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Quiroz, Rios Represent Ravens at All-Star Futures Game

July 14, 2003 - Eastern League (EL1)
New Haven Ravens News Release


New Haven Ravens catcher Guillermo Quiroz and outfielder Alexis Rios both took part in Major League Baseball's All-Star Futures game on July 13. The game pits the best prospects in the Minor Leagues against each other. Quiroz (Venezuela) and Rios (Puerto Rico) both played for the World Team, which lost 3-2 to the US Team. Rios went 1-for-3 with a solo homerun off of Mariners prospect Clint Nageotte. Quiroz was 0-for-2. The two players were both placed on the temporary inactive list to allow them to travel to Chicago for the game; they returned to the Ravens on July 14. Catchers Erik Kratz (Auburn) and Jose Umbria (Dunedin), who had joined the Ravens while Quiroz and Rios were away, were sent back to make room for the returning stars.

Rios Featured on MLB.com's All-Star Futures Page

Quiroz in Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun reporter Bob Elliott took note of Ravens catcher Guillermo Quiroz in a recent column, noting:

"It was quite a spring morning at the Bobby Mattick training facility in Dunedin when the catchers began to hit. First Kevin Cash, 25, and then Guillermo Quiroz, 21, began to pepper the wall of the clubhouse beyond the fence in left-centre with home-run balls. "You watch," a Jays official said, "Quiroz could blow right past Cash this year." Quiroz, signed by Bob Engle, is ranked as the third-best catcher in the minors by the highly respected Baseball America. Defensively Cash, a converted infielder, remains one of the better catchers, but he has struggled with his swing. Cash is hitting .255 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 65 games at triple-A Syracuse, while Quiroz is batting .285 with 13 homers and 49 RBIs in 67 games at double-A New Haven."

Bauer, Gross Honored

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Ravens righthander Peter Bauer and outfielder Gabe Gross as their organizational pitcher and player of the month for June. Bauer went 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in six games, pitching 27.2 innings and striking out 18 while allowing 21 hits and four walks. Gross, who has since been promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, hit .351 in 27 games with five doubles, one homerun, 20 RBIs, 18 walks, and a .452 on-base percentage.

Watch the Eastern League All-Star Game

The Eastern League All-Star game on July 16 -- featuring Ravens Dave Gassner, John-Ford Griffin, Guillermo Quiroz, Cam Reimers and Alexis Rios -- will be televised on the following networks: Empire Sports Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast Sports South, Fox Sports Net New England, Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh (July 17 1:00 tape delay), Fox Sports Net Ohio, MSG Network, Image Sports Network, Direct TV, and Dish Network.

Hart Featured on ESPN.com

Former New Haven Raven second baseman Bo Hart continues to draw notice for his performance at the big league level. His story was recently featured on ESPN.com:

Read About Bo Hart on ESPN.com

Ravens Back July 25

After the All-Star Break, the Ravens have a road trip that takes them to Akron and Altoona before they return to historic Yale Field Friday July 25 to face the New York Yankees affiliate Trenton Thunder. That game features a Zambelli fireworks show sponsored by the New Haven Register. It is also Hamden, Wallingford, and North Haven Night (residents buy one ticket, get one free w/ID), and there will be a performance by a local band.

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