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Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Indy standouts Towles and Bierman make the jump

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective

Towles wrangled by Rangers

Veteran catcher and Bridgeport Bluefish, J.R. Towles has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. Towles has spent the majority of his career in the Houston Astros organization, but the last two years has bounced around with the Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers' minor league squads. Never having been in a starting role, Towles has put together some very good numbers in the minors. He's a career .285 hitter with a .384 OBP. Unfortunately, that didn't translate over to the major league game. From 2007 to 2011, Towles appeared in 155 games batting .187 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI. In his only independent season Towles lit up the stat page. In 67 games with the Bluefish he went deep 11 times and drove in 37, while putting together a .930 OPS. Towles has since appeared in two games for the Rangers' Triple A, Round Rock Express and has not disappointed batting .286 with four RBI.

Braves sign Can-Am's Bierman

Sean Bierman has had a very impressive stint with the Rockland Boulders, eventually leading to a contract offer from the Atlanta Braves. Bierman is a three-time Pitcher of the Week, July Pitcher of the Month, and member of the American Association South All-Star Team. Not too bad for his first independent season. In 2014, Bierman posted a 8-6 record and led all starters with a 2.44 ERA. In three professional seasons, in which he made it up to High A, Bierman has recorded 20 wins against 15 losses. His ERA is a very respectable 2.86. Since signing with Braves, he has been assigned to their Single A squad (Rome). In his first appearance against the Charleston RiverDogs, he went five scoreless innings striking out three. In his second appearance, this time against the Kannapolis Intimidators, Bierman again threw five scoreless innings picking up the win in the process. He struck out eight.

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