George Kontos ('05 Mariners) Part of Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte Trade

by Andrew Wirtanen in


George Kontos, pitching for the Trenton Thunder Last night, the worst thing happened to my fantasy team. My right-fielder, Xavier Nady, left the game in the 2nd inning. Then I found out he was traded to the Yankees. Now, I just hope that I (a Red Sox fan) don't have to watch Nady hit a double off The Monster this weekend.

Meanwhile, in Trenton, AA starting pitcher George Kontos found out that he was traded to the Pirates, courtesy of "ESPN and text messages" (see Mike Ashmore's Thunder Thoughts). Kontos was a member of the 2005 Harwich Mariners alongside current San Francisco Giants All-Star SP Tim Lincecum.

  • Fun fact: Kontos had 69 season strikeouts to lead the Mariners in '05, Lincecum had 68 (note: Lincecum pitched 18 fewer innings).
  • Another fun fact: Kontos pitched alongside Tim Norton (2005 Top Prospect, Falmouth) in the Yankees organization (Norton is now undergoing shoulder surgery).

Even though Lincecum almost literally crossed the Cape Cod Canal and went straight to the majors, Kontos is still taking the fast track to the majors. Kontos was known for giving up a lot of walks at Northwestern, and on the Cape. He was also known for his 94mph fastball and his killer slider. He was being developed as a starter, despite only having a few pitches (Yankees Future). The Pirates should now have a good foundation of pitching to match their bats (LaRoche, McLouth, Bay, and old friend Freddy Sanchez) and compete in the NL Central.

Update: In a strange turn of events, this trade has been reconfigured. Kontos will be staying with the Trenton Thunder. It will be interesting to see if he makes his scheduled start tonight against the Portland Sea Dogs. Surely, he must be a little shaken up. Daniel McCutchen (Yarmouth-Dennis, '05) and Ross Ohlendorf (Chatham, '03) are two of the new players named to the Pirates organization.