Bentz, Staveland throwing heat in minors; Conway still waiting for his season to start

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Chad Bentz threw an inning of scoreless relief on Monday as the Brevard County (Fla.) Manatees dropped a 6-5 decision to the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League.

Bentz, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, is one of three former Juneau players on minor league baseball rosters this summer. The others are Toby Staveland with the Macon (Ga.) Braves and Rob Conway with the Cook County (Ill.) Cheetahs.

A seventh-round pick of the Montreal Expos last June, Bentz is a left-handed pitcher for the Manatees, the Expos' team at the highest Class A level of the minors. Bentz has appeared in 14 games this season, all in relief, finishing 10 games and posting two saves. He has a 0-0 record with a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings, recording 20 strikeouts while allowing five walks and 14 hits.

Staveland, a right-handed pitcher who was selected in the 44th round of the 1999 draft by the Atlanta Braves, has also been seeing most of his action as a reliever this season.

Staveland has appeared in nine games this season, all in relief, and has finished five for Macon, which is a mid-Class A level team in the Southern Atlantic League (also known as the Sallie League). Staveland, who missed some games with a sore arm earlier this spring, has a 2-1 record with a 5.60 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He's allowed 21 hits and six walks, while striking out 16 batters.

Conway, an undrafted third baseman, is on the roster for the Cheetahs for the second straight summer. The Cheetahs are an independent minor league team (a team with no major league affiliation) playing in the Frontier League. Conway's season doesn't open until May 29.

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