Jacobo’s extra-inning blast lifts Barnstormer’s to title
By Devon Teeple
Gabe Jacobo, a veteran of seven minor league seasons, hit the game-winning home run in the 12th inning (his second of the game) to propel the Lancaster Barnstormers to their second Atlantic League Championship.
Jacobo, 27, who spent the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Angels organization and the last three with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, has been grinding out a very solid career.
He has never advanced past Double A, but sports a career .285 average and 84 career home runs. Before joining the Barnstormers, his first experience in independent baseball, the former 10th round pick out of California State University Sacramento, hit .146 in 35 games for the Jays’ Double A affiliate, New Hampshire, his third season in the Jays system.
Last year he hit .315 with an .884 OPS in with 21 doubles, a triple, 11 homers and 55 RBIs in 78 games at class-A Dunedin (46) and New Hampshire (32).
After three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, he spent the 2012 season with the Jays hitting .335 with a .924 OPS with 25 doubles, eight homers and 40 RBIs in 71 games. He spent time with the rookie-class Gulf Coast Jays (five games), Dunedin (31) and New Hampshire (25).
Brock Kjeldgaard, 28 (London, Ont.) hit .223 with a .718 OPS hitting four doubles, two triples, 13 homers and 30 RBIs in 67 games. He had begun the season in the Milwaukee Brewers system hitting .176 with a homer and eight RBIs. He finished with the (.358, 3, 15) Sioux City Explorers hitting .358 with three homers and 15 RBIs.
Former Jays with the Barnstormers were outfielders Bobby Kielty, Ben Francisco and Fred Lewis.
Former big leaguers Brett Carroll, Cole Garner, Greg Golson, Jerry Owens and Lance Zawadzki also spent time with Lancaster, as did pitchers Chad Beck, Zach Braddock, Tim Dillard, Cody Eppley, Fu-Te Ni, Scott Patterson, Mark Rogers, Chris Schwinden and Cory Wade.
These former Indy pitchers are legit
Independent baseball guru, Bob Wirz, put together a nice compilation of former independent league pitchers, who are now in the Major Leagues (as of Sept. 24, 2014). The list highlights the total number of wins by each pitcher. In all, 91 wins were contributed by these former indy standouts. Detroit Tigers ace, Max Scherzer, leads the group with 18. Washington Nationals’ Tanner Roark and Scott Kazmir, who was all but forgotten by the baseball world a couple years ago, rounds out the top three with 15 wins each.