Outfielder Daniel Carte and pitcher Chris Leroux, two former Winthrop standouts, are off to fast starts.
Carte hit a three-run first-inning homer last week to lead Double-A Tulsa to an 11-5 victory over San Antonio. It was Carte's team-leading fourth homer of the season; he's done it in 12 games.
Carte, Colorado's second-round pick in the 2005 draft, is batting .325 with four homers and eight RBIs. He's belted 28 homers the past two seasons.
Leroux has been a busy pitcher for Class A Jupiter. The Marlins' seventh-round selection in the 2005 draft, Leroux is tied for first in the league in appearances (seven) and leads the league with three victories.
Leroux is 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA, has struck out 11 and walked only one in 7 2-3 innings.
Leroux is one of three ex-Eagles in the Florida State League. Pitcher Heath Rollins is with Vero Beach and is tied for the strikeout lead with 23 in 14 innings.
Jupiter and Vero Beach met in a three-game series last week with Vero Beach taking two victories. Rollins did not pitch in the series, but Leroux was 1-1 for Jupiter. He was 3-0 before giving up an eight-inning homer to Vero Beach's Matthew Fields in the eighth inning of the series finale as the Devil Rays won, 1-0.
Former Eagles catcher Alan Robbins plays for Clearwater.
• VICTORIES LEADER: Charlotte manager Marc Bombard has the distinction of being the winningest active skipper in the minor leagues.
Bombard, in his 24th season as a minor league manager, carried 1,627 victories into Friday's game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bombard is in his second season with the Knights after spending two years as the first base coach with Philadelphia.
A couple of former Knights managers are still leading minor league teams after stints as coaches in the major leagues. Razor Shines (2006) is manager at Class A Clearwater. Nick Leyva (2000-01, 2005) will guide Kingsport.
Shines was the third base coach with the Chicago White Sox last year and Leyva held the same spot with Milwaukee.
• FINALLY: Former South Carolina slugger Steve Pearce ended a home run drought last week when the Indianapolis outfielder slugged two in a 5-4 victory over Pawtucket.
Pearce, who hit a combined 31 homers in four stops last year, didn't connect until Indianapolis' 15th game.
Pearce homered twice and drove in all five runs. Pearce, who also celebrated his 25th birthday last week, hit a grand slam in the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth inning.
• REUNION: Two former Fort Mill High Schoolers will be reunited this summer at Gateway. Catcher Charlie Lisk and pitcher Brandon Williams have signed contracts with the Grizzlies.
Lisk re-signed with the Grizzlies after appearing in 65 games last year. He batted .201 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs.
Lisk was the White Sox's 24th-round pick in the 2001 draft. He was released in 2006.
Williams was selected in the 29th round of the 2006 draft out of USC Upstate by Pittsburgh.
Williams was 1-2 with a 2.53 ERA for State College last year. He also appeared in two games with Altoona.
The Grizzlies open spring training on May 7. None of the signees are guaranteed a spot with the team for 2008.
• ON THE MOVE: It's been a busy off-season for ex-Winthrop standout Jason Colson, who has been traded twice by Independent teams since 2007.
Colson spent 2007 with Calgary. He hit .290 with 16 homers and a league-leading 89 RBIs and made the All-Star team.
Colson asked to be traded to a club nearer his Cranston, R.I., home. He was dealt to Brockton in December.
But Brockton swapped Colson to St. Paul in February. The 29-year-old Colson is headed to spring training with St. Paul.