BJ SABOL RETURNS TO WASHINGTON

The pitching staff for the 2021 Washington Wild Things grew today with the team announcing the return of lefty BJ Sabol, who will be with the club for a third season after beginning his pro career with the team in 2018. He becomes the eighth pitcher officially announced to the roster for the upcoming season.

Sabol returns after posting a 3.24 ERA in 44 games from the bullpen in 2019. He logged 41.2 innings and struck out 56 batters against just 17 walks. Left-handed hitters batted just .143 against Sabol that season. Out of 86 lefties faced, he allowed 11 hits, seven walks and fanned 35.

“We are pleased to have BJ locked in for 2021. He adds a dynamic layer to our bullpen, historically being one of the most dominant arms versus left-handed hitters,” said president and general manager Tony Buccilli. “BJ has taken this extended time away to focus on his next level development and we look forward to showcasing his hard work.”

Sabol did not play in the 2020 summer pod in Washington, but said it aided the urge to come back for the upcoming season.

“I was really looking forward to the 2020 season and when that was taken away from us I really had the urge to come back for 2021,” said Sabol. “When I look back on the first couple years of being a Wild Thing the thing that sticks out to me are the teammates I had. The camaraderie that we all have with each other is truly unique. You don’t always get that kind of cohesiveness in a locker room where everyone’s competing for a job.”

In 2018, Sabol appeared in 12 games and logged 13.2 innings with 15 strikeouts. In seven of those appearances he didn’t allow an earned run. In only one of those did he allow an unearned run.

The start to his pro career came off a collegiate career pitching for the Indiana Hoosiers, where he was 7-3 in three seasons with a 3.70 ERA in 68 games, all from the pen. In 92.1 innings, he punched out 99 and allowed 76 hits.

Sabol said the layoff has allowed him to focus on some different aspects of training and other things.

“I have been really focusing on my diet and getting stronger. I feel like in the past I have been in good shape but lacked strength,” said Sabol. “Over the last year, I have really been trying to hit the gym hard and move some weight. I am excited to hopefully see that transfer to the mound during the 2021 season.”

He said he hopes for a bounce back from a team standpoint in 2021.

“As many people know, 2019 was a little bit of a let down especially after we had so much success in 2018,” said Sabol. “I anticipate a much different 2021 season and I see the Wild Things as a serious playoff team. Our goal will be to reach the Frontier League Championship Series, as we did in 2018, but this time win it.”

Sabol and the rest of the Wild Things will report in May to get ready for the 2021 campaign.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, partner league of Major League Baseball, that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won six division titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media platforms and website, washingtonwildthings.com. For other inquiries, call the front office at 724-250-9555.

TITANS ADD FORMER TORONTO FARMHAND

The Ottawa Titans Baseball Club announced today the signing of right-handed pitcher Justin Watts for the 2021 season.

Watts, 27, last played in 2019 when he appeared in 11 games, tossing 14 innings with an ERA of 3.21, and striking out 18 with the Midwest League’s Lansing Lugnuts. The Bryan, Ohio native was selected in the 37th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He brings much-needed depth to the Titans bullpen which already has righty’s Mateos Kekatos and Cody Mincey.

“Justin brings a lot of depth to our back end bullpen this season,” said Titans Manager Steve Brook. “He’s had success with the Blue Jays lower-level affiliates and I’m excited to see what he can do with this opportunity in the Frontier League. I know he’s very excited to get to Ottawa and prove that he deserves to pitch at a high level.”

A graduate of the University of Northern Kentucky (Highland Heights, Kentucky), Watts will enter his fourth full season of professional baseball. He is a lifetime 7-4, with a 3.04 ERA across 83 innings pitched in 49 career minor league games reaching as high as class-A. The 27-year-old has experience playing in Canada, as he suited up for the Vancouver Canadians in 2018 going 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 36.2 innings.

Watts played alongside current major leaguers like Alejandro Kirk, Nate Pearson, and Dany Jimenez during his time in the Blue Jays organization.

The Ottawa Titans are scheduled to hit the field in late Spring of 2021 playing in the Frontier League, a partner league of Major League Baseball.

BOOMERS ADD INFIELDER ANGELO GUMBS

The Schaumburg Boomers have announced the signing of infielder Angelo Gumbs for the 2021 season..

Gumbs, 28, is a native of Torrance, California where he was a standout at Torrance High School. The New York Yankees drafted him in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He spent six seasons (2010-2015) in the Yankees minor league system. In total Gumbs appeared in 369 games producing 318 hits, with 68 doubles and 150 RBIs for the Yankees affiliates.

“We are very excited to have Angelo joining us. He is a talented individual that should be a big producer for us,” said manager Jamie Bennett. “Aside from his talent he has always had a reputation for playing hard and bringing energy to the ball club every day. His experience will be a big plus for this team”

The Cincinnati Reds signed the infielder in 2016 where he would spend the next two seasons. He had a strong season with the Single-A Daytona Tortugas, hitting .298 with 11 homeruns and 55 RBIs in 98 games. In 376 at-bats he scored 54 runs, hit 18 doubles, achieved a .342 on base percentage, and a .460 slugging percentage for a .803 OPS. Gumbs was promoted to the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2017 and played in 54 games, hitting .231, with 34 hits. Pensacola was named the Southern League Co-Champions after the championship series was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Gumbs spent the 2018 season playing for the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association. In his only season of independent baseball he hit .276, with four homers, and 21 RBIs in 241 plate appearances.

“Signing a player with Angelo’s experience makes the club better in multiple ways. Not only is he an experienced bat, but he is as good of a clubhouse guy as they come,” said hitting coach Derek Shomon. “He has been in the game since 2010, after being drafted in the 2nd round out of high school. Although he is not a veteran by league classification, he certainly brings a veteran feel. We are very excited to have him for the upcoming season.”

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FRONTIER LEAGUE WELCOMES TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS

The Frontier League has unanimously accepted the Tri-City ValleyCats as the league’s 16th member.  The ValleyCats had been members of the New York-Penn League and were an affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Tri-City began play at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in the 2002 season.  Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is located on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.  Over the past five seasons the ValleyCats have averaged over 4,100 fans per game.  They won the New York-Penn League championship in 2010, 2013, and 2018 and hosted the NYPL All-Star Game in both 2008 and 2017.  The Tri-City ValleyCats franchise has been recognized with a variety of awards throughout the baseball industry to go along with personal accolades for key officials, including Rick Murphy (President), Matt Callahan (General Manager), and Michelle Skinner (Assistant General Manager). In 2015, ValleyCats founder, Bill Gladstone, was named King of Baseball in recognition for his longtime dedication and service to baseball.

Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee says, “We are honored and excited to welcome the Tri-City ValleyCats to our League. They enjoy a tremendous reputation in professional baseball for their strong ownership and exemplary management. The ValleyCats also have a great fan base. We are anxious for their fans to see Frontier League baseball. 2021 could not start better for the Frontier League than to have the ValleyCats join our family.”

“We are excited to join the Frontier League and eager to start this new chapter in ValleyCats baseball. We feel that this opportunity is the best fit for our fans, franchise, and facility as we look forward,” said ValleyCats President, Rick Murphy.  “We would also like to thank Commissioner Bill Lee, the entire leadership of the Frontier League, and the fifteen other teams for welcoming us as new members.”

“The Boulders are thrilled with the addition of the ValleyCats to the Frontier League,” commented Shawn Reilly, President of the New York Boulders.  “The Gladstone family runs one of the best organizations in all of minor league baseball. To have them join our League is very exciting and reinforces our league as the premier Major League Baseball Partner League.  We look forward to many years of spirited competition to win the title as the best Frontier League team in New York State.”

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 independent leagues.

TOM VAETH TO LEAD WILD THINGS IN 2021

The Washington Wild Things have tabbed Tom Vaeth the team’s new field manager and Alex Boshers the new pitching coach. The announcement of the new field staff, which will begin its work this coming season, comes on the heels of the team’s announcement that former manager Gregg Langbehn has retired from professional baseball.

Vaeth, a long-time assistant for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association, becomes the team’s 10th manager. He’ll be the first new manager since the 2016 season when Langbehn took the reigns of the club.

He has managerial experience in the California Winter League and on an interim basis with the Goldeyes, but this will be his first professional full-time managerial job. Vaeth stepped down from the Winnipeg organization after the 2019 season, following 17 years as an assistant with the team in numerous roles such as player procurement, base coach, hitting coach and bullpen coach. He oversaw numerous American Association All Stars, league leaders and award winners.

“Tom brings a wealth of knowledge from his time in the American Association and carries that demeanor to reach for more,” said president and general manager Tony Buccilli. “I am eager to work with him and his staff to make an immediate impact in 2021. We will continue to bring an exciting brand of baseball that resonates with fans.”

After narrowly missing out on the manager position for the Cleburne Railroaders (American Association) prior to 2019, the Baltimore, Maryland, native returned to the Goldeyes. A last-minute change of mind from Cleburne’s ownership pulled the rug on what would’ve been his first managerial position.

Vaeth was a part of 10 playoff appearances and three championship-winning teams during his tenure in Winnipeg. Now he comes to Washington looking to be the first manager to deliver a championship to the organization and its fans.

“First of all I would like to thank the ownership and front office staff for giving me this opportunity. I am extremely humbled and grateful to join such a class organization,” said Vaeth. “Over the years I have watched the Wild Things organization become a premiere destination in baseball and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their history and tradition going forward. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the stadium, the area and the wonderful fans… [I] cannot wait for the spring to get things going.”

Vaeth has selected former Goldeyes’ pitcher Alex Boshers as his pitching coach. It will be Boshers’ first coaching job in professional baseball. Boshers played four seasons at Tennessee-Martin in college before embarking on a six-year career in independent ball, most of which was spent in the American Association between Wichita, Winnipeg and Sioux Falls. He also made a stop with Southern Maryland in the Atlantic League.

“I would like to thank Tom Vaeth and the entire Washington Wild Things organization for this exciting opportunity to work for them,” said Boshers. “I have heard nothing but great things about the team, culture and the front office and I am excited for May to get here so we can start preparing to win a championship!”

The new field staff will look to make an impact early on when the team reports in May for the 2021 season. 

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, partner league of Major League Baseball, that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won six division titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media platforms and website, washingtonwildthings.com. For other inquiries, call the front office at 724-250-9555.

 

GREGG LANGBEHN RETIRES FROM PRO BASEBALL

The Washington Wild Things announced today that manager Gregg Langbehn has decided to retire from professional baseball, which completes his tenure with the team that began in 2016. Langbehn retires as the second-most tenured manager in organization history by games managed and second winningest manager in team history behind John Massarelli.

Langbehn helped to bring stability to the position that the Wild Things were not familiar with after Massarelli’s tenure came to an end following the 2007 season. The team had run through six managers in the previous nine years and a manager-by-committee for part of 2014 before hiring Langbehn. His tenure included an East Division Championship (2018), a Frontier League Championship Series appearance (2018) and two total playoff appearances, with the other coming in 2017. Under his guidance, he managed an MVP (James Harris, 2018), a Pitcher of the Year (Thomas Dorminy, 2018) a Citizenship Award winner (Rashad Brown, 2017), 21 All Stars and saw eight of his players’ contracts purchased.

Now the Wisconsin native and resident heads home after nine seasons as a Frontier League manager, five years spent managing in the Houston Astros’ farm system and two seasons as the Video Replay Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, all of which followed eight seasons spent playing in the minors.

“It was a great run working with Gregg and getting to know his family. He played such a pivotal role creating a culture, holding players accountable and bringing the stability we strived for,” said president and general manager Tony Buccilli. “We appreciate his efforts over the years and know stepping away was not an easy decision for him.”

Langbehn’s 190 wins in a Wild Things’ uniform are the second most in team history, while his 457 wins, between the four years with the Wild Things and five with the Traverse City Beach Bums (2009-13), rank him seventh all time in Frontier League history. New Ottawa and former manager in River City Steve Brook would have been what Langbehn was chasing for sixth on the charts. Langbehn was named Frontier League Manager of the Year in 2012 while managing the Beach Bums to a 64-32 record.

Langbehn shared the following statement on his retirement, thanking the Wild Things’ organization and fans:

“I want to thank the Wild Things ownership group, everyone in the front office, game day workers, the fans and host families for five fantastic seasons. Additionally, I would like to thank Train, the greatest bus driver in the history of professional baseball. Retiring is never easy, however, after 30 years in pro ball, I will be staying home with my family full time to have the opportunity to watch my kids grow up before they head off to college. Furthermore, thank you to my awesome wife Shelly. She is the backbone of our family and makes sure the kids are always taken care of and gets them to the places they need to be at the appropriate time. Finally, thanks to all of my friends, family, former teammates, coaches, colleagues, managers and the Frontier League. Your help and support throughout the years always guided me in the right direction. Best wishes to everyone and once again, thank you!”

The search for a new manager has been completed by the Wild Things. The new Washington field staff is expected to be announced Wednesday.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, partner league of Major League Baseball, that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won six division titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media platforms and website, washingtonwildthings.com. For other inquiries, call the front office at 724-250-9555.

CURRENT, FORMER CAPITALES ACTIVE IN WINTER BASEBALL

While several winter seasons are in full swing in the southern hemisphere, the Capitales present an overview of the performances of the organization’s alumni.

Veteran Yurisbel Gracial completed his third season in Japan with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. His team recently won his 4 th consecutive championship. This means that the Cuban has collected top honors every season since his debut in Asia. During the 2020 season, he once again demonstrated all his skills. He hit 10 home runs, produced 37 points and kept a batting average at .286 in 72 games.

A well-known figure in Quebec, shortstop Yordan Manduley also caught the eye in Cuba. Manduley had his best season with the Holguin team in the Cuban National Series. He led his team with a .350 batting average. Additionally, despite the season cut short due to the pandemic, he broke a personal best home run record with 9. With his 1,064 hits in the Holguin uniform, he is now the Cuban franchise record holder.  Manduley is committed for the next few months in the Venezuelan winter league, where several other former Capitales are also playing.

Indeed, David Richardson (2019), Roel Santos (2016) and Casey Harman (2013) currently play in this high caliber league. In addition, the Dominican Samuel Adames who will join the Capitales for the 2021 season has also signed a contract in Venezuela, for the same team as Manduley, the Navegantes de Magallane, the oldest team in the Venezuelan professional league.

Among other former Capitales standing out in the southern hemisphere, pitcher Lazaro Blanco has had a magnificent season in Cuba. He finished the last campaign in Cuba with a record of 7 wins, 1 loss and an earned run average of 2.01 in 62.2 innings of work with the Granma team. Blanco is currently playing in Nicaragua.

As for a fan favorite, the imposing slugger Balbino Fuenmayor is currently pursuing his career in Mexico.  Fuenmayor also played in the Frontier League, being named a 2013 All-Star with the Frontier Greys.  Outfielder Yoelkis Guibert, who would have taken part in the 2020 season with the Capitales if it had taken place, is also playing in Mexico. Finally, the Canadian outfielder Connor Panas, whose return to Quebec would be possible in 2021, takes part in the winter season in Colombia.

AIGLES ANNOUNCE STAFF PROMOTIONS

The owners of the Aigles de Trois-Rivières, Michel Côté and Jean Tremblay, announce the promotion of René Martin to president and addition of Simon Laliberté as general manager.

General manager of Les Aigles since October 2014, Martin becomes the third president of the organization. In his new role, Martin will lead the corporate sales and major projects sectors, in addition to occupying a leading role within the Mauritian community.

“Developing minor baseball at a young age and providing a professional level of play for amateurs are the things that are most important to me in my professional life. I am extremely proud and blessed to contribute to the expansion of this sport. By accepting the role of president, I will have more time to devote myself to it and also continue to rally the corporate community of our region behind our magnificent project,” said Martin.

Laliberté back in the organization

Martin describes his new CEO, Simon Laliberté, as a very organized person, with a dynamic vision and a thirst for success.

“I have enormous confidence in Simon. Through our close collaboration in various projects, I am certainly the one best placed to understand the great addition that we have just achieved. I knew that one day he would make the jump in his career and it is a pride that it is with us,” commented Martin.

Laliberté becomes the fourth general manager in the history of the Aigles. Aged 27, the Trois-Rivières native has spent the last two years at the head of the communications and marketing department of Les Cataractes de Shawinigan. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Sherbrooke, Laliberté has an impressive track record in the field of management and sport. It will be a return to the organization of the Aigles, he who held various positions from 2013 to 2018, including those of communications and marketing director for four seasons and radio broadcaster almost all of his time.

“The Aigles have always held a special place in my heart and it is an honor to accept this challenge. With the team’s entry into the Frontier League and the partnership with Major League Baseball  I am confident that the product and experience we are going to deliver to fans will be taken to a new level during the next few seasons,” commented Laliberté.

In addition to overseeing the entire administrative aspect, Laliberté will reconnect with Matthew Rusch, who was appointed manager last October.

“Although he was hired before my arrival, I found it logical and deserved to offer Matthew this opportunity. He is a competent person who has all my respect and above all, I know his feeling of belonging to the team and to the city. I will make sure to give him all the necessary tools to place a competitive team on the field.”

After spending seven seasons in the Can-Am League, the Aigles will begin this summer with a new start in the Frontier League. This circuit, founded in 1993, currently brings together 15 teams located in Canada and the United States.

 

AIGLES ADD FORMER TRIPLE-A PLAYERS

The Trois-Rivières Aigles have acquired infielder Chris Clare (Experience-2) and pitcher Justin Ferrell (Experience-2), both previously drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Chris Clare, from Fort Mill, South Carolina, spent time at the AA and AAA levels for the Baltimore Orioles in 2019. That season he recorded 30 hits, including six doubles, and drove in 11 runs while scoring 20 over 155 plate appearances. A 21st round draft pick by Baltimore out of High Point University in 2016, Clare was named First Team All-Big South Conference in college and was a mid-season All-Star for the South Atlantic League’s Delmarva Shorebirds in 2017.

“Chris brings the playing experience at the AA and AAA levels, with the ability to play multiple infield positions. A right-handed hitter is always good in a lineup and fans can see him in action almost every night,” stated Matthew Rusch, manager of the team.

Justin Ferrell, meanwhile, is from Broken Arrow in Oklahoma. He came to Mauricie after having worked for the Houston Astros organization for 6 years, including five games at Triple-A Round Rock in 2019.  He was also named “Reliever of the Year” in 2018, with an earned run average of 2.92 over 34 appearances between Buies Creek and Corpus Christi.

Drafted in 2014 by the Astros in the 36th round out of Connors State Junior College, Ferrell has posted a career 3.88 ERA to go with a 27-22 record and 11 saves.

“Justin is a great addition for the Aigles. He will demonstrate great leadership to our pitching staff. His skills and experience will make him a key element of our success in 2021,” added Rusch.

TITANS ADD WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CATCHER SANCHEZ

The Ottawa Titans Baseball Club announced Monday the signing of former Major League Catcher and 2012 World Series champion Hector Sanchez.

Sanchez, 31, spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, and San Diego Padres between 2011-2017. The Maracay, Venezuela native was a member of the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks in 2019, playing alongside Titans Pitching Coach Cody Mincey.

“Hector Sanchez brings exceptional abilities to the organization both on and off the field,” said Titans Manager Steve Brook. “He is a true professional and fierce competitor. His professional experience speaks for itself. I’m very excited to see what Hector will accomplish this season and beyond.”

Signed as an amateur free agent out of his native Venezuela in 2006 by the Giants, Sanchez cracked the big-league roster in 2011, hitting a career .238 in 347 major league games. He also added 21 home runs and 120 RBI’s.

Sanchez’s career accolades include a World Series ring with the Giants in 2012. He was also behind the plate when Tim Lincecum tossed his second career no-hitter on June 25th, 2014.

He left affiliated baseball for the Long Island Ducks in 2019, where he played in 98 games, hitting .273 with nine homers, and drove in 58 runs.

The Ottawa Titans are scheduled to hit the field in late Spring of 2021 playing in the Frontier League, a partner league of Major League Baseball.

CANADIANS ELLIOTT CURTIS AND MATEOS KEKATOS AGREE TO TERMS WITH TITANS

As the busy offseason for the Ottawa Titans Baseball Club continues, the club announced Friday the signings of Canadian Infielder Elliott Curtis and Pitcher Mateos Kekatos.

Curtis, 22, is a recent graduate of the NCAA’s University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY) after transferring from Middle Tennessee State (Murfreesboro, TN) before the 2019 season. The Kitchener, Ontario native primarily plays 2nd base, but during his collegiate career, he also played 3rd and 1st base.

Named to the first all-Canadian team by the Canadian Baseball Network in 2018, Curtis will hit the field for his first full season of professional baseball in 2021. A left-handed hitter, Curtis hit a career .281, adding three home runs and drove in 22 runs in 64 career collegiate games. The 2020 season was shaping up to be a great one for Curtis as he hit .294 with a home run and four RBI’s before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

Kekatos, 22, spent four seasons in USports baseball with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia. The Toronto, Ontario native has some professional baseball experience as he suited up for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League in 2019. Kekatos brings a lot of upside to Ottawa as he can pitch as a starter and come on in relief.

In nine games professionally (three starts, six in relief) with Toronto, Kekatos earned a record of 2-1 across 25.1 innings pitched with a 6.03 earned run average. The right-hander surrendered 30 hits in his rookie season, walking 13 and striking out 20.

“Kekatos and Curtis are both rookies to professional baseball,” said Titans Manager Steve Brook. “I’m excited to see what each of these young men can do with the opportunity this season and beyond. Mateos has the versatility to both start and come out of the bullpen. Elliott is a defensive-minded middle infielder who was on route to a breakout season his at Kentucky before his season ended with an injury. Both guys will compete this spring for positions on our opening day roster.”

The Ottawa Titans are scheduled to hit the field in late Spring of 2021 playing in the Frontier League, a partner league of Major League Baseball.

BOULDERS ADD MORE LOCAL TALENT WITH ACQUISITION OF PASCOE

The New York Boulders added another local talent to their roster with the acquisition of former Arlington High School (Lagrangeville, NY) standout pitcher Mike Pascoe.

First-year Boulders’ manager T.J. Stanton picked up the righthander, a 2016 graduate of Arlington, located just outside of Poughkeepsie, in a trade with the Windy City Thunderbolts (Frontier League) in exchange for lefthanded reliever Doug Domnarski.

The Boulders also announced the signings of a pair of big bats in outfielder Kevonte Mitchell and utility man Tucker Nathans, as well as righthanded pitcher Austin Hutchison and lefthander Braden Pearson as Stanton continues to construct a roster for the team’s initial season in the Frontier League.

Nathans, 32, is also a local product, born in Warwick, NY, in nearby Orange County.

Pascoe, 22, was selected in the 2018 Major League Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays out of San Jacinto (TX) College. He split the 2018 and 2019 seasons with a trio of Toronto Class A teams – the Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian League), Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League) and the Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League) and should give Stanton a reliable arm out of the bullpen this coming season.

This past summer, Pascoe participated in the All-American Baseball Challenge with the Palisades Credit Union-based New York Brave.

Meanwhile, Nathans gives Stanton a lefthanded bat in the order and a player who can play the infield and outfield equally well.

Nathans spent the 2013 through 2017 seasons in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, reaching as high as Class AAA ball in 2017 with the Norfolk Tides of the International League.

In 2019, Nathans played with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Can-Am League and, in 95 games, hit .289 with a dozen home runs and 56 RBI. He also spent this past summer in the AABC with the Jersey WiseGuys.

Mitchell, a 25-year-old righthanded hitting outfielder described by Stanton as a highly athletic power hitter, was a 13th round choice of the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 Major League Draft, signing with the organization directly out of Kennett (MO) High School.

He played from 2014 to 2019 in the Cubs’ organization, the last two seasons (2018 and 2019) with their Class A Carolina League team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. In 2019, Mitchell hit 14 home runs in 104 games.

Hutchison, 25, a righthanded pitcher, was selected in the 2017 Major League Draft by the Seattle Mariners out of East Tennessee State University. He spent from 2017 to 2019 in the Mariners’ organization, reaching as high the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League in 2018. In 2019, Hutchison pitched for the Modesto Nuts of the Class A California League.

The lefthanded Pearson, 24, signed as a free agent out of Texas State University in 2018 by the Texas Rangers. He was assigned that summer to the Rangers’ Arizona League rookie team. In 2019, Pearson pitched for the Cleburne Railroaders 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.

TITANS SIGN VERSATILE OUTFIELDER NICK ANDERSON

As the 2021 season looms, the Ottawa Titans Baseball Club announced Wednesday the signing of outfielder Nick Anderson.

Anderson, 23, last played in 2019 when he appeared in 107 games split between NCAA’s Texas A&M Corpus Christi University (Corpus Christi, Texas) and the Frontier League’s River City Rascals. The Sugar Land, Texas native plays all three outfield positions and brings much-needed versatility to Ottawa. He was acquired from the Gateway Grizzlies on December 2nd in exchange for a player to be named later.

“Acquiring Nick Anderson is a major benefit to the organization,” said Titans Manager Steve Brook. “Nick is a highly defensive outfielder who also brings significant depth to our lineup. As a rookie in 2019, Anderson brought an impressive professional approach to the game at such a young age. He was a clutch player on both ends of the field, hitting over .500 in the Frontier League postseason in 2019. I’m thrilled to have Nick back on my roster and in the clubhouse this season.”

Once a Southland Conference All-Defensive Team member and Texas Collegiate Top Prospect, Anderson will enter his first full season of professional baseball. A right-handed hitter and fielder, Anderson was a lifetime .275 hitter, slugging 18 home runs and adding 118 RBI’s in 214 career collegiate games. The 23-year-old was signed by the River City Rascals following the college season, playing 50 games, he notched a batting average of .242 with 11 doubles and 10 runs’ driven in, as the Rascals took home the Frontier League championship.

Earlier this week, the Titans pulled off a three-team trade, as Manager Steve Brook acquired infielder Trevor Achenbach from the Sussex County Miners. In the deal, the Titans sent Yeison Medina to the New Jersey Jackals along with a player to be named later to Sussex County.

Achenbach, 26, spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the River City Rascals, hitting a cumulative .287 with 19 round-trippers and 81 RBI’s, including a 2019 Frontier League All-Star nomination.

The Ottawa Titans are scheduled to hit the field in late Spring of 2021 playing in the Frontier League, a partner league of Major League Baseball.

OTTAWA TITANS EXPAND OWNERSHIP GROUP AHEAD OF 2021 SEASON

The Ottawa Titans Baseball Club announced Monday the expansion of the team’s ownership group to join Sam Katz and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

The Titans are pleased to welcome Jacques J.M. Shore to the team’s ownership group. Shore is a partner of the international law firm Gowling WLG and is past chair of the firm’s Government Affairs Practice. With extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Shore is an adviser to numerous Canadian and international companies and governments on legal, regulatory, public policy, and strategic issues. He has also acted as lead negotiator and legal counsel on many business and government-related initiatives, including federal commissions of inquires.

Active in the Ottawa community, Mr. Shore is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for dedicated service to Canada, and the Ontario Volunteer Service Award. He has held positions on many not-for-profit corporations,
including as Chair of the Board of Governors of Carleton University, where he served as a Board Governor for thirteen years.

A strong advocate of the importance of preserving, promoting, and enhancing our national heritage and culture, Mr. Shore is a co-founder and current Chair of the Library and Archives Canada Foundation.

Mr. Shore is also a published author and artist. His published works include articles on law and public policy, op-eds, as well as two children’s books, and an illustrated book of short stories.

Mr. Shore is married and has three daughters.

A long-time baseball fan, Mr. Shore is delighted to be part of the return of baseball to Ottawa and looks forward to cheering in the stands for the Ottawa Titans Baseball Club!

“I am proud we are bringing baseball back to our nation’s capital,” said Shore. “We look forward to putting a talented team on the diamond at our terrific ballpark! We can’t wait to see our new fans come out and cheer for the Ottawa Titans. Now, let’s play ball!”

The Ottawa Titans are scheduled to hit the field in late Spring of 2021 playing in the Frontier League, a partner league of Major League Baseball.

FORMER BOOMER CONNER REED NAMED PITCHING COACH

The Schaumburg Boomers have announced the addition of Connor Reed to the 2021 coaching staff. He will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

Reed, 26, enters his first season as a professional coach after spending the 2019 season as a pitcher for the Boomers. He replaces Tony Smith, who joined the Detroit Tigers organization as a player development coach.

Prior to the 2019 season with the Boomers, Reed spent two seasons pitching for the Lake Erie Crushers (2016-2017). During his Frontier League career, he pitched 220-plus innings both as a starter and reliever. He racked up a record of 12-16 with a 4.33 ERA and 161 strikeouts.

“I am very excited to bring Connor on as our pitching coach,” said manager Jamie Bennett. “He has really progressed over the last couple of years as an instructor and has gotten a lot of positive feedback in his time at AHQ. He knows what we are trying to do here and has a great understanding of independent baseball and the players. Most importantly Connor is an extremely hard worker that is always going to do what needs to be done to make the player and the Boomers succeed.”

Reed takes over the 2019 pitching staff that recorded the lowest ERA in franchise history. That ERA of 3.65 was also third best in the Frontier League.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to be the pitching coach under Jamie Bennett,” said Reed. “My lone season as a player in Schaumburg was a great one, and I’m looking forward to many more seasons as pitching coach.”

Reed is the Assistant Director of Pitching & Overhead Throwing at Athletes HQ in Elgin, IL. He works with baseball and softball players at the professional and collegiate level. Reed played college baseball at Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, AR.

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