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SCRAPPERS NOTEBOOK From Cafaro Field



Published: Mon, August 12, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



New face: Shortstop Eider Torres has been added to the Scrappers' roster. A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Torres, 19, was brought up from Rookie League Burlington (N.C.). He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2000. He spent the last two seasons in the Venezuelan League. Scrappers manager Chris Bando called Torres one of the top five prospects in the Cleveland Indians farm system. "He's a very exciting ball player. You're going to like what you see," Bando said. "He's a switch hitter who can run and get on base and bunt. He's going to fit in nicely and be a good addition to the club." Torres takes the roster spot of outfielder Jonathan Van Every, who was promoted to Class A Columbus (Ga.). Van Every batted .257 with six home runs and 26 RBIs while with the Scrappers. "JV was playing great baseball, but it gives these other guys, it gives Hose [Gomez], a chance to see what he can do," Bando said.

Without Wright: Bando's wish list includes getting outfielder Brian Wright back into the lineup. Wright, who is batting .295 with four home runs and 30 RBIs, is listed as day-to-day after pulling an oblique muscle while checking his swing Aug. 7 at Jamestown. Bando said he doesn't want to rush Wright's return.

By the numbers: Left-hander Victor Kleine won his sixth game of the season Saturday night, moving him into a tie for second place in the New York-Penn League with Nicholas Gravelle and Josh Shortslef of Williamsport and Carlos Cabrera of Batavia. Oneonta's Rikki Johnston leads the league with eight wins.

Promotion: Russ Adams, the Toronto Blue Jays' first pick in the June draft, has been playing at Class A Dunedin of the Florida State League for about a month. Adams, an infielder, started the season at Auburn and still stands third in the New York-Penn League in batting (.354). He was batting .233 in 20 games at Dunedin.

Technical difficulties -- again: For the second straight day, the Scrappers promotions department had trouble with its field microphone shorting out. The problem Sunday occurred mostly during the national anthem. With the microphone shorting out during the anthem, fans began to sing in the background to aid the singer. The shorts continued throughout the anthem, with the singer waving his arms to fans at the end in a show of appreciation.

Prep prizes: Four area high school athletes, standouts on the diamond, were presented with $1,000 scholarships by the Mahoning Valley Professional Baseball Association prior to the game. The recent graduates honored were Warren Harding High's Leigh Carlson (St. John's), South Range's Jim Sanders (Johns Hopkins), Warren JFK's Chris Macali (Wake Forest) and Maplewood's Christen Clemson (Penn State).

High mark: The announced crowd of 6,336 was the biggest for a Scrappers home game this season. The previous high was 6,047 Aug. 2 against the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

-- Brian Richesson




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