Former Bulldogs complete pro baseball seasons

three players with Major League affiliated clubs (Luis Martinez, Chipper Smith, Will Locante) and two others in independent leagues (Matt Greener, Aaron Wilkerson).
Oct 15, 2013

Five former Cumberland players recently completed their professional seasons, three players with Major League affiliated clubs (Luis Martinez, Chipper Smith, Will Locante) and two others in independent leagues (Matt Greener, Aaron Wilkerson).

Martinez just finished his seventh professional season, spending time at a pair of stops in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2013. The Puerto Rico native batted .257 with 16 doubles, 20 RBIs and 18 walks in 60 games with the Bowie [Md.] Baysox (AA). He also played two games with the Norfolk [Va.] Tides (AAA), collecting a pair of hits in eight at-bats.

Smith completed his second year in the Miami Marlins organization, posting an 8-3 mark with a 2.74 earned-run-average in 88.2 innings of work for the Greensboro [N.C.] Grasshoppers (A). The lefthander struck out 98 and allowed 33 walks and 27 earned runs in 34 contests. He started six games and saved a pair of outings.

Locante split time between two clubs in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He just finished his third year in professional ball. The lefthander registered a 3-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA in 21 games, all in relief, and one save for the Hillsboro [Ore.] Hops (short season A). He struck out 33 and walked 18 in 24.0 innings of work.

Locante also pitched in 18 contests for the South Bend [Ind.] Silverhawks (A), again all in relief, striking out 21 with 13 walks in 18.0 innings of work. He posted an 0-1 mark with a 5.50 ERA for the Silverhawks.

Greener completed his fourth year of professional action, batting .305 with 21 doubles, seven home runs and 47 RBIs in 91 games for the Rockford [Ill.] Aviators in the Frontier League. It was his third season in Rockford after playing one year with the Kalamazoo [Mich.] Kings.

Wilkerson did not pitch in 2012 but came back strong after Tommy John surgery, collecting a 9-1 mark with a 2.73 ERA in 75.2 innings of work for the Fort Worth Cats in the United Baseball League. The righthander struck out 97 and walked 37 in 13 starts with one complete game, allowing just 58 hits and 23 runs.

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