the organization since they were the Orem Owlz.  His best season was with the Owlz when he hit 12 home runs in only 280 at bats with an OPS of 811 in only 71 games.  Sinc...

Votto out and Kilpatrick in?

While Syracuse has 10 wins in their last 11 games rumors are circulating that Mr. 44 James “Ape” Kilpatrick will be getting called up and starting at Firstbase for the Syracuse Orange as they travel to Vallejo for a 3 game set. Nobody from the Syracuse organization has confirmed anything nor has Kilpatrick, but one of Kilpatrick’s old high school teammates posted a Tweet late in ...

Grape Ape? No, Orange Ape – Jim Kilpatrick and the Legendary #44

The number 44 may not mean much to people, but to the fans and the people of Syracuse sports the number 44 is sacred. “When we brought the Orem franchise to the Carrier Dome and Syracuse, we had a very difficult decision on whether to retire the number out of respect of Football and Basketball players who’ve worn it in the past or to carry the torch into another sport”, Orange ow...

Under the Radar: 1B Vic Johnson – Fort Lauderdale (SYR)

A lot is said throughout the media about prospects that scouts drool over, GMs covet, and fans get excited about.  1B Vic Johnson of the Syracuse organization is virtually unknown, and he shouldn’t be. Johnson who turns 22 years old early in the 2018 season has been dropping bombs at every stop he’s had in the minor leagues.  As a young 20 year old playing for single A he may not have ...

Down on the Farm – Fort Lauderdale Oranges Starting Rotation

Generation K, 2.0.  Back in 1995 the New York Mets of the defunct MLB had a talented group of young pitcher, Paul Wilson, Jason Isringhausen, and Bill Pulsipher were dubbed “Generation K”, the next big thing to hit Major League Baseball.    Well, that didn’t happen.  Wilson will probably be best known for being beaten and bloodied by Karl Farnsworth during a brawl.  PulsipherR...

How good is Syracuse’s Jordan Zimmerman?

7 starts, 1 win, 4 losses, 4.47 ERA. Those are his numbers since the big trade on July 25th bringing him to Upstate New York, pretty bad huh? GM Gary Currier doesn’t think so. “If you look inside the numbers he’s actually been quite good, there is luck involved” Sounds like a pretty optimistic GM if you ask me but let’s dig into the numbers a little bit. His BABIP is ...

Tyler Kolek Getting a Second Chance at Big League Stardom

When Tyler Kolek arrived via trade to the Syracuse Orange organization expectations were high. And they should be. The 6’5″ Kolek is a GM’s fantasy with his 101 mph fastball that seemingly makes batters hit the pitch into the ground if they’re able to make contact. After putting up solid numbers for a 20 year old in the closest level to the CBL Kolek was expected to put a l...

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