WMBL Feature

08/15/2017 7:12 AM -

WMBL Alumni Make History


Today  the Seattle Mariners became part of WMBL history. For the first-time in league history, two former members of the WMBL dressed for the same Major League team in a regular season game.

Andrew Albers (2004 Saskatoon Yellow Jackets) and Marco Gonzalez (2011 Saskatoon Yellow Jackets) will be a key part of the Seattle pitching staff as they continue their three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles. 
Albers, who was recently acquired from the Atlanta Braves organization, received the call up from the
Mariners AAA Tacoma farm team to start in game 2. Gonzalez is slated to pitch in the series finale on Wednesday. 
Rye Pothakos was a coach with the Yellow Jackets and had the pleasure of coaching both Albers and Gonzalez during their time in Saskatoon. 
“Even though they were very young men, both players carried them themselves like professionals when they were in Saskatoon,” said Pothakos. “They both had exceptional work ethics and you could see their talents at that time.”
The Saskatchewan born Albers had been brilliant with the Braves AAA team in Gwinnett, prior to the deal that sent him to Seattle.  He appeared in 26 games with a 12-3 record and a 1.15 WHIP. Over his Major League career, the lefty from North Battleford, SK has played in 17 games with Minnesota and Toronto. 
Gonzalez, a top prospect coming into this season, has appeared in three games in 2017 with St. Louis and Seattle.  Over his Major League career, Gonzalez has pitched in 14 games, starting nine.  
Pothakos takes pride in the fact that he played a small part in helping the two former WMBL players reach their dream of playing in the Majors. 
That number may increase as Adam Law, the son of former Major Leaguer Vance Law and grandson of Vern Law, the 1960 Cy Young Award winner, is playing for the Mariners AA team the Arkansas Travelers. Adam Law had a short stint with Saskatoon during the 2013 season before signing a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 
“It was sure nice to be around players of that caliber and any small way I helped them out feels good,” said Pothakos. 
Pothakos, who is now in player personnel with the Regina Red Sox, believes this type of positive exposure is good for the league and will help increase the profile of the WMBL. 

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
November 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
January 2015
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013