Pro Baseball Update For 8 Former UMass Players At The All-Star Break
July 11, 2005
Amherst, Mass. - Eight former UMass baseball players are on professional rosters at the All-Star break. Lefthanded pitcher Ron Villone is playing for Seattle. Doug Clark, Nick Gorneault, and Chad Paronto are in AAA; Ryan Cameron is in AA; Matt Torra and Jason Twomley are in class A; and Frank Curreri has been injured.
Villone, in his 11th year in the majors, has pitched exclusively in relief for the Mariners. He is 2-3 with one save and a 2.52 ERA. In 35.2 innings, he has struck out 36. Villone pitched with the Minutemen from 1991-92 and was a third team All-American.
Clark is the starting leftfielder for the Fresno Grizzlies, the San Francisco Giants AAA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. Clark leads the Grizzlies with 22 doubles and 20 stolen bases. He has played in 79 games and is batting .314 (3rd best on the team) with seven homers and 38 RBI. Clark played for the Minutemen from 1996-98.
Gorneault is playing the outfield for the Salt Lake Stingers, the Los Angeles Angels AAA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. Gorneault leads the Stingers in RBI with 60 and runs scored with 63. He has played in 81 games and is hitting .289 with 15 homers, one shy of the team lead. Gorneault played for the Minutemen from 1998-2001.
Paronto has split the season between Milwaukee's AAA team in Nashville and Atlanta's AAA in Richmond. Paronto was 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 27 games for Nashville and is 1-1 with a 10.97 ERA currently for Richmond. He was a Minuteman from 1994-96.
Cameron is the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies AA team in Reading in the Eastern League. He is 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA and has seven saves in 36 appearances. Cameron has struck out 57 in 57.1 innings this season. He pitched for the Minutemen from 1996-98.
Torra made his professional debut with the Yakima Bears in the Northwest League, after being a sandwich pick this June for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Torra is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four games. He has struck out five in six innings. Torra played for UMass from 2002-05 and was named third team All-America this season.
Twomley leads the Lowell Spinners in both homers (3) and runs batted in (13). The Spinners are a class A New York-Penn League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, who took Twomley in the 24th round this June. He has played in 15 games in the outfield and at DH and is hitting .228 and has four doubles. Twomley played for the Minutemen from 2002-05 and was named All-Atlantic 10 this season.
Former UMass catcher Frank Curreri is with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, but has been injured this year and hasn't played. Curreri played for the Minutemen in 2003 and 2004.
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