Case Finishes 2022 in Altoona

Iona Prep graduate Brad Case helped the Altoona Curve complete the second half of the 2022 season with a 38-30 record.

The Curve compete in the Eastern League and are the Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Case finished the season with a 1-3 record and 3.92 earned average. In 62 innings, he gave up 59 hits and 22 walks. He struck out 58 hitters.

Case was a 17th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALTOONA CURVE

LaSorsa Completes 2022 Season

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa and the Montgomery Biscuits reached the semifinals of the Southern League playoffs where it lost to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

The Biscuits are the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Blue Wahoos are the Class AA affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

LaSorsa, 24, finished the season with a 7-3 record, 2.33 earned run average and eight saves. In 73 ⅓ innings, he struck out 87 hitters.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. John’s University, and pitched for the Hudson Valley Renegades in Fishkill during the 2019 season.

Weissert Sent to Scranton

The New York Yankees announced after Wednesday’s victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that pitcher Greg Weissert was sent down to its Class AAA affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Weissert, who pitched at Fordham University in the Bronx, pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday’s 14-2 victory for the Yankees.

In his last seven outings, the 27 year old was 2-0 with a 1.80 earned run average, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out three in five innings.

Since joining the Yankees in August, Weissert was 3-0 with a 6.10 ERA. In 10 1/3 innings over 11 games, he struck out 10.

Weissert was an 18th-round pick of the Yankees out of Fordham in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.

Velazquez Out for Season

Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez played his final game of the 2022 season after the Los Angeles Angels placed the shortstop on the 60-day injured list on Saturday.

Velazquez suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee on Tuesday and was originally placed on the 10-day injured list. The Angels placed him on the 60-day injured list to create a spot on the 40-man roster.

The 28 year old finished the season with a .196 batting average, nine home runs, 28 RBI, 37 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. He had a .979 fielding percentage.

The Angels claimed Velazquez off waivers from the New York Yankees following the 2021 season and started the 2022 season with the Salt Lake Bees, the Class AAA affiliate of the Angels. Velazquez was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

PHOTO COURTESY OF LOS ANGELES ANGELS

Moran Still in Salt Lake

Iona Prep graduate Brian Moran is still pitching in the Los Angeles Angels organization as a member of the Salt Lake Bees.

The 33 year old is 5-2 with a 3.35 earned run average for the Bees, the Class AAA affiliate of the Angels. In 45 2/3 innings, Moran has given up 41 hits and struck out 49.

Moran was a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. His younger brother, Colin, is an infielder for the Cincinnati Reds.

Padilla Joins Charlotte Knights

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Nick Padilla is now a member of the Chicago White Sox organization.

The 25 year old is pitching with the Charlotte Knights, the Class AAA affiliate of the White Sox.

Padilla, who started the season in the Chicago Cubs organization, joined the Knights on Sept. 9.

The Knights are the fifth team for Padilla in 2022. He started the season in Class A with the South Bend Cubs, going 1-0 with a 1.80 earned run average and 18 strikeouts in 10 innings. He was assigned to the Class AA Tennessee Smokies on May 10 and finished 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. Padilla joined the Iowa Cubs on July 22 and was 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. He was a member of the Chicago Cubs for one game in August and allowed an earned run in 1 2/3 innings.

Padilla was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 13th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. The 1994 graduate of Cardinal Spellman played one season at Grayson Community College in Denison, Texas, before being drafted.

In 2017, he was 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA for the Hudson Valley Renegades, which at the time was the Class A short-season affiliate of the Rays the New York-Penn League.

The Knights began a six-game series tonight in Norfolk.

Strong Month for LaSorsa

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa is off to a strong start in September for the Montgomery Biscuits.

The left-handed pitcher has not allowed an earned run in his first four outings, allowing one hit and one walk over 5 1/3 innings for the Biscuits, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He struck out five.

For the season, he’s 3-0 with a 3.45 earned run average and one save at Montgomery. In 31 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 25 hits, 12 earned runs, three walks and struck out 29.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

The Biscuits open a six-game series with the Mississippi Braves tonight in Mississippi.

Varvaro Dies in Car Accident Driving to Ceremony at 9/11 Memorial

Friends and family on Staten Island are mourning and remembering the life of Anthony Varvaro, who voluntarily retired from baseball to serve as a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Varvaro died Sunday in a car accident while he was heading to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan for the ceremony remembering the victims of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. He was 37.

A graduate of Curtis High School who later pitched at St. John’s University, Varvaro married his wife Kerry Thomson, also a graduate of Curtis High School, at Sacred Heart Church on Staten Island. The couple was married by Father Louis Jerome.

Varvaro is survived by his wife and their four children.

Varvaro was a 12th-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. He pitched six seasons in the major leagues with the Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox, finishing his career with a 7-9 record and a 3.23 earned run average. He pitched in 166 games, all in relief, and struck out 150 in 183 ⅔ innings.

Win No. 3 for Weissert

Greg Weissert earned his third victory of the season in leading the New York Yankees to 5-4 win in 12 innings over the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

Weissert, who pitched at Fordham University in the Bronx, retired the final two hitters of the 12th inning in the doubleheader opener.

Weissert is now 3-0 with nine strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Two of his wins came in the current series versus the Twins.

Weissert earned the opportunity with the Yankees after going 2-1 with 18 saves and a 1.76 ERA in 40 games at Scranton, the Class AAA affiliate of the Yankees. In 46 innings, he struck out 67 opponents.

Weissert, who grew up on Long Island, was an 18th round pick of the Yankees in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.

Weissert Earns 2nd Win with Yanks

Greg Weissert picked up his second victory of the season, helping the New York Yankees to a 5-2 Labor Day win over the Minnesota Twins.

Pitching for the first time in Yankee Stadium, the Fordham University product struck out two and allowed no runs on zero hits in 1 ⅓ innings of relief.

His Yankee Stadium debut followed a rough outing in Tampa where he allowed three earned runs on three hits in one inning.

Weissert is 2-0 with nine strikeouts in 6 ⅔ innings since joining the Yankees on the recent road trip.

Weissert earned the opportunity with the Yankees after going 2-1 with 18 saves and a 1.76 ERA in 40 games at Scranton, the Class AAA affiliate of the Yankees. In 46 innings, he struck out 67 opponents.

Weissert, who grew up on Long Island, was an 18th round pick of the Yankees in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.