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Recorder file photo Chandler Shepherd delivers a pitch during a 2012 game at Shuttleworth Park while competing for the Amsterdam Mohawks.

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Shepherd showing improvement in Boston Red Sox organization

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Updated: 10:38 AM

After two seasons of strong pitching back at the University of Kentucky following his dominant 2012 campaign with the Amsterdam Mohawks, right-hander Chandler Shepherd has started his professional career this summer as a member of the Boston Red Sox organization.

It has been an up-and-down stretch so far for Shepherd, who was taken in the 13th round of this June's draft. Working as a reliever for the Lowell Spinners in the Single-A New York-Pennsylvania League, Shepherd had tossed 11 1-3 innings through Monday's action, compiling a 1-1 record with a 4.76 ERA. The bright spot for Shepherd has been an impressive 12 strikeouts, giving him an average of better than a strikeout per inning.

Shepherd's best professional outing came earlier this month, at home, against the Connecticut Tigers. In recording the first victory of his professional career, Shepherd struck out five in two innings, allowing no earned runs in the July 1 game.

Shepherd was the PGCBL Pitcher of the Year in his season with the Mohawks. In 2012, Shepherd led the Mohawks to the league championship, posting a 9-0 mark and 1.73 ERA between action in the regular season and postseason.

STAYING UP TO DATE

Since our last update on Matt Gage, a Broadalbin-Perth graduate and Mohawks alumnus, the left-handed pitcher has seen action four times.

After allowing a run in consecutive appearances at the start of July, Gage has posted consecutive scoreless outings. Gage's best work came July 10 against the Mariners' affiliate in the Arizona League, as the lefty tossed 2 1-3 innings that day and allowed only one hit.

ANOTHER GIANT

Competing along with Gage in the San Francisco Giants' system this summer is right-handed pitcher Connor Kaden, a member of the 2012 Mohawks.

Kaden, a Wake Forest product, has pitched an inning in three different games this summer, allowing two runs in one effort and providing scoreless relief in the others. His best outing came in his first appearance, July 7, in which he struck out all three batters he faced.

Kaden was selected in the 27th round of this year's draft.

ANOTHER DEACON

When Jack Fischer came to the Mohawks for the 2011 season, he did so primarily as an infielder with pop. By the time he left Amsterdam, he had developed into one of the team's top pitching arms.

That development served Fischer well, as the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 26th round of this year's draft as a pitcher. So far, the right-hander has competed in seven games for the Connecticut Tigers, which compete in the NY-PL, just like Shepherd's Spinners.

Fischer has a 7.71 ERA at the moment with a 0-1 record. His best outing came June 23 against the Spinners, a game in which Fischer tossed two innings, struck out three and allowed no runs, hits or walks.

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