The Albany Dutchmen kick-off their fifth season on Wednesday, June 4th against the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs at Bellizzi Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05pm.

(Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
The Dutchmen look to make a return trip to the PGCBL playoffs behind 2013 PGCBL Coach of the Year Nick Davey. Last season the Dutchmen fell in game three of the semi-finals to the eventual champion, Amsterdam Mohawks.

Dutchmen Head Coach, Nick Davey (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
Like many college summer league teams the Dutchmen don't have many returning players from their previous years roster. In fact the Dutchmen only have two, Jose Hernandez from Dean College, and Nick Morton from Trinity University (TX). While there may be new faces, the same fundamentals and intensity will be exhibited with Nick Davey at the helm.

Jose Hernandez is one of only two returning players from the Dutchmen 2013 roster (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
One of the more interesting players I'm excited to see play this season is Reid Matthews from Coastal Carolina University.  Matthews was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round (1,052nd overall) of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Dobyns-Bennett HS (Kingsport, TN). Instead of signing with the Pirates organization that season he opted to go to college, where he attended Walters State Community College (TN) for two seasons. He eventually transferred to Coastal Carolina but saw limited action in 2014. Matthews will get a chance him to play every day in Albany, so it will be interesting to see how good he can be.

Reid Matthews in 2012 at Walters State Community College (Photo Credit/Adam Brimer, News Sentinel)
It's hard to judge what players will have the most impact for the Dutchmen this season since they all come from different colleges and universities across the country. However, it's amazing to see these plaers come together on the field. That for me is the most amazing to watch.

This should be another amazing season and hopefully another step towards a championship.

Check back here throughout the season as I'll be posting pictures of various games.
The Long Island Ducks announced today that they have signed former major league infielder Brendan Harris.

The Queensbury, NY native was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 5th round (138th overall) of the 2001 MLB Draft  out of the College of William & Mary.

He played in 529 games over his eight year major league career with the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

He compiled a .256 batting average with 33 home runs,  and 167 RBI during his time in the big leagues.

Last season he played in 44 games for the Angels where he hit .206 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI. He was eventually designated for assignment by the Angels, but elected free agency instead. He finished the 2013 season playing a handful of games at the Triple-A level for the Yankees, Rangers and Dodgers organizations.

by Corey Mansfield

I was talking to my father this weekend and he was shocked when I told him that I felt the Mets should trade Dillon Gee for either a shortstop or first baseman. I've got the same reaction from other Mets' fans I've talked to about this.

(Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
Here's why I would trade Dillon Gee...

With all the young arms coming up from the minor leagues over the next few months someone is going to get bumped from the starting rotation. Also, once Matt Harvey returns he'll occupy another spot in the rotation (probably next season). There just isn't enough room for everyone.

Dillon Gee has had a pretty incredible run over the last few games of last season and his first few this season. He's pitched well beyond what his career stats indicate. I don't think Gee's stock is going to get much higher than it is now. The Mets need to deal him now while his stock is at the highest. If the Mets packaged him with a couple prospect they could land a solid shortstop or first baseman.

I like Dillon Gee and I think he's a solid pitcher but fans need to be realistic and understand the Mets have more pitching then they do hitters. It makes sense to trade a pitcher to acquire game changing offensive player.

(Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
I follow so many teams through out the baseball season that I always miss something special going on. Right now former Tri-City ValleyCat, Tony Kemp is off to incredible start for the Lancaster JetHawks of California League (Advanced-A)

A fifth round pick (137th overall) of the Houston Astros in the 2013 MLB Draft, Kemp is currently hitting .368 with two home runs, 19 RBI, 12 stolen bases and on-base percentage of .462.

Kemp dropped in the 2013 draft mostly due to his size (5'6" and 165lbs), however he is proving his critics wrong.

Last year, I got a change to see him play first hand and I compare him to a smaller Jimmy Rollins. He's a solid lead off hitter who gets on base, makes things happen, but can drive in runs as well as some occasional power.

It's still early in the season but it's great to see a former ValleyCat having so much success. He's definitely someone to watch as the season progresses.
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