July 14, 2006
BALTIMORE, MD -- Matt Righter and Paul Winterling, who helped lead the Johns Hopkins baseball team to unparalleled success during the early part of this decade, are now well into their 2006 seasons within the Tigers' and Orioles' minor league systems. Righter is playing for the Tigers' Rookie League team in the Gulf Coast League, while Winterling is a member of the Aberdeen Ironbird (Single A - Short Season).
Righter has started four games for the Tigers and sports a 1-1 record with a sparkling 1.89 ERA. He has allowed just four earned runs in 19 innings and has 10 strikeouts against just five walks. In his last two outings combined he has allowed nine hits and just one run in nine innings of work.
Righter graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2004 and was a member of the baseball and men's basketball teams at Homewood. He was a First Team All-Centennial selection as a senior and has made a remarkable recovery from off-season "Tommy John" surgery. He compiled a 15-3 record during his career at Johns Hopkins.
The Tigers are currently 9-9 overall and sit just 2.5 games behind the Northern Division Leading Yankees. The GCL Tigers are headquartered in Lakeland, Florida.
Winterling and the Ironbirds have gotten off to a quick start as the Ironbirds are currently 14-8 overall and a game-and-a-half up on Staten Island in the McNamara Division.
Winterling has played in 13 games thus far and sports a .255 on-base percentage and a .333 slugging percentage as five of his seven hits on the year have gone for extra bases. His best game of the season came in a 7-2 win over Hudson Valley on July 5 when he went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Winterling was a two-time First Team All-Centennial pick and the 2003 Centennial Player of the Year. Winterling ranks second in career home runs at Hopkins (31) and among the top five in doubles (41) and RBIs (136).
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