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Crinella Shining in Early MiLB Career

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Former Merrimack infielder Frank Crinella is off to a hot start in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in June.

Crinella is batting .339 this summer for the GCL Orioles, including a .949 OPS, which is fourth-best in the entire league. The GCL is also called “rookie ball,” and Crinella could advance through Orioles organization to another level of Single-A this year or next.

In an interview with Mass Live last month, Crinella said the biggest adjustment has been some changes to his swing, including shortening it up and driving the ball to the opposite field.

In other Merrimack baseball news, Joe Mantoni has only allowed two earned runs since the middle of July. Ryan O’Rourke has now appeared in 10 games for the Minnesota Twins (9.2 innings), posting a 0.93 ERA and 0.72 WHIP with 13 strikeouts.

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About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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