Several players with area ties getting chance in pro baseball

A baseball player with ties to the Ohio Valley has made it to the ‘bigs.’

Chaz Roe, who was born in Steubenville in 1986 and spent some of his formative years in Smithfield, was called up Monday by the Arizona Diamondbacks when starting pitcher Trevor Cahill was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip contusion. He wears No. 34.

The 6-5, 190-pounder made his Major League debut that same night in impressive fashion.

Entering the Diamondbacks’ game at Citi Field against the New York Mets that very same night in the 10th inning, he hurled 2 innings of scoreless ball. The D’backs eventually lost, 5-4, in 13 innings.

His first professional strikeout came when he got veteran Marlon Byrd swinging in the 11th. He walked three and gave up a hit.

Tuesday night in Arizona’s 9-1 setback to the Mets, he pitched the eighth inning, allowing two hits and an earned run. He walked one, as well.

The 26-year-old relief ace had recorded four saves and nine games for the Class AAA Reno Aces this season. He struck out 13 batters and walked just two in nine innings of work. His ERA was 2.00.

Prior to signing a minor league free agent contract with the D-backs on Sept. 15, 2012, the righthander spent the entire 2012 season pitching for the Independent League Laredo Lemurs. He compiled a 3-2 record with a nifty 1.49 ERA (9 ER in 55 IP) in 49 relief appearances.

He was a member of the Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners farm systems from 2005-10.

Following graduation from Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky., his hometown, Roe originally signed with the UK Wildcats, but chose the major leagues when Colorado made him its No. 1 pick – 32nd overall – in the 2005 Major League Baseball entry draft.

Roe had quite a minor league career as he was selected to the 2005 Pioneer League All-Star team while pitching for Casper. Two years later, he was twice named the Pitcher of the Week while at Modesto. He received the same honor a year later in the Texas League for the Tulsa Drillers.

Arizona wrapped up its four-game series in New York Thursday afternoon. The Diamondbacks return home for a 10-game homestand tonight with Colorado, Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee. They play in Pittsburgh Aug. 16-18.

Rough Start for Bashlor

The son of a Union Local graduate is finding the going rough in his brief professional career.

Tyler Bashlor was drafted by the New York Mets two weeks ago and assigned to the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian Rookie League.

In two appearances on the mound, he is 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA. He has worked two innings with two strikeouts and three walks. He has given up four runs – all earned – and yielded three hits, one of which was a home run.

Kingsport is currently in last place in the West Division with a 3-9 mark.

He wears uniform No. 44.

Hoover on the Move

Former Steubenville Big Red two-sport standout Paul Hoover is climbing the ladder in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system.

Following a major league career that saw him play in parts of six seasons for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001-02), Florida Marlins (2006-08) and Philadelphia Phillies (2009-10), the 37-year-old is currently the catching coordinator for the American League Rays.

According to his high school head coach Fred Heatherington, Hoover is in charge of all the catchers in the Rays’ system.

In 1994, Hoover was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 64th round of the amateur draft. However, he did not sign. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round (714th overall) of the 1997 amateur draft, with whom he signed on June 6, 1997.

Staying With the Rays

Buckeye South grad Stan Boroski is in his fourth season in the Rays organization, and second season as bullpen coach. He joined the Rays as assistant to the pitching coach in 2009. Midway through the 2011 season, he began filling in for bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, who was ill. He was in uniform for 66 games before officially replaced Ramos as bullpen coach on Nov 30, 2011.

Boroski, who will turn 50 on July 14, is the seventh bullpen coach in club history.

Prior to joining the Rays, the Rayland native spent 18 years with the Houston Astros organization, where he served as either a coach or scout, including the last three seasons as pitching coach for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in the Texas League.

He was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 20th round of the 1981 June Draft as a catcher. After two years in the Brewers system, he switched to pitching and was signed by the Royals where he remained for four years.

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