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AFTER LEADING REDS STAFF IN '17, ADLEMAN GETS GOOD DEAL IN KOREA
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Tim Adleman has been one of the Can-Am League's nice success stories in recent years, leading the Reds in both innings pitched (122.1) and strikeouts (108) in 2017.

Perhaps the fact Adleman turned 30 last month played a role, but he has accepted a $100,000 signing bonus and nearly doubled his Cincinnati salary with a contract that will pay $1,050,000 for him to pitch for Korea's Samsung Lions next season.

AIGLES' KUZMINSKY CLIMBS MINOR LEAGUE LADDER QUICKLY
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Three years ago Scott Kuzminsky finished up his career with the University of Hawaii without being drafted despite a 3.25 ERA, mostly as a starting pitcher. He advanced in 2016 to be the busiest pitcher on the Aigles staff, working 40 times in relief during the 100-game season. That experience and work in the Frontier League early this season allowed the Puyallup, Wash., native to attract the Seattle Mariners late in the campaign, and a 1.08 ERA in seven appearances in rookie league play even got him two end-of-season relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma.

REGNAULT, MOONEY HAVE SOLID FINAL ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE MARKS
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

The Can-Am League's two players in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League finished very strong with Miami's Peter Mooney hitting .278 in 23 games, a solid average for a middle infielder, and lefty Kyle Regnault (pictured, New York Mets) maintaining the third best earned run average (0.71) and striking out 17 in 12.2 innings spread over eight appearances.
With a premium always placed on lefthanders, the parent Mets may give Regnault a better look next spring because of his AFL play which came after a 5-0, 3.28 summer and nearly a strikeout per inning for their top minor league team in Las Vegas.

ONCE MORE, FUENMAYOR IS ON A RUN
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Balbino Fuenmayor is on one of his biggest offensive outbursts in his home country today, driving in 11 runs and going 12-for-19 with three homers and the same number of doubles in his last five games to make anyone following winter league baseball take notice.

He leads the Venezuelan League in hitting at .413 for his first 21 games, has gotten on base at a league-best .478 clip, has driven in 18 runs and has the No. 2 OPS of 1.091. The marks are even more impressive at .472/.535/1.368 for his last 10 appearances.

LEAGUE SAVE LEADER BECKER PICKED UP BY ROYALS
Capitales stopper's 24 saves tied for 3rd in league history

Durham, N.C. -- The contract of Quebec Capitales LHP Nolan Becker has been purchased by the Kansas City Royals organization, the Can-Am League announced on Wednesday.

Becker was outstanding in his first season with Quebec in 2017, going 5-1 with a 1.14 ERA and 24 saves, leading the league and tying the Capitales' all-time franchise high (Derek Hooker, 2014), as well as tying for third all-time in league history.

FORMER JACKAL HELLWEG STAYS WITH PIRATES
Independent Baseball Chatter - by Bob Wirz

Similar to other organizations, Pittsburgh trimmed 15 players from its minor league system, but one who escaped the axe was Johnny Hellweg, who was picked up from the New Jersey Jackals with only about two weeks remaining in the season and helped Double-A Altoona win the Eastern League title. Just turned 29, the 6-foot-7 righty, who spent the last two months of '16 and most of '17 sharpening his skills with the Jackals. He had 19 saves this season to go with a 2-3 record and 3.79 ERA. Presumably, he will get a good look next spring as he tries to return to the majors.

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