VALLEYCATS ANNOUNCE FIRST ROUND OF 2022 PROMOTIONS

The fun kicks off on May 17, when the Tri-City ValleyCats return from their opening road trip for their home Opening Day and 20th Season Kickoff! Later on in the homestand, a four-legged fan favorite returns with Bark in the Park on May 22. Can’t make it? You’re in luck! Bark in the Park is back on August 30 for its second installment! Fans can travel to A Galaxy Far Far Away on July 23 and cast spells on August 12 for Wizard Night. Then get ready to trick-or-treat when SouthPaw’s Not-So-Scary Halloween returns on August 31. Other fan favorites featured in Friday’s announcement include Italian Night (August 5), Scout Night (August 13), and NFL Night (August 14).

The Frontier League typically does not play games on Mondays, however, we were able to work with the league to continue the long-standing tradition of baseball at “the Joe” on the 4th of July. The ‘Cats will host the Ottawa Titans in a rare Monday game to celebrate Independence Day.

We’ll be celebrating our 20-season history every Thursday with Throwback Thursdays (June 2, June 16, June 23, July 7, August 4, August 18, and September 1), and will be celebrating the Capital Region with 518 Days (May 18, May 31, June 2, June 14, and July 5) featuring special deals around the ballpark. The regular season concludes on September 4 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium with Fans for Life Night!

Additional theme nights and other promotions are coming soon, visit tcvalleycats.com for the latest information regarding the 2022 season. Individual game tickets go on sale on March 21 at 10 AM! To book a group outing or ticket plan, visit the team’s website or call 518-629-CATS.

OTTERS SIGN FOUR TO CONTRACT EXTENSIONS

The Evansville Otters have signed outfielder Elijah MacNamee and pitchers Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Spring, and Jacob Bowles to contract extensions for the 2022 season.

Elijah MacNamee, from Cypress, Texas, is entering his third season with the Otters. In 2021, MacNamee hit .292 with 62 runs, 15 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 45 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 92 games played.

MacNamee joined the Otters in July 2019 following his senior season at Mississippi State. While with Mississippi State, MacNamee was a member of two College World Series appearances in 2018-19, and a member of a Super Regional appearance in 2017.

In his collegiate career at Mississippi State, MacNamee batted .287 with 113 runs, 37 doubles, 17 home runs, 116 RBIs, and 60 walks in 170 games played and 154 games started. He also had a career .441 slugging percentage and a .367 on-base percentage.

Ryan O’Reilly joined the Otters for his first season in professional baseball out of the University of Illinois – Chicago in 2021. O’Reilly went 5-4 in 12 starts with a 2.89 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched.

O’Reilly, a Mokena, Illinois native, started 13 games for the UIC Flames in 2021, compiling a 4-5 record over 68.0 innings pitched, allowing 46 earned runs off 72 hits, 30 walks, and 53 strikeouts.

Prior to his tenures at UIC, O’Reilly threw for two seasons at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. While with the Trojans, Triton College won back-to-back regional championships in 2017 and 2018.

Tyler Spring is entering his second season with the Otters. In 2021, Spring was 6-0 with one save and a 2.54 ERA in 40 appearances and 56.2 innings pitched. He struck out 62 batters.

Spring, from Wiggins, Miss., played collegiately at Southern Mississippi and at Mississippi State, where he teamed up with MacNamee. He started his college career at Jones College, where he was a NJCAA first team All-State and national team member in 2018.

Jacob Bowles joined the Otters for his first season in professional baseball in 2021. Bowles posted a 2.57 ERA with 20 strikeouts and a save in 11 appearances and 28 innings pitched in 2021 for the Otters.

Bowles, a University of Southern Indiana product, is a native of Mount Washington, Kentucky. In five seasons with USI, Bowles compiled a winning record of 12-8, with a 4.98 ERA.

Bowles pitched in 11 games for the Screaming Eagles in the 2021 season, while making eight starts. Over 58.1 innings, Bowles threw to a 4.47 ERA.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.

RHP DAREN OSBY RETURNING TO WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things have re-signed right-handed pitcher Daren Osby to help anchor the pitching staff for the upcoming 20th season of Washington Wild Things baseball in the Frontier League in 2022. Osby will enter his fourth season of pro ball in 2022 and his second with Washington.

The Troy product logged 103 innings with the Wild Things in the 2021 regular season and fanned 96 opposing batters on his way to a 6-4 record. His 3.76 earned run average was the second best amongst Wild Things starting pitchers last season with at least 10 starts. His strikeout total was the ninth best in the entire Frontier League. He walked just 28.

Osby made three appearances in the postseason as well for Washington struck out 12 in 11.1 innings.

“[We’re] very happy to have Daren back with us for a second year in Washington. He is an important piece in what we do, what we want to be and what we want to accomplish as an organization,” said manager Tom Vaeth. “We look forward to watching him continue to progress not only as a pitcher but as a leader that will help anchor our pitching staff… We feel Daren is one of the top pitchers in the league and his success will go a long way into leading us back to the playoffs.”

President and General Manager Tony Buccilli, who helped bring Osby to Washington after his two seasons with the Joliet Slammers, said he’s excited to see Osby return.

“Daren works extremely hard to make sure he gets the ball every five days and give his team a chance to win,” said Buccilli. “Some breaks didn’t go his way but what he provides the rotation is invaluable. He comes from a great, supportive family and we are proud to have him as a Wild Thing.”

After the season in Washington wrapped up, Osby joined the Lexington Legends and was a part of the championship roster in the Atlantic League. The time in Washington came after two seasons with the Joliet Slammers, where he compiled 29 starts over the two seasons. He was 11-9 with Joliet with a 3.50 ERA in 2018 and a 2.95 ERA in 2019. He was a 2019 Frontier League All Star and won the 2018 title with the Slammers.

“I believe the 2021 season went well for me. I thought I could’ve been better in certain situations but that’s baseball. I have no complaints or want to hang my head about anything,” said Osby. “As a team the season was what we expected. Of course, we didn’t think we would start off in last place in the division but we knew from day one that we were a very good club and just had to figure things out. Once we did, we were very fun to watch.”

Osby said his main goal now is to bring a championship to Washington.

“I still have a sour taste in my mouth,” said Osby, who then described what brought him back. “The bonds I’ve made in Washington are unbelievable: from the fans to the staff at the stadium, the front office and most importantly my teammates. Once I saw a lot of guys were returning, I felt like I should come back and be a part of what we started. Nobody had us going that far last year and this year hopefully we can do it again and finish the job!”

The Wild Things will kick off their 20th Frontier League season May 13 at home against the New York Boulders. The full schedule is available at washingtonwildthings.com. Check out the roster as it gets announced by clicking here.

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 seven 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.

CAPITALES ADD PEDRO GONZALEZ AND WEBB LITTLE

Two new position players join the 2022 edition of the Capitales de Québec with the signings of outfielder Pedro Gonzalez and infielder Webb Little .

Gonzalez, 24, from the Dominican Republic, is a right-handed hitter who started his professional career in 2015 with the Colorado Rockies after being recognized as one of the top international prospects. He was later traded to the Texas Rangers in 2017, a season that saw him finish with impressive batting stats: .294/.364/.476. It was with this organization that his power developed at the A level, hitting 12 home runs in 2018 and 23 the following year, in addition to adding several doubles and triples to his record.  

In 2019, his performances earned him 24th place among the Rangers’ top prospects, a selection on the South Atlantic League All-Star Team and a tie for the league’s long-ball leader.

“Gonzalez has intriguing potential because he’s very athletic, has plenty of batting power and can really help us in the outfield with his speed and his arm,” manager Patrick Scalabrini said.

However, the 2021 season was more difficult for the 6’6” and 230 lbs athlete, after his promotion to the A+ level. Scalabrini is confident he will return to success in the Frontier League after hitting .238/.305/.413 in his six seasons in affiliate baseball.

For his part, Webb Little joins the team from the capital following a trade with the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League in return for a player to be named later. He has a more conventional track record than Gonzalez, but batting skills that have proven themselves at every stop so far in his career. In 2021, the 24-year-old left-handed hitter had his best campaign with an offensive line of .341/.425/.583, including 35 doubles, 6 triples and 15 home runs, stats that earned him a spot on the Pioneer League All-Star Team.

“I’ve had great feedback on Little and he’s a stick I’d like to see in the lineup, but his defensive role is yet to be determined,” according to Scalabrini.

With the recent signings of the Quebec organization and certain roles to be defined within the alignment, the start of training camp, scheduled for May 1, 2022, promises to be exciting for baseball fans in the Quebec City region.

BREWERS HIRE FORMER OTTER McGUFF

Former Evansville Otters pitcher Patrick McGuff has been hired by the Milwaukee Brewers organization to be a player development coach at the minor league level.

It has yet to be determined where McGuff will be assigned in the Brewers’ farm system, but McGuff is likely to be assigned to one of the Brewers’ Single-A affiliates, starting his Minor League coaching career with either the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers or the Low-A Carolina Mudcats.

“It couldn’t happen to a better guy,” Otters pitching coach Max Peterson stated. “He was always looking to learn and grow as a player, and it continued in his career as a coach.”

“I’m excited to see what his future holds because it’s very bright. Patrick is one of the best people I’ve met in this game.”

Most recently, McGuff spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach with the South Carolina Upstate baseball program, working with the pitchers. McGuff helped their pitching staff become one of the best in the Big South Conference and highly ranked among many statistical categories on a national level.

At the end of the 2021 season, Upstate ranked 16th in the NCAA in ERA (3.68), while leading the Big South in strikeouts per nine innings (9.1). The Spartans also recorded a 1.32 WHIP, good for 37th in the nation.

McGuff was a starting pitcher for the Evansville Otters for parts of 2018 and 2019. He was signed out of Evansville in 2018 by the Cincinnati Reds organization and signed from the Otters in 2019 by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

The former 36th round MLB draft pick out of Morehead State was one of the most dominant starters in the Frontier League while with the Otters.

McGuff combined to go 8-1 with a 1.25 ERA. In 11 total starts and 72 innings pitched, he struck out 86 batters.

In his last start in an Otters’ uniform on June 7, 2019, against the Schaumburg Boomers, McGuff went the distance, tossing a shutout. That day, he struck out 11 and had only a single hit off him.

“I couldn’t thank the coaching staff and the Evansville Otters organization enough for everything they’ve done to help further my career in baseball,” McGuff said.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.

The Evansville Otters will be bringing back outfielder Jeffrey Baez, infielder Gary Mattis, pitcher Logan Sawyer, and have also signed infielder Jomar Reyes, for the 2022 season.

Jeffrey Baez was a 2021 midseason acquisition for the Otters, being acquired in a trade with the Kane County Cougars of the American Association. For the Otters, Baez batted .319 with 14 runs, five doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 24 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 22 games played.

Earlier in 2021 with Kane County, Baez hit .296 with 41 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs, 49 RBIs, and eight stolen bases in 65 games played.

Originally from Venezuela, Baez spent eight years in the Chicago Cubs organization from 2011-18, reaching as high as Double-A with the Tennessee Smokies. Baez spent 2019 with Jackson, the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Overall, in the minors, Baez batted .258 with 416 runs, 661 hits, 125 doubles, 26 triples, 71 home runs, 320 RBIs, and 212 stolen bases.

Gary Mattis joined the Otters for his first season of professional baseball in 2021. In 38 games with the Otters, Mattis batted .293 with 24 runs, 15 extra-bases hits, 19 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases.

Mattis journeyed to Evansville following an illustrious tenure with the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs in his junior and senior seasons. In the Spring of 2021, Mattis was selected at the end of the 2021 Spring season as an NAIA Gold Glove award winner at the shortstop position and named the NAIA’s player of the year — the first in Tennessee Wesleyan baseball history.

Logan Sawyer went 3-5 with a 2.97 ERA, 48 strikeouts, and a Frontier League-leading 25 saves in 38 appearances and 36.1 innings pitched for the Otters in 2021. His 25 saves matched an Otters’ single season record with Edgar Lopez in 2015. Sawyer was named a 2021 Frontier League Postseason All-Star.

From Knoxville, Tenn., Sawyer came to the Otters with three seasons of affiliated baseball experience and four overall in professional baseball. Sawyer was drafted in the 29th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Colorado Rockies out of Lincoln Memorial University.

In three seasons with the Rockies organization, Sawyer totaled a 13-9 record with a 4.87 ERA and 125 strikeouts. He pitched a total of 190.1 innings in 60 appearances and 20 starts.

Jomar Reyes, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will be in his first season with the Otters. Reyes has affiliated level experience with the Baltimore Orioles, where he was a highly touted prospect. The infielder made it as high as Double-A Bowie.

Overall, in the Orioles’ farm system, Reyes batted .269 with 225 runs, 540 hits, 117 doubles, 39 home runs, and 248 RBIs. He has also played Dominican Winter League baseball for three seasons.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.

WILD THINGS ADD CATCHER ALEX ALVAREZ

The Washington Wild Things have signed catcher Alex Alvarez, who has played in the minors since 2014 in the Rays’ and Brewers’ organizations, to the 2022 roster. The team made the deal with Alvarez official today.

Alvarez, a Caracas, Venezuela, native, began his professional career in 2014 with the Rays’ organization and was with Tampa Bay through 2018. In that system, he reached as high as Single-A Bowling Green. His best season in those years at the plate came in 2015 when he slashed .270/.347/.392 with seven doubles, three homers and 21 RBI in 38 games (170 plate appearances).

The 25-year old played for Biloxi (AA) in the Brewers’ system in 2019 and hit .245 with eight doubles and 14 RBI in 157 plate appearances that season. He played in the Venezuelan Winter League in 2020-21. He caught at least 27% of would-be base stealers during his minor league career every season, with a career best 68% (25-37) in 2015 in the Venezuelan Summer League. He also played a few handfuls of games at first base in the minors.

“He’s a young player that’s very eager to get back after it and show that he deserves another chance in affiliated ball,” said manager Tom Vaeth. “Talking with him he is very excited about playing in Washington. With his experience at the Double-A level and track record of throwing out baserunners, we feel he can come in and compete for a starting position.”

The defensive prowess caught the eye of president and general manager Tony Buccilli.

“Alvarez comes in with a resume highlighted in defensive metrics. We place great value in a backstop who can handle the running game and execute the necessary plan with the pitching staff,” said Buccilli. “He will have the opportunity to make an impact here in Washington and we look forward to see where his development stands after some extended time off.”

The Wild Things will kick off their 20th Frontier League season May 13 at home against the New York Boulders. The full schedule is available at washingtonwildthings.com. Check out the roster as it gets announced by clicking here.

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 seven 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.

 

VALLEYCATS REVEAL 20th ANNIVERSARY LOGO & FIREWORKS DATES

2022 will mark the Tri-City ValleyCats’ second season as a member of the Frontier League, an official partner league of Major League Baseball, and the team’s twentieth season bringing professional baseball and affordable family fun to Upstate New York. Today, the team unveiled a logo commemorating their time in the Capital Region.The logo, which will be featured on merchandise and promotions, as well as displayed throughout the stadium during the season, features the facade of Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. On each of the two columns, the dates 2002 and 2022 are displayed prominently.

“The Joe” first opened its gates for ValleyCats baseball during their inaugural 2002 season. Following nearly two decades as the Houston Astros Short Season Single-A Affiliate, the ValleyCats entered the Frontier League in 2021, and independent baseball arrived at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. 93 former ValleyCats players have reached Major League Baseball, including 4x batting champion Jose Altuve, World Series MVPs George Springer and Ben Zobrist, All-Stars J.D. Martinez & Hunter Pence, Cy Young Award Winner Dallas Keuchel, 2020 World Series participants Kike Hernandez and Ryan Thompson, and RHP Andrew Bellatti. Since their inaugural season in 2002, the Tri-City ValleyCats have welcomed over 2.6 million fans to The Joe! On the field, the team has won eight Stedler Division titles and three New York-Penn League Championships. The ‘Cats have also hosted the NYPL All-Star Game twice during that span. The league’s signature event was held in Troy in both 2008 and more recently, 2017. The ‘Cats enjoyed a successful first campaign in the Frontier League as they finished 2nd in attendance and led the league with 10 players signed by MLB organizations. Field Manager, Pete Incaviglia, will be returning to the Capital Region along with a number of key contributors from the 2021 team that finished with a record of 50 wins and 46 losses.

Postgame fireworks shows at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium are a fan-favorite every season, and Monday the ‘Cats announced their fireworks schedule for their 20th season.

2022 Fireworks at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium:

  • Tuesday, May 17th – 6:30 PM – Opening Night
  • Saturday, May 21st – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, June 3rd – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 11th – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 16th – 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 25th – 7:00 PM
  • Monday, July 4th – 6:30 PM – Independence Day
  • Thursday, July 7th – 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 23rd – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, August 5th – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 14th – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 18th – 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 1st – 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 4th – 5:00 PM – Last Game of Regular Season

Start times, theme nights, and other promotions are coming soon, visit tcvalleycats.com for the latest information regarding the 2022 season. For more information on individual game, 2022 season tickets, and group outings, visit the ValleyCats’ website or call 518-629-CATS!

JUAN KELLY BACK IN TROIS-RIVIÈRES

The Trois-Rivières Aigles announce the return of first baseman Juan Kelly. The one who sparked many eyes in 2019 returns to Mauricie after an excellent season with the Sussex Miners where he maintained a batting average of .330.

Kelly, 27, maintained the Aigles’ best batting average (.321) in the team’s most recent season in 2019. In 221 batting appearances, he had slammed 13 doubles and 10 homers, in addition to maintain an attractive ratio of walks (34) and strikeouts (37). Last season, when his rights were loaned to Sussex County, he continued his momentum. Along with a .330 batting average, he hit 12 doubles, 5 triples, 6 homers and produced 49 points in 200 batting appearances.

“Juan is possibly the most exciting player in this league. He is a natural talent and a player with a lot of experience in professional baseball. In addition, he has the ability to strike from both sides of the plate and play in several positions on defense, ”said Trois-Rivières manager Matthew Rusch.

Prior to joining the Aigles in 2019, he spent seven years in the Toronto Jays organization between rookie and AA level.

 

DINGER DERBY COMING TO GCS BALLPARK

The Gateway Grizzlies are excited to host the Dinger Derby at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

10u, 9u and 8u teams will have the chance to take the same field as the Gateway Grizzlies in a three day tournament taking place over the weekend of May 20th-22nd.

 The Dinger Derby will have an opening ceremony taking place before the Gateway Grizzlies game on May 18th.  A pregame HR Derby will take place before the game with one representative from each team.

Cost: $500

Includes:

-Minimum three (3) games.

-15 tickets to May 18th Gateway Grizzlies game.

-Additional discounted tickets may be purchased for $12 for May 18th.

-One player per team will be allowed to represent their team in pregame HR Derby before the -May 18th Grizzlies game.

-Additional players may enter Dinger Derby for $20 (Limit 50 total players).

Tournament game times and format is TBD, games will be inside the May 20-22 window.

To sign up your team contact the Grizzlies Box Office 618.337.3000 ext 16, by email, or click here to download more information.

LIL Y’ALLERS BACK FOR 2022

The Florence Y’alls have announced that the Lil Y’allers League, the premier youth baseball league in greater Cincinnati, will return for the 2022 season.  The Lil Y’allers League is designed to help children aged 3-8 develop and understanding and love for the game of baseball from a young age while having fun!

The Lil Y’allers is split into three segments.  A T-Ball League for kids 3-4 years old is played from 8:30 to 10:00 on Saturday mornings, beginning on April 30.  Coach pitch leagues play Monday evenings starting on May 2 and are split into groups for ages 5-6 (5:30-7:00) and 7-8 (7:00-8:30).

Registration for the Lil Y’allers League is $135 and includes:
*Eight games and practices at Y’alls Ballpark
*Instruction from Y’alls players
*A dri-fit jersey and adjustable cap
*A Club Y’allers membership which includes free admission to select Y’alls games and unlimited kids zone access during the 2022 Frontier League season
*Access to exclusive events for Lil Y’allers League players

Players can register here or direct questions to Aaron Leuken, Director of Amateur Baseball for the Y’alls at 859-594-4487, ext 30 or aaron@florenceyalls.com.

FORMER MAJOR LEAGUER PEREZ AMONG FOUR OTTER SIGNINGS

The Evansville Otters have signed four players in the early offseason months for the 2022 season, including former Major Leaguer Audry Perez along with Bryan Gonzalez, Yoel Yanqui, and Jake Polancic.

Perez, a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native, is a catcher with professional baseball experience since 2008 as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

The backstop was with the Cardinals organization through 2014, recording appearances with the MLB St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 and 2014. Perez served as a minor league call-up and backed up the likes of Tony Cruz and Yadier Molina.

From 2015-18, Perez played at the high Double-A and Triple-A levels of the Baltimore Orioles farm system.

Perez also played several seasons in the Dominican Winter League and has made international appearances representing the Dominican Republic.

In his minor league career, Perez batted .270 with 275 runs, 693 hits, 132 doubles, 68 home runs, and 376 RBIs. In 10 seasons in the Dominican Winter League, Perez has also tallied an additional 27 runs, 95 hits, 20 doubles, and 48 RBIs.

The Otters also signed catcher Bryan Gonzalez, who is from Venezuela and spent 2017 with the Dominican Summer League Dodgers, a foreign affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gonzalez also has independent baseball experience, playing in 2019 with the Alpine Cowboys and the Trinidad Triggers, both in the Pecos League.

Overall, in his career, Gonzalez has hit .257 with 33 runs, 14 doubles, 30 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.

Yanqui, from Cuba, is a utility player who can play first base and in the outfield. Yanqui has three seasons of affiliated experience with the Arizona Diamondbacks and one season of affiliated ball with the Cincinnati Reds, most recently with the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2021 at the Double-A level.

Yanqui’s combined minor league totals include a .284 batting average, 192 runs, 353 hits, 67 doubles, 17 triples, 20 home runs, 173 RBIs, and 47 stolen bases.

He also has played multiple seasons in the Dominican Summer and Winter Leagues as well as in the Cuban National Series.

Polancic is a right-handed pitcher out of Canada, who most recently played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association in 2021. Before 2021, Polancic spent four seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

The right-hander was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Polancic’s career totals include 68 appearances, a 6.19 ERA, 107.2 innings pitched, and 107 strikeouts.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.

TANNER CABLE TO PITCH FOR THE TITANS IN 2022

The Ottawa Titans Baseball Club announced today that the team has signed right-handed pitcher Tanner Cable for the 2022 Frontier League season.

Cable, 28, spent the 2021 season with the Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzles and Schaumburg Boomers going a combined 1-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 29 appearances. The 6-foot-5-inch righty tossed 26.2 innings, striking out 46.

Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round in 2013, Cable elected not to sign to attend Delta State University (Cleveland, Mississippi). Following the 2015 season, the Hernando, Mississippi native transferred to Belhaven University (Jackson, Mississippi), where he was named team captain for his senior season.

Cable has also had stints with the River City Rascals and Evansville Otters in four professional seasons going a career 6-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 88 professional games.

After originally signing with the Titans for the 2021 season, Cable was selected by Gateway in the Dispersal Draft and was returned to Ottawa following the season.

In other news, the Titans have traded LHP Gunnar Kines to the Sussex County Miners in exchange for RHP Gavin Sonnier and INF Jackie Urbaez.

Also, the club has moved RHP Jason Zgardowski and the rights to OF Matt Feinstein to the Gateway Grizzlies in exchange for C Andres Regnault.

The Ottawa Titans are scheduled to hit the field in late Spring of 2022 playing in the Frontier League, a partner league of Major League Baseball.

QUÉBEC NATIVES GLADU, PELLETIER JOINING TROIS-RIVIERES

The Trois-Rivières Aigles announce the return of Raphael Gladu for the 2022 season. Following an excellent first season in 2019, the Trifluvien was dominant with Équipe Québec last summer with a batting average of 0.375 and 38 RBIs in 176 batting appearances.

Gladu, a 26-year-old local and the 2017 New York Mets’ 16th round pick, will return for a second season with the Aigles. On his independent debut in 2019, he maintained a .302 batting average and slammed 21 doubles. He also led the team’s RBI column with 64 in just 69 games.

Last summer, for personal reasons, he made the decision not to start the season with Équipe Québec. However, when the training was cleared to return home, Gladu jumped in and was a key part of the training.

“Raphael’s case was one of the priorities for us this fall. It is a privilege to bet on a local player with so much talent who will be able to rally all the other players behind him towards the achievement of our objectives. In addition, he perfectly embodies the values ​​of our organization and understands that his role is as important in the field as it is in the community, ”said General Manager Simon Laliberté.

The Trois-Rivières Aigles also initialed an agreement with Louis-Philippe Pelletier. The outfielder dominated Équipe Québec’s success regular hitters last summer in batting average (.328), doubles (27), triples (7), runs (85) and stolen goals (40) .

The 25-year-old, 38th round pick by the San Diego Padres in 2014 and 20th round in 2016 by the Houston Astros, has established himself as one of the main players in Équipe Québec’s success. Despite four seasons of absence in the professional ranks, he quickly picked up the pace.

“We knew he was an excellent baseball player and he responded very well with an extraordinary season with Équipe Québec. The more the season progressed, the more he stood out from the crowd with his work ethic and speed while playing with a few injuries, said Aigles manager Matthew Rusch. He’s definitely the type of player we need to develop a winning culture in our locker room,” Rusch added.

In addition to being a leader on the field and in the locker room, Pelletier quickly became a crowd favorite last summer. Fans of the team will be able to identify with this very charismatic and spectacular Québec player.

FORMER MAJOR LEAGUER PEREZ AMONG EVANSVILLE SIGNINGS

The Evansville Otters have signed four players in the early offseason months for the 2022 season, including former Major Leaguer Audry Perez along with Bryan Gonzalez, Yoel Yanqui, and Jake Polancic.

Perez, a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native, is a catcher with professional baseball experience since 2008 as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

The backstop was with the Cardinals organization through 2014, recording appearances with the MLB St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 and 2014. Perez served as a minor league call-up and backed up the likes of Tony Cruz and Yadier Molina.

From 2015-18, Perez played at the high Double-A and Triple-A levels of the Baltimore Orioles farm system.

Perez also played several seasons in the Dominican Winter League and has made international appearances representing the Dominican Republic.

In his minor league career, Perez batted .270 with 275 runs, 693 hits, 132 doubles, 68 home runs, and 376 RBIs. In 10 seasons in the Dominican Winter League, Perez has also tallied an additional 27 runs, 95 hits, 20 doubles, and 48 RBIs.

The Otters also signed catcher Bryan Gonzalez, who is from Venezuela and spent 2017 with the Dominican Summer League Dodgers, a foreign affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gonzalez also has independent baseball experience, playing in 2019 with the Alpine Cowboys and the Trinidad Triggers, both in the Pecos League.

Overall, in his career, Gonzalez has hit .257 with 33 runs, 14 doubles, 30 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.

Yanqui, from Cuba, is a utility player who can play first base and in the outfield. Yanqui has three seasons of affiliated experience with the Arizona Diamondbacks and one season of affiliated ball with the Cincinnati Reds, most recently with the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2021 at the Double-A level.

Yanqui’s combined minor league totals include a .284 batting average, 192 runs, 353 hits, 67 doubles, 17 triples, 20 home runs, 173 RBIs, and 47 stolen bases.

He also has played multiple seasons in the Dominican Summer and Winter Leagues as well as in the Cuban National Series.

Polancic is a right-handed pitcher out of Canada, who most recently played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association in 2021. Before 2021, Polancic spent four seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

The right-hander was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Polancic’s career totals include 68 appearances, a 6.19 ERA, 107.2 innings pitched, and 107 strikeouts.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.

 

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