The New York Boulders did not need to look too far for the latest addition to their pitching staff with the recent signing of former St. Thomas Aquinas College standout Chris Cepeda to the roster for their initial season in the Frontier League.
The club also announced that it had come to an agreement with former St. Louis Cardinals’ farmhand Zach Kirtley, an infielder, and Brandon Bingel, a righthanded reliever who was once the property of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as resigning lefthanded reliever James Mulry.
Cepeda, a 24-year-old righthander, is projected to be one of manager T.J. Stanton’s starters this coming season.
A native of Port Jefferson Station on Long Island and a graduate of Ward-Melville High School, Cepeda spent one spring, 2016, at Dowling College, where he went 7-1 with a 3.03 ERA. He transferred to STAC (Sparkill, NY) after that season and spent the 2017 to 2019 campaigns toeing the runner for head coach Jon Garvey’s Spartans.
Over those three years, Cepeda went 20-12 with a 3.22 ERA.
Cepeda also brings some professional experience to the Boulders’ locker room. After graduating from STAC, Cepeda signed with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. He logged 13 relief appearance, winning his only decision for the Otters.
This past summer, Cepeda returned to Rockland County and pitched for the Palisades Credit Union Park-based New York Brave in the All-American Baseball Challenge.
Mulry also played this past summer out of Palisades Credit Union Park as a member of the Rockland Boulders.
Back in 2019, Mulry appeared in 52 games for the Can-Am League Rockland Boulders, going 3-1 and posting a sparkling 1.82 ERA. He is expected to play a big role in Stanton’s bullpen this coming season.
Kirtley, 24, was one of the top off-season targets of Stanton. The versatile infielder is expected to slot into the middle of the Boulders’ batting order this coming season.
A 2017 Major League Draft selection of the Cardinals out of St. Mary’s College in California, he played the 2017 to 2019 seasons in the organization, reaching as high as Class AA Springfield of the Texas League. The righthanded hitter has played both middle infield positions – shortstop and second base – throughout his career.
Meanwhile, Bingel was a 22nd round pick in the 2016 Major League Draft out of Bryant University (Smithfield, RI) by the Pirates, signing shortly thereafter with the Pirates, who assigned him to the West Virginia Black Bears of the Class A New York-Penn League. He returned to West Virginia the following year.
Bingel, 25, then spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.
Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. This past September, the Frontier League reached an agreement to become a “Partner League” with Major League Baseball.
As a “Partner League,” the Frontier League and its teams will meet on a regular basis with MLB representatives to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities, as well as collaborate on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada.
More information can be found at www.frontierleague.com.
Meanwhile, New York Boulders season tickets and packages for the 2021 season are now available – for more information call 845-364-0009 or slide to NYBoulders.com
About the New York Boulders
The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can-Am All-Star Game in 2019. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, during the 2017 season the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan to Palisades Credit Union Park located in Rockland County, NY.