NEW YORK – The beginning of September marked the end of the minor-league seasons for six former Columbia baseball standouts. Here’s a look at how they fared in the summer of 2017.
Dario Pizzano, who completed his fifth year in the Seattle Mariners organization, split the year between the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) and Arkansas Travelers (AA). The outfielder played 44 games with Tacoma and hit .229 with five homers, eight
David Speer took the hill 38 times for the Akron RubberDucks, an AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, and also was called up to appear in several games with the AAA Columbus Clippers. Speer was 2-3 with five saves and 47 strikeouts with Akron. In his four outings with Columbus, the left-hander did not allow a run in 6.1 innings pitched and earned a victory on June 16 after two scoreless frames.
Jordan Serena began the year in single-A Burlington, where he spent the 2016 season but was sent to the AA Mobile BayBears on June 28. While in Mobile, he went 3-for-9 with two doubles, a homer and two runs scored in a three-game stint. From there, Serena was assigned to advanced-A Inland Empire 66ers where he hit .228 with 28 runs, two
After beginning the year with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Will Savage was sent back to the Connecticut Tigers, where he spent his entire rookie season in 2016. The infielder finished with a .222 batting average and five stolen bases in 30 contests.
George Thanopoulos came out of the bullpen in eight contests for the Boise Hawks (
Robb Paller had two stints with independent league clubs. He started the year with the Lake Erie Crushers, where he saw action in 10 games, before catching on with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers in the United Shore Professional Baseball League. While there, he led the squad with a .356 batting average to go with six homers and 21 RBI in 29 regular season games. Paller recorded an on-base percentage of .548 and an OPS of 1.169.