J.J. Cooper

Indy Notebook: New Northern League Manager Counting On Frontier Leaguers

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When Fran Riordan was hired by the expansion Lake County Cornbelters (Northern) in the offseason, it marked the end of an era. Riordan had either played of managed in the Frontier League since 1997, winning three league titles as a manager. But he hasn't forgotten his Frontier League roots, and he brought along a core of his final Kalamazoo Kings team to prove it. On Feb. 1, Riordan swung a 11-player swap with his old team to bring seven ex-Kings to Lake County.

Minors | #2010#Independent Audit

Paxton Will Pitch For AirHogs

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James Paxton will follow in Luke Hochevar, Max Scherzer and Aaron Crow's footsteps by becoming the fourth unsigned first-round or supplemental first-round pick in to pitch for a Texas-based American […]


Fuller Still Seeks A Turnaround

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Nick Fuller, the other player involved in the thefts with Lonnie Chisenhall, was a third-round pick of the Rays coming out of Kell High in suburban Atlanta in 2006. He turned down roughly $450,000 to play at South Carolina. Until the arrest, Fuller's career seemed to be going exactly as planned. He hadn't allowed a hit or run in his six appearances with the Gamecocks. But since then, his career has headed in the wrong direction.

Minors | #2010#Season Preview