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Six former pitchers set to begin spring seasons in pro ball

Diamond will start opener for Triple-A Rochester, Augliera nails down starting role in Double-A

April 3, 2014


Six former pitchers set to begin spring seasons in pro ball

Mike Augliera

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Five former Binghamton pitchers will continue their professional careers in 2014, headed by Hall of Famer Scott Diamond, who is the Opening Day starter for Rochester, Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate. Diamond will take the hill this afternoon when the Red Wings face Buffalo. 

Joining Diamond in the minor league ranks are Murphy Smith (Oakland’s Double-A Midland), Mike Augliera (Boston’s Double-A Portland), Lee Sosa (Oakland’s Class-A Beloit) James Giulietti (Independent Wichita) and Greg Lane (Independent Camden).

Diamond,who has 19 career wins with the Twins, reported to Rochester after clearing waivers at the end of Spring Training. He narrowly lost out on a bid to claim Minnesota’s last starting spot in the rotation. Last season at Triple-A, Diamond went 4-0 in seven starts with a 2.93 ERA. In his last two seasons, Diamond is 8-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 12 starts with Rochester. He signed with the Atlanta Braves in 2007 and will be starting his seventh year of pro ball. Diamond won 12 games for the Twins in 2012 and was the organization’s “Pitcher of the Year.”

Smith will begin the 2014 season with Oakland’s Midland squad in the Double-A Texas League. A two-time all-star at Double-A, Smith seemed destined for a promotion to Triple-A to start 2014 but instead will be converted to the bullpen for the RockHounds, who start their season tonight. Smith went 9-8 with a 3.48 ERA last year at Midland. Oakland selected him in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He will begin his sixth year with the organization in 2014.

Augliera was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and is continuing a rapid rise in their organization. After going 9-6 with a 4.23 ERA for Single-A Salem in 2013, Augliera got moved up to Double-A Portland this spring. He will begin the season as the team’s No. 4 starter and is slated to start the Sea Dogs’ game on Sunday afternoon at Reading.

Sosa, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 26th round of the 2012 First-Player Draft, also earned a promotion this spring. After pitching for Vermont in the New York-Penn League in 2013, Sosa will begin the 2014 campaign in Beloit, Wis. The Single-A Snappers start their season tonight.

Giulietti is beginning his fourth year of professional ball with independent Wichita. He signed with the Wingnuts in August and helped them advance to the American Association championship series. Giulietti has 12 career wins and a 4.27 ERA in 61 pro appearances. Wichita opens on May 4. 

Lane is pitching his sixth year of independent ball. After spending the last two seasons with Newark of the Canadian-American Association, he signed with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League.

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