Former Oneonta State standout Dave Filak has encountered mixed results during his third professional baseball season.
The 6-foot-5 right-hander with a fastball that's been clocked in the mid-90s is 3-6 with a 4.50 ERA for the Rome Braves of the Class A South Atlantic League. He's made 13 appearances this season _ all starts _ and has thrown 66 innings. Filak has allowed 41 runs _ 33 earned _ on 67 hits. He leads the Braves with 75 strikeouts and has walked 28.
The Braves drafted Filak in the fourth round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft.
Last season, Filak went a combined 3-11 with a 6.14 ERA for Rookie League Danville and Rome.
He began his pro career at Danville in 2010, going 0-2 with a 2.05 ERA.
Filak turned pro following his junior season at O-State. In 2010, he led the Red Dragons to their first and only appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament, going 8-1 with 2.00 ERA and a single-season school-record 104 strikeouts.
Area baseball fans once again have reason to follow the New York-Penn League.
The short-season Single-A league that included an Oneonta franchise from 1966-2009 now has a Cooperstown graduate.
Phil Pohl, the 28th-round pick of the Oakland A's two weeks ago, made his professional debut with Vermont Lake Monsters on Wednesday.
Pohl started at catcher and went 0-for-3, with two hit by pitches and a run scored in the Lake Monsters' 7-3 victory at the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Vermont played its third game of the season Wednesday, but Pohl didn't appear in the first two.
The Daily Star's Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, Pohl recently graduated from Clemson University.
He hit .286 for the Tigers in his senior season with nine home runs and a team-best 58 RBIs. Over four seasons, Pohl hit .286 with 15 home runs, 44 doubles and 113 RBIs in 198 games.