Patrick Scalabrini is not idle!
The manager of the Capitales de Québec is busy building his team for the next season and eleven players are already under contract.
After the signings of the first three pitchers of the offseason, namely Michael Austin, Samuel Adames and Marcos Encarnacion, three Québec players have been announced and will be important pieces of his puzzle next year.
We present them to you below and we also invite you to follow the links to the articles to discover the other players who will be part of your summer 2022.
David Glaude – Second Base
Named Canadian offensive player of the year in independent baseball by The Canadian Baseball Network, David Glaude was at the heart of the Équipe Québec offense in 2021 and will try to reproduce his batting exploits next season!
Capital resident David Glaude was dominant at bat, as evidenced by his offensive line of .308 / .382 / .493, including 27 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs and 75 RBIs. This performance was notably highlighted by the influential baseball site Canadian Baseball Network which awarded him the Murray Zuk Prize, awarded to the best Canadian offensive player playing in an independent league.
“At the start of the season, I thought this was going to be my last year in professional baseball, but only four days after our last playoff game, I already knew I wanted to come back and wear the Capitales colors. I can’t wait to be able to join my teammates again in order to bring the championship back to Québec! “, explains the principal concerned.
Miguel Cienfuegos – Pitcher
In his first season in professional baseball, Miguel Cienfuegos established himself as a pitcher his team could count on to win the big games. The left-hander will join Codie Paiva, Michael Austin and John Witkowski in the rotation.
Cienfuegos, nicknamed “Cookie”, stood out in 2021 in what was his first year in professional baseball. On the mound, the southpaw made 22 starts, pitched 116 innings, struck out 80 batters and limited free passes to 25. Off the field, he quickly gained confidence throughout the season and became a leader in the locker room, a role he hopes to develop further during the next campaign.
“Although I was able to take my place with Équipe Québec, I believe that the next step is to be able to bring everyone together and keep the players responsible for their actions and their role in the team”, explains the native of Montreal just before his departure for Panama where he will play in a winter league in order to live an experience he dreams of, raise his player profile and be spotted by scouts from Major League teams.
Jonathan Lacroix – Outfielder
After two years in the organization of the Houston Astros, the outfielder established himself in camp and throughout the season with his high-caliber defense. He also balances the offensive alignment with his strike from the left and his speed, two other assets for his manager.
Lacroix, a native of the Québec metropolis, earned the position of center fielder in 2021 and his defense made the difference all season by committing only two errors during his 93 games played (out of a total of 96). At batting, the southpaw averaged .258 and produced 20 doubles, 3 triples and 4 home runs.
“With his performances last year, Jonathan fully deserves to come back to the squad, especially considering his excellent second half of the season which lets us predict a big year in 2022”, observes manager Patrick Scalabrini.
The Capitales open the 2022 season with a 9-game, 10-day road trip to Chicago and Indiana starting on Friday, May 13 before opening the home schedule at Stade Canac on Tuesday, May 24.