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Blazer arms move at deadline


Two former Quakertown Blazers found themselves suiting up for different teams in August, after they changed franchises at the Major League Baseball trading deadline.

Lou Trivino, an Upper Bucks Christian grad and 2011 Blazer, found himself going from worst to first when the Oakland A’s dealt him and fellow pitcher Frankie Montas to the New York Yankees on Aug. 1 for four prospects. At press time, Oakland had the worst record in the American League while the Yankees were comfortably in first place in the American League East.

Trivino, the American League Reliever of the Month in June 2021, appeared in 262 games for Oakland since his April 18, 2018 big league debut. He had saved 10 games for the Athletics prior to the deal. Trivino opened his career in pinstripes with 1.2 perfect innings against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 2 and 3.

Levi Stoudt, a 2017 Blazer via Lehigh and the Perkiomen School, also donned a new uniform in August. Stoudt, who was recently featured in the July 21 Herald, went to the Cincinnati Reds organization on July 30. The Seattle Mariners sent Stoudt, who was their third-round draft pick in 2019, to Cincinnati along with three other prospects for All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo.

Stoudt was assigned to Double-A Chattanooga. His first start as a Lookout was arguably his best of the year: Stoudt threw five shutout innings, allowed just two baserunners and fanned six.