The name game
Former Pinkerton star Zach Mathieu earned a mention on the Red Sox radio broadcast last week after being selected by the New York Mets in the MLB Draft.
The only problem? Longtime Sox voice Joe Castiglione pronounced the Franklin Pierce slugger’s name as Math-OW as in famed actor Walter Matthau. (Zach’s name is said like Matthew).
Castiglione did, however, call Mathieu a “monster of a player” at 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds. He hit 13 home runs this season.
Those hoping to see Mathieu and Andover’s Michael Yastrzemski (drafted by the Baltimore Orioles) and John Farrell (Tampa Bay draft pick) in their debut professional baseball seasons very well may have the chance this summer when each visits the Lowell Spinners.
According to the Orioles’ website, Yastrzemski — who signed a contract with the team on Thursday — is expected to be assigned to the Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn League very soon. That would mean that Yaz could be playing a quick trip up 495 from home when the IronBirds visit Lowell Aug. 26-28.
Meanwhile, Farrell has been assigned to Tampa’s affiliate the Hudson Valley Renegades, who visit the Spinners Aug. 16-18. Mathieu is expected to play for the Brooklyn Cyclones, who travel to Lowell July 23-25.
A pair of local players are pitching for the Nashua Silver Knights, the two-time defending champions of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England.
Former Londonderry standout Geoff Fisher, currently playing for UMass Lowell, is 1-1 in two appearances while fellow former Lancer Dan Kinnon (Southern Maine) pitched a shutout inning in his first appearance of the summer.
The team also includes Merrimack College pitchers Alek Morency, Travis Terrill and Tim Cashman.
The Silver Knights are run by the Lowell Spinners.
Speaking of Lowell, five former Spinners have already made their Major League debut this season — the most ever through June.