04/06/2017 2:27 PM
Four former South Florida Collegiate Baseball League standouts had the opportunity to make their Major League Baseball debuts during spring training 2017. Middle infielder Michael Paez, outfielder Cedric Mullins and right handed pitcher Marcus Crescentini were called up for multiple MLB spring training games as they have performed exceptionally well during their minor league stints. Mullins, a former outfielder for the Boca Raton Blazers and the 13th round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 2015 hit .273 with 14 HR’s in A ball last year for the Delmarva Shorebirds in the South Atlantic League. Mullins was able to hit .214 with 1 HR in 14 AB’s in Big League Spring Training. Heard through various sources, Orioles Manager Buck Showalter has taken to liking to Mullins and likes the way he plays.
Michael Paez, the 4th round pick of the of the New York Mets in the 2016 MLB draft hit .190 with 2 HR’s and 11 doubles form the Brooklyn Cyclones in the Class A New York-Penn League. Paez was a standout Shortstop for the Delray Beach Lightning and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. He will start the 2017 season out in the South Atlantic League for the Columbia Fireflies. A call up to the Grapefruit League was a huge feather in Paez’s cap as he was just drafted last year.
Former Delray Beach Lightning and Boca Raton Blazer Marcus Crescentini also had the opportunity to be called up this spring as he had excellent numbers in the South Atlantic League wielding a 1.48 ERA with 47 K’s in 30.1 innings. The hard throwing long reliever was the 26th round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers but has now signed a five year contract with the Miami Marlins. A strong 2017 spring training season landed Crescentini to work for the majority of the spring with the Marlins AA group.
Former Florida Pokers 1B and the 2015 16th round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays Christian Williams was also called up this spring. Williams hit .236 with 4 HR's and 10 doubles in the Northwest League last season for the Vancouver Canadians and will start the 2017 season back in Vancouver. Williams was a standout at Gulf Coast C.C. in Panama City, Florida.
The Big League seems to be on the horizon for these minor leaguers as they had a taste this spring and continually work their way through the minor league system.
For a full listing of SFCBL alumni selected in the Major League draft please click the following link: http://pointstreaksites.com/view/southfloridacollegiateleague/about-us-273/alumni-in-mlb
About the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League The 10 team South Florida Collegiate Baseball League is a wood bat summer collegiate baseball league based in the heart of South Florida which gives amateur players an opportunity to showcase themselves in hopes of reaching the professional ranks. Players have an opportunity to develop their skills at a high level of play and be evaluated by scouts. Teams play a 40 game regular season schedule with games beginning in June and ending in the last week in July. All games are 9 innings, with most doubleheaders scheduled on the weekends. The All-Star game is played in early July, and the League Championship Series concludes in the first week of August.
For more information please visit us online at www.southfloridacollegiateleague.com