Infielder Kevin Nolan and pitcher Alex Wilson, former teammates at Winthrop, have been reunited this summer in the Cape Cod League.
Nolan and Wilson are playing for Falmouth and were instrumental in the Commodores' 9-2, season-opening victory over Wareham. Nolan was 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Wilson started the game and pitched two innings.
Nolan is a rising junior at Winthrop while Wilson will be a junior athletically at Texas A&M next year.
Wilson pitched two years at Winthrop before transferring to A&M. He suffered an arm injury last summer in the Cape Cod League, underwent Tommy John surgery and didn't pitch at A&M this season.
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Despite that, Wilson was picked in the 10th round of the draft by the Chicago Cubs.
Two other ex-Eagles were also chosen in the draft. Outfielder Jake Shaffer (Northern Kentucky) went to Seattle in the 15th round and first baseman Mike Konstanty (Albany) was selected in the 39th round by Cincinnati.
Shaffer and Konstanty have already signed with their respective organizations. Shaffer is with Seattle's Pulaski, Va., entry in the rookie advanced Appalachian League. He is batting .185 after eight games.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Konstanty, who set Albany's single-season homer record (13) this season, is with the Reds' Billings, Mon., affiliate in the rookie advanced Pioneer League. He is hitting .211 with a homer and four RBIs after five games.
• FIRST PRO HR: Former Fort Mill High School outfielder Tommy Baldridge collected his first professional homer this week when he connected in the Yankees' Gulf Coast League game against the Blue Jays.
Baldridge, the New York Yankees' 33rd-round pick in the draft, struck out his first two times. But the ex-Coastal Carolina standout hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
The game was suspended in the ninth inning because of rain.
Baldridge is batting .333 after seven games.
• TOP SHEFF: Chris Sheff spent 10 years in the minor leagues before retiring after 2001.
Since then, the former Charlotte Knights outfielder has enjoyed great success as a high school baseball coach.
Sheff, 37, just concluded his fifth season as coach at Bishop Gorman High, a prep school in Las Vegas. He has led the Gaels to three straight Nevada Class AAAA state championships, compiling a 111-16-2 record the past three seasons and a 153-37-2 overall mark.
The Gaels were 41-3 this season and ranked second behind American Heritage (Fla.) High in Baseball America's Top 25.
Bishop Gorman junior first baseman Jeff Malm was picked a second team All-American by USA Today after hitting .582 with seven homers, 61 RBIs and 59 runs scored.
Sheff, Florida's 10th-round selection in the 1992 draft, spent part of the 1996 season and all of '97 with the Knights, then affiliated with the Marlins. Sheff batted .264 in 1996 and .255 the following year.
A former Pepperdine standout, Sheff had a 10-year minor-league batting average of .274 with 92 homers and 534 RBIs. He played in the Marlins, New York Mets and Cincinnati organizations.
• MORE CHANGES: The Knights continued to make changes to their roster, mostly by necessity.
Outfielder Jerry Owens (knee) and first baseman Brad Eldred (broken left hand) were placed on the disabled list. Eldred was leading the International League in homers (26) and RBIs (72) when he suffered the injury last week.
The Knights added a couple of outfielders in Noah Hall, up from Double-A Birmingham, and Nick Blasi, a former Oakland farmhand signed as a free agent.
• UNUSUAL TRADE: Ex-Winthrop standout Jason Colson entered trivia circles this past week when he was traded for -- himself.
Colson, a left-handed hitting first baseman, was acquired by Brockton of the Independent Can-Am League from St. Paul "to complete the February 19 trade between the two clubs."
On Feb. 19, Colson was dealt to St. Paul from Brockton for a "player to be named later." On Wednesday, Colson became that player as he went back to the Rox.