The Frontier League conducted a dispersal draft for players who were under contract to the Ottawa Titans, with 21 total players selected. Second baseman Trevor Achenbach was the top pick, drafted by the Lake Erie Crushers off the Titans’ roster.
Achenbach will be entering his fourth Frontier League season in 2021, spending the 2017-19 campaigns with the River City Rascals. A career .282 hitter over 190 professional games, Achenbach was the starting second baseman in the 2019 Frontier League-Can-Am League All-Star Game and helped River City to the 2019 Frontier League championship.
Other members of the 2019 champion Rascals who were selected include RHP Tanner Cable (Gateway Grizzlies), and SS Andrew Penner (Washington Wild Things). Closer Cody Mincey (Sussex County) was the Frontier League’s Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2018.
The Canadian citizens who were on the Ottawa and Trois-Riviers rosters have been assigned to the team representing the Province of Quebec for the 2021 season. These players are RHP Mateos Kekatos, RHP Alex Nolan, INF Elliott Curtis, and INF Taylor Wright from Ottawa and LHP Sam Belisle-Springer, LHP David Gauthier, catcher Morgan Lofstrom, catcher Cole Warken, INF Brendon Dadson, INF L.P. Pelletier, 3B James Smibert, and OF Raphael Gladu from Trois-Rivieres.
Players not selected in today’s draft will become free agents.
The complete draft list is:
|1||Lake Erie Crushers||Trevor Achenbach||2B||Ottawa Titans|
|2||Southern Illinois Miners||Gunnar Kines||LHP||Ottawa Titans|
|3||Tri-City ValleyCats||Brandt Broussard||INF||Ottawa Titans|
|4||Evansville Otters||Jackie Urbanez||INF||Ottawa Titans|
|5||Washington Wild Things||Andrew Penner||SS||Ottawa Titans|
|6||Schaumburg Boomers||Chris Clare||SS/3B||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|7||New York Boulders||Wilfred Salaman||LHP||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|8||Gateway Grizzlies||Cody Thompson||RHP||Ottawa Titans|
|9||New Jersey Jackals||Jason Zgardowski||RHP||Ottawa Titans|
|10||Sussex County Miners||Cody Mincey||RHP||Ottawa Titans|
|11||Windy City ThunderBolts||Jack Strunc||INF||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|12||Joliet Slammers||Keaton Sullivan||RHP/3B||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|13||Lake Erie Crushers||Brian Dansereau||INF/OF||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|14||Southern Illinois Miners||Justin Ferrell||RHP||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|15||Tri-City ValleyCats||Zach Gelphman||3B||Ottawa Titans|
|16||Schaumburg Boomers||Tasker Strobel||LHP||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|17||Gateway Grizzlies||Tanner Cable||RHP||Ottawa Titans|
|18||New Jersey Jackals||Jack Weinberger||RHP||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|19||Sussex County Miners||Juan Kelly||INF||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
|20||Windy City ThunderBolts||Zach Racusin||OF||Ottawa Titans|
|21||Southern Illinois Miners||Tyler Sandoval||C||Trois-Rivieres Aigles|
Founded for the 1993 season, the Frontier League is the largest and longest running independent professional baseball league. An official Partner League of Major League Baseball, the Frontier League features 16 clubs stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Frontier League annually moves the most players into Major League Baseball organizations of any of the MLB Partner Leagues.