January 23 - Wyatt Toregas continues to climb the managerial ladder in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system, as the organization announced last weekend that the South Lakes High School graduate has been named the skipper of their High-A Florida State League affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders.
Now in his fifth year as a minor league manager, the 36-year-old Toregas guided the Single-A West Virginia Power over the past two seasons after managing the short-season Single-A West Virginia Black Bears in 2015-16. He led the Black Bears to the New York-Penn League championship in his first season.
A first-team Class AAA All-State selection as a senior at South Lakes in 2001, Toregas then caught for three seasons at Virginia Tech before an eight-year professional career. He appeared in the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 2009 and with the Pirates in 2011.
Toregas served as a scout and coach in the Pittsburgh system from 2012-14 before being hired to manage the Black Bears in 2015.
George Mason’s Kalish Gets Invite to Big League Camp with Royals
Jake Kalish hopes to become the seventh player from George Mason University to play in the Major Leagues, as the left-hander has received an invite to attend Major League camp during spring training with the Kansas City Royals.
Kalish, 27, was drafted in the 32nd round by the Royals after his redshirt senior season with the Patriots in 2015. He has finished the past two seasons at Triple-A Omaha, and last year he was 8-8 with a 3.88 ERA over 127.2 innings between Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
The New Jersey native’s older brother, Ryan, played in parts of four seasons as an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs between 2010-16.
Blue Crabs Invite Marshall Grad Blackstone to Training Camp
Kent Blackstone, who hit .336 with 29 doubles, 12 home runs and 65 RBI in 79 games during stints in the independent Pecos League and Pacific Association last year, has been invited to attend training camp with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
The former Marshall and George Mason infielder initially impressed the Blue Crabs staff at the pro day workout held at R&D Baseball in Herndon earlier this month. After a private workout last weekend, they extended an invite to Blackstone along with catcher Andy Mocabee, a Georgia native who played locally with the Herndon Braves of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League during the summers in 2015-17, and to pitcher Miguel Nunez, a former Philadelphia Phillies farmhand who works out at R&D Baseball.
The Blue Crabs play in the Atlantic League, regarded as one of the top independent leagues in the country.
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Photo of Wyatt Toregas courtesy of West Virginia Black Bears