JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Josh Zeid of the Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies) is one of six nominees for Class A “Best Reliever” in the 2010 MiLBY Awards.

A 6’5″ pitcher out of New Haven, Conn., Zeid was a key part of the BlueClaws’ run to the South Atlantic League championship in 2010, both as a starter and a reliever. He amassed an 8-4 record over the regular season, with 8 saves, a 2.93 ERA, 111 strikeouts — one per inning — and only 27 walks.

In the final game of the South Atlantic championship series, Zeid pitched 4 perfect innings and at one point struck out 5 consecutive batters. The 23-year-old is spending the off-season playing for the Mesa Solar Sox of the prestigious Arizona Fall League, and blogging about it for

To cast votes for Zeid — fans will determine the winner — surf on over to this page, click the bubble next to his name under “Class A-Full Season/Best Reliever,” click “Vote,” and repeat as often as you like. It’s not scientific; the player with the most click-happy family, friends and fans wins. Voting ends on Mon., Oct. 25.

At least one other Jewish player was nominated for a 2010 MiLBY. SS Jake Lemmerman of the Ogden Raptors (Los Angeles Dodgers), who earlier was named 2010 Pioneer League MVP, was one of six candidates for Class A/Short Season “Best Hitter.” He finished last in the voting, despite leading the league in doubles (24) and runs scored (69/tie); finishing 2nd in batting average (.363); ranking third in on-base percentage (.434) and slugging percentage (.610); and swatting 12 HRs and 47 RBIs.