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Major League Baseball had quite the shopping spree, signing two independent league players from the Atlantic League, according to two recent press releases.
On May 28, Mike McClendon had his contract picked up the by the Colorado Rockies. McClendon isn’t a stranger to affiliated baseball.
He was drafted by the he Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft from Seminole Community College, and has spent over nine years in the minors. He did see some time in the majors with the Brewers between 2010 and 2012. In 35 big league games he’s 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA. After the Brewers granted him free agency, he was quickly snagged by the Colorado Rockies.
In 2013 he went 7-8 for the Rockies’ Triple A club. In 71.2 innings, he struck out 59 surrendering only two home runs. Again he was granted free agency, thus his journey with independent baseball began.
McClendon appeared in seven games for the Revolution, starting five. He went 2-2, and his 4.22 ERA is close to what he put up his last two seasons in Triple A.
Bridgeport Bluefish infielder, Cody Overbeck, signed with the San Diego Padres on Friday. Initial reports state that he will report to Double A San Antonio of the Texas League.
Just like McClendon, Overbeck has a wealth of experience and has had a brief stint in the indy leagues to garner the attention of scouts. In 32 games he’s batting .276 while slugging .528. Of his 34 hits, 17 were for extra bases; 10 doubles and seven big flies.
The Philadelphia Phillies drafted in the ninth round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Mississippi and almost immediately began to hit.
In seven professional seasons, Overbeck has shown power at every level. In three seasons at Triple A Lehigh Valley, he’s belted 39 home runs and driven in 162. According to MLB Draft Central, he’s a guy that may not look overly impressive, but has the knack to come up with big hits.
His tenure with the Bluefish has impressed many, including manager, Willie Upshaw.
“It was a pleasure to have Cody as a member of the Bluefish as he is a very talented ballplayer,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “We wish him the best of luck in his pursuit of playing Major League Baseball.”