Hometown Heroes: professional baseball

Hometown Heroes: Major and Minor League Baseball

CorrespondentAugust 26, 2013 

The biggest markets in the nation are Los Angeles and New York, and it just so happens that western Wake’s only two players in Major League Baseball are playing in those cities.

Former Apex catcher Tim Federowicz is with the Los Angeles Dodgers and averaging .232 through 43 games and has tallied three homers, 13 RBIs, 29 hits and has recorded a .352 slugging percentage.

Across town from Federowicz is Josh Hamilton, the famed Athens Drive graduate. Hamilton has caught some criticism with the Los Angeles Angels so far this season.

After signing a 5-year, $125 million contract, he is batting just .235 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs through 122 games.

Powell retires

Apex graduate Landon Powell, who played three Major League seasons at Oakland, was released from the New York Mets’ minor-league system and will start his coaching career. Powell will be an assistant at Furman University this spring.

Powell’s final MLB stats have him hitting .207 in 123 games with 10 home runs, 45 RBIs and a .284 on-base percentage.

Powell caught Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010.

Earlier this year, he was featured on ESPN’s E:60 show as he and his wife lost their infant daughter Izzy.

Pitchers making a splash

• Chris Perry, a Green Hope graduate, is in his rookie season. The former college national leader in strikeouts has a 2.71 ERA, a 4-2 overall record and 50 strikeouts in 63 innings this year.

• Former Fuquay-Varina Bengal Kevin Brandt has pitched in 19 games this season in Class A ball, now with the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization.

With Bowling Green, Brandt has a 1.47 ERA with 12 strikeouts in three starts.

Brandt has spent time this season with three teams this year. His ERA with all three combined is 2.22 with a 7-3 overall record.

• Seth Frankoff, a former Apex Cougar, is now in this fourth season as a minor league pitcher. He is playing for the Stockton Ports of the Class-A California League.

In 36 games with the Ports, Frankoff has tallied a 2-0 record and 2.48 ERA through 72.2 innings of work this season.

Independent ball

Middle Creek grad Quincy Latimore and Cary grad Cory Harrilchak were both released this year and both are playing for Independent minor league teams that are not affiliated with MLB.

Latimore, who signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school in 2007 after being selected in the fourth round, had been traded to Cleveland before being cut.

Harrilchak, who went to Elon for four years and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round, had worked his way up to Triple-A but his batting average for 2012 had dipped to .169 and he was released.

Harrilchak and Latimore are in the same league.

Harrilchak plays for Southern Illinois Miners while Latimore is with Washington (Pa.) Wild Things.

All statistics in this article are as of Aug. 25.

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