Fordham Baseball in the Minor Leagues
June 6, 2012
Bronx, N.Y. - As college play is winding down, Minor League Baseball season is hitting mid-season, and four former Rams are making waves, as Cory Riordan, Angelo Ponte, Nick Martinez, and Mike Mobbs continue their journey in professional baseball.
Here's an update on each player:
Cory Riordan - P - Tulsa Drillers (AA)/Colorado Sky Sox (AAA) - Colorado Rockies: Riordan is in his sixth season in the Colorado Rockies minor league system, his third with the Texas League's Tulsa Drillers. Primarily a starter in his first two seasons (46 starts in 54 appearances), he has moved to the bullpen in 2012, making 12 appearances with a 2-1 record, a 4.43 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched.
Last season, Riordan was called up to the Triple-A affiliate of the Rockies, the Colorado Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League, for one start, throwing seven innings in a no-decision, and so far in 2012, he repeated that call-up in late May, tossing four innings in a no-decision.
Ponte has only appeared in one game this season for Chattanooga. On May 21st against the Huntsville Stars, he collected one hit and a walk in six plate appearances. The former Fordham Ram played in four total games last season between Chattanooga, Ogden, and the AZL Dodgers.
On June 5, Martinez, along with four of his teammates, was selected to the 2012 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be held on June 19th at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, South Carolina. Through games of June 4th, he has posted a 2-1 record with one save and a 3.93 ERA in 14 outings, including three starts. The native of Miami, Florida, began the season as a reliever before transitioning to the starting role as of late. In 34.1 total innings of work, he has struck out 40 batters, while only issuing 10 walks.
Mike Mobbs - OF - Windy City Thunderbolts (Frontier League) - Independent: After a successful first season with the Normal Cornbelters, Mobbs was traded to the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Independent Frontier League in February 2012, and signed on for the current season.
With Normal in 2011, Mobbs hit .288 over 72 games with 17 doubles, seven home runs, and 35 RBI, while posting 36 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. So far this season, he has appeared in 12 of 14 games for Windy City, hitting .180 (9-50) with five runs scored, a double, and three RBI.