Several former Lincoln Saltdogs continued to flourish in affiliated baseball in 2010, with four ex-Dogs ending the season in the affiliated ranks. Two of them began the season in Lincoln, while another made a brief appearance in the major leagues.
Shawn McGill spent two and a half seasons as the starting catcher for the Saltdogs, before his contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves organization in early July. McGill split the rest of the 2010 season between high-Class A Myrtle Beach and Class AA Mississippi, but had a chance to shine late in the season when he took over the everyday catching duties for the Mississippi Braves. Shawn hit .313 in 13 games for Mississippi with a home run, five doubles, ten RBI two walks and three stolen bases. McGill earned his chance with the Braves organization by hitting .347 with eight home runs in 40 games for the Saltdogs this season.
Tim Brown spent a little over a year with the Saltdogs, posting a 12-6 combined record before his contract was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies organization in July. The Phillies sent him to their rookie-ball affiliate, and Tim dominated the Gulf Coast League. He didn’t record a decision in the regular season, but posted a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances, including two starts, earned a save and struck out 18 batters while walking only three. Brown capped his season by allowing just one run on two hits in 7 2/3 innings to win the Gulf Coast League championship game.
Chris Jakubauskas, the first Saltdogs player to reach the major leagues, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates last winter and began 2010 with Class AAA Indianapolis. After two starts there, Chris was called up to make his Pirates debut on April 24 in Houston. Unfortunately, he was hit in the head with a line drive in the first inning of that game. He began his minor-league injury rehab assignment in mid-June, but missed all of July with another injury. Jakubauskas made brief rehab appearances at the rookie and high-Class levels in the Pirates’ system, but spent the majority of the year with Indianapolis, where he went 1-4 with a 4.45 ERA in eight games, including five starts. Chris played for Lincoln in 2007, and spent most of 2009 in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners.
Anthony Contreras spent the first half of 2008 in Lincoln before his contract was purchased by the San Diego Padres organization, and he took another step towards the major leagues in 2010. After spending all of 2009 with Class AA San Antonio, Anthony appeared in 61 games for Class AAA Portland this year, hitting .273 with four home runs, six doubles, 16 RBI, eight walks and two stolen bases. Contreras also continued to demonstrate his value defensively, seeing time at shortstop, third base and second base.
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