January 16 - Brandon Snyder signed a minor league contract last week with the Washington Nationals, who the Westfield High School graduate was also employed by in 2017.
Snyder, 32, has appeared in the Major Leagues with five teams, most recently in a short stint with the Tampa Bay Rays last April. He went 1-for-6 in two games with the Rays, spending the majority of his season at Triple-A Durham.
He will provide organizational depth as both a corner infielder and outfielder, and could start the season at Washington’s new Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, CA.
A first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles out of high school in 2005, Snyder previously played in the big leagues with the Orioles, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves. His father, Brian, pitched in the Majors with the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics in the 1980s.
Snyder, who will get an invite to Washington’s Major League spring training, spent the entire 2017 season with the Nationals’ then-Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, hitting .263 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI in 121 games. He has hit 147 career minor league homers.
Wahl Traded to Brewers in Broxton Deal
Bobby Wahl, who led West Springfield to the Group AAA state championship in 2009 and has pitched with the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets over the past two seasons, was traded on Jan. 5 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 26-year-old right-handed reliever was one of three players dealt by the Mets in a trade that netted outfielder Keon Broxton, who eclipsed 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in 2017 but struggled last year. Wahl, acquired by New York in the trade that sent closer Jeurys Familia to the A’s last summer, has made 14 relief appearances in the big leagues. He boasts a fastball that sits 96-97 MPH and reached 100 MPH last year.
Two prospects, 21-year-old pitcher Adam Hill and 18-year-old shortstop Felix Valerio, were the other two players sent to Milwaukee in the deal.
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