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“The Shit Show” Pecos League – Where Are They Now?

Last month, I wrote a post about the Pecos League and their reality show. https://indyballisland.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/the-shit-show-the-pecos-league-and-reality-tv/

The show itself follows the 2013 Trinidad Triggers, including 7 players who are featured extensively. My original post was very well received, and I began getting requests to do a follow-up of the players from the show. Below is a recap of what these guys have done since the show and their time with the Triggers ended.

Tony Smith (P) played in the Frontier League during the 2014 season. He was a huge part of the championship winning team, the Schaumburg Boomers.  In 24 regular season appearances (6 starts), he finished with a 6-2 record and 3.28 ERA. He also appeared in 4 of the Boomers’ post season games. This offseason, Tony is back home in Twentynine Palms, CA coaching, working, and playing slow pitch softball. He does plan on returning to Schaumburg for the 2015 Frontier League. season.

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Frank Florio (OF) also spent the 2014 season in the Frontier League playing with the league’s travel team, the Frontier Greys. In 62 games, Frank batted .233 with 8 HRs and 32 RBIs .  While he is still unsure about baseball, he is currently studying to take the LSAT for admission into law school.

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Sam DiMatteo (OF) had surgery on his elbow after the 2013 season that required rehabbing during the winter and beginning of 2014 season.  After recovering, Sam joined the Fort Worth Cats in the United League at the end of June. In 38 games, he finished with a .293 average.  He is spending the offseason back home in Pittsburgh where is he is a baseball instructor.

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Jacob Fabry (OF) also moved on from the Pecos League and played in the United League in 2014.  Jacob had a great season with the Grande Valley White Wings.  In 72 games, he batted .322 with 28 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

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Richie Serritella (C,1B, 3B, P) was traded to the Les Rochelle Boucaniers in France for the 2014 season. He had an amazing season topping every offensive hitting category. He won the league batting title (.584 avg – 84 points higher than anyone else), was named the “Hitter of the Year” and also led the league in slugging percentage (1.000), on-base percentage (.640), runs scored (39), hits (45), and RBIs (42). He also stole 26 bases in 28 attempts.  On the mound, he pitched 15.1 innings, had a 1.76 ERA (2nd on the team) and struck out 22 batters. Richie is looking to play baseball closer to home for the 2015 season.

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Andrew Azzopardi (C,Utility) spent 2014 with the Tiffin Saints of The Independent Baseball League as both a player and as an assistant coach.  Since the season ended, Andrew has retired from baseball.  Now, he is still coaching while looking to open up a baseball academy in Ohio where he currently lives with his girlfriend.

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John Sullivan (P) retired from baseball after the 2013 season with the Triggers.  He is now (recently) married and living back in North Carolina.  John is still pursing his music dreams and plays small shows throughout the Charlotte, NC area.  He was also invited to sing the National Anthem before the UNCC football home opener this season.  You can check out his music here: http://www.reverbnation.com/johnsullivanjr?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav

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Pirates Sign Chris Peacock from the American Association

The Pirates recently signed pitcher Chris Peacock from the American Association. This league just so happens to be the same one that John Holdzkom was found in during the season.  So… a pitcher from the independent American Association signed by the Pirates? Sounds like the beginnings of a familiar story, but that is where the similarities stop.

John Holdzkom was in the independent ranks to REVIVE his career after a few chances in affiliated ball. On the other hand, Chris Peacock was in the independent ranks to HAVE a career.  He has never been drafted or played in any level of affiliated ball.  That is what makes the signing of Peacock so interesting. It is a signing that may be surprising to most, but it is very low risk with high potential. This is exactly what teams are trying to accomplish when scouting independent leagues.

Chris Peacock’s baseball resume takes a trip through four different independent leagues with six different teams in a span of only three seasons. If this blog had a poster boy for Independent League travels, Chris would be it.
He started his college career at Faulkner State CC then transferred to the University of Mobile. After graduating from the University of Mobile in 2011, he started his professional baseball career in 2012 with the now defunct North American Baseball League. His first stop was with the Abilene Prairie Dogs. After only two appearances, he was traded to the San Angelo Colts. But after two shaky performances with the Colts, he was released.

After his short stint in the North American Baseball League, Chris turned to the Pecos League where he landed with the Las Cruces Vaqueros to finish out the 2012 season. He made 10 appearances (9 Starts including 1 Complete Game) for the Vaqueros while compiling a 4.31 ERA. Next season, he stayed in the Pecos league for the entire season, but this time with the White Sands Pupfish. He appeared in 19 games, 9 of them starts, with a record of 4-2 and a 7.65 ERA.

Chris started 2014 in the United League with the Rio Grande Valley White Wings. Here he turned his career around while working strictly out of the bullpen on his way to two championship rings. In 30 appearances, he compiled a 5-2 record and a 2.27 ERA for the ULB champions. This was enough to get him noticed by the American Association. Chris joined the Wichita Wingnuts at the height of their post season push in August. He finished out the regular season with 6 appearances in relief and a 2-0 record. In the post season, he pitched in four of the six playoff games with a 2.70 ERA for the AA Championship winning team.

On October 11th, Chris finally left Indy Ball Island when the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased his contract. He is the third pitcher that the Pirates have signed from the American Association this year. John Holdzkom (who finished the season with the big league team) and Matt Nevarez (who finished in AA Altoona) also had their contracts purchased.

Will Chris build off his 2014 season and make the most of his first shot at affiliated ball? Can he pitch well enough to stay off of Indy Ball Island? Only time will tell, but it should be an interesting story to follow!