April 20, 2014

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Crushers trade for pitcher Alex Kaminsky

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers haven’t wasted any time making roster moves under new manager Jeff Isom.

They made a big one Monday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Alex Kaminsky from the Gateway Grizzlies in exchange for newly acquired pitcher Jason Sullivan.

Kaminsky, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound Fostoria native, is entering his third year of professional baseball after a successful collegiate career at Wright State University. He was an undrafted free agent in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2010, going a combined 7-5 with a 2.38 ERA for Mahoning Valley (Class A) and Akron (Class AA).

The Indians released Kaminsky following the 2010 season, and he spent the last two seasons pitching in independent leagues. He bounced between three different American Association franchises in 2011, going a combined 7-3 with a 5.40 ERA.

Last season, he went 10-5 with a 3.74 ERA with the Grizzlies, reaching career highs in innings pitched (108.1) and strikeouts (93). He helped the Grizzlies reach the postseason, where they lost to the Florence Freedom in five games.

Sullivan, one of three players acquired from the River City Rascals for corner infielder Jason Taylor on the eve of Isom’s hiring, went 3-2 with a 4.43 ERA while appearing in 33 games with the Rascals in 2012.

The 6-2, 225-pound hurler from Waverly, Iowa, went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in five appearances against the Grizzlies in 2012.

Grife traded

A few months after Brookside graduate Steve Grife celebrated winning a Frontier League championship as a member the Southern Illinois Miners, he was dealt to the River City Rascals as a “player to named later” to complete an earlier deal.

Grife was sent to the Rascals on Dec. 27, and the Rascals quickly exercised his contract option for the 2013 season. Grife has not signed yet, however.

If Grife plays with the Rascals this season, it will be the eighth franchise of his five-year professional career. Last season he was a combined 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA and six saves with the Miners and the Washington Wild Things.

Contact Dan Gilles at 329-7135 or dangilles73@gmail.com.