Former Red Storm Baseball Players Moving Up in Minor Leagues|
JAMAICA, N.Y. - Three former St. Johns University baseball players have advanced to Double A in their quest to reach the major leagues.
Pitcher Keith Stamler (Stockholm, N.J.), who has made the roster of the Tulsa Drillers in the Texas Rangers organization, leads the group. Last season at two levels of single A ball for the Rangers, Stamler compiled a record of 10-5 with an ERA of 2.43 and 77 strikeouts in 103.2 innings of work. Stamler pitched at St. Johns from 1998-2000, earning freshman All-America honors in 1998 and was a second-team All-BIG EAST selection in 1999.
Also moving up is infielder Mike Dzurilla (Bayside, N.Y.), who is playing for West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx in the Chicago Cubs organization. Last season for the single A Daytona Cubs, Dzurilla hit .288 with eight home runs, 45 runs batted in, and nine stolen bases, while adding 60 runs scored. Dzurilla played at St. Johns from 1997-99, was a third-team All-American as a junior and is the schools all-time leader in batting (since 1957), with a .395 average.
Finally, pitcher Dan Neil (Bardonia, N.Y.) has advanced in the Cleveland Indians organization to the Double A Akron Aeros. Last season, Neil played for two Indian single A teams, combining for a record of 6-4 with two saves and an ERA of 1.33 in 81 innings pitched. Neil played one season for the Red Storm, batting .278 in 54 games as an outfielder. He made eight appearances on the mound, throwing nine innings and picking up one win.
Second baseman Matt Galante (Staten Island, N.Y.) has moved on to the New York Mets organization after two years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Galante will report to the Single A St. Lucie Mets after he finishes rehab of his injured ankle. Last season, he only had six at-bats because of a broken hand early in the season. Galante joins his father Matt, a former SJU All-American, in the Mets organization. Matt, Sr. is serving as an assistant coach for the major league team.
Kevin McGerry (Philadelphia, Pa.), a pitcher in the Oakland As organization, will begin the season on the disabled list and will be placed on a team following his rehab assignment. Last season, McGerry had a record of 1-7 with a 8.49 ERA for the Modesto As.
In addition, Chris Fallon (Jersey City, N.J.), a 2001 SJU grad, will begin his second season in the Kansas City Royals organization. He batted .253 with two home runs and 26 RBI for the Class A Spokane (Wash.) Indians last year.