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Gary Amato Is A Monster

Gary Amato did not deserve to be cut by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  But life is not fair, and when Amato was cut earlier this year, he did not cry or throw a fit.  He asked us, who he had signed as his agents only two days prior of being cut, what we could do for him to allow him to continue his dream of playing professional baseball.

Amato had a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings with the West Virginia Power (Single A affiliate of the Pirates), before he was cut earlier in the year.  He also had 7Ks and only 1BB.  The only thing going against him was opponents’ batting average, which was at .306.  So he got another chance with the Nationals.  And he is tearing it up.

Gary Amato is a Penn State Nittany Lion alum, and his school’s website recently had a nice blurb on Amato’s success thus far this year:

Ever since joining the Washington Nationals’ New York Penn League team Vermont, Gary Amato has pitched effectively in posting a 1.98 ERA in 13.2 innings out of the bullpen. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in any of his previous four outings, spanning his last seven innings. He’s held batters to only a .242 batting average while racking up 10 strikeouts.

In his entire span with the Vermont Lake Monsters, Amato has held batters to an even lower batting average: .226.  In 15.2 total innings, he has struck out thirteen batters and only walked two.  That ratio looks very similar to his former teammate, Kyle McPherson, who is currently playing with State College in the Pirates organization.  McPherson has struck out thirty-three and walked four with the Spikes.

Last night, Amato continued to provide strong relief, pitching 2 innings, striking out 3, and giving up no runs.

Dynasty represents two other players in the Washington Nationals organization: Dan Leatherman (High A Potomac Nationals) and our newest client, Atahualpa Severino (Double A Harrisburg).

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.