TRIO OF FUTURE BOULDERS LIGHT UP WINTER LEAGUE

Rockland County, NY (Feb. 21, 2020) – The future looks a bit brighter for the New York Boulders after

the success enjoyed by a trio of off-season signings in this past season’s California Winter League action.

Outfielder Matt Feinstein topped the eight-team circuit in batting average with a .488 mark, while catcher Hunter Hisky was third in the category with a .441 mark, followed by corner infielder Miguel Pimentel at .421.

All three are expected to contend for starting spots on this year’s Boulders.

In addition, Hisky’s 19 RBIs was second-best in the league and three more than Pimentel (16), who ranked fourth.

Feinstein ended the season with 14 RBIs, 10th best in the league.

Feinstein and Hisky played in 16 games over the winter, while Pimentel did his damage at the plate in only 11 contests.

Feinstein, a 6’3”, 195-pound righthanded hitter from Old Brookville, NY played his college ball at Dartmouth College. He was joined on the Oregon Lumberjacks by Pimentel, a 6’1”, 200-pound righthanded hitter from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic who played collegiately at Lee University in Cleveland, TN.

Hisky, a lefthanded hitter, played over the winter for the Manitoba North Stars. The catcher is from Kansas City, MO and attended for Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO.

All three are 2019 college graduates.

“I am excited about our good, young talent,” Boulders’ President Shawn Reilly said, “and the success of these three young men should give fans an idea of the exciting brand of Boulders’ baseball they will experience this summer” he said.

The Boulders open the 2020 season on Thursday, May 14, traveling to face the Sussex County Miners before hosting the Washington Wild Things to start a nine-game homestand at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Season tickets and packages for the 2020 season are now available – for more information call 845-364- 0009 or slide to NYBoulders.com

ANNUAL FRONTIER LEAGUE TRYOUT CAMP & DRAFT APRIL 27-28

SAUGET, IL. – The 28th annual Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft will be held on Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28 at the Lake Erie Crushers’ stadium in Avon, Ohio.

All 14 Frontier League teams will be represented at the workouts, and scouts from multiple Major League Baseball teams also attend.  Representatives from other independent leagues participate as well. Advance registration is available at frontierleaguetryouts.eventbrite.com while walk-up registration will begin at 8:00 AM on Monday, April 27.

The workouts officially begin at 9:00 AM on April 27 and will feature a 60-yard dash, fielding and throwing drills for infielders, outfielders, and catchers, and batting practice for position players while pitchers will throw 15-20 pitch bullpens.  Following the first day, the field managers will post a list of players invited back for inter-squad games on April 28. At the conclusion of the games, action will break for 30 minutes as clubs and prepare for the draft.  

An average of 35 players each season have been drafted and signed to spring training contracts over the past eight years.  Each year, at least one tryout camp participant has appeared in the Frontier League’s All-Star Game. Several draftees have gone on to be signed by Major League Baseball organizations, with four draftees having ascended to the Major Leagues (Chris Jakubauskas, Seattle; Josh Smoker, New York Mets; Chris Smith, Toronto; and Robert Stock, San Diego).  

“We take great pride in giving players an outlet to showcase their talents and provide a quality experience at minimal cost,” said Frontier League Bill Lee.  “Our clubs take this event very seriously as they look to complete their spring training rosters, and with five new teams joining for the 2020 season we will have more opportunities for players to be signed.”

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.  More information and the complete 2020 schedule can be found at www.frontierleague.com.

Crushers Stadium is located 20 miles west of downtown Cleveland at exit 151 off I-90.  Spring training for Frontier League teams begins on Thursday, April 30 with the regular season opening on May 14.

IMPORTANT: As per the manufacturer’s warranty for the artificial playing surface at Crushers Stadium, all players trying out must wear turf shoes or molded cleats. No metal cleats will be allowed. This policy is the same that is in effect for all events at Crushers Stadium. Players attempting to enter Crushers Stadium with metal cleats will be immediately disqualified from the workouts.  In addition, there is a strict no seed policy at the stadium, and all tryout hopefuls, and fans watching, are not permitted to bring seeds into the facility.

 

NEW JERSEY JACKALS SIGN RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER DYLAN BRAMMER TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

Little Falls, NJ – The 2019 Can-Am League Champion New Jersey Jackals announce signing right-handed relief pitcher Dylan Brammer to a contract extension. A six-year veteran, Brammer had a stellar 2019 season capped by his gutsy three-inning save in Game 4 of the Can-Am League Championship Series that gave the Jackals its first-ever Can-Am League Championship title.

“Brammer came into spring training knowing he was fighting for just a spot on the roster, and then wow! He has a year like that,” New Jersey Jackals manager Brooks Carey said. “He didn’t have that huge a number of saves everyone likes to see, but without him, I’m not so sure we win at all.”

Not only was Brammer the most reliable reliever in the Jackals bullpen, but he was also the stingiest. Ranking fifth in league with nine saves, he threw 42 innings in 31 appearances while going 1-3 with a 1.29 ERA along with 21 walks and 49 strikeouts. He also wielded a productive bat as he hit .278 (5-18) with a triple and three RBIs. His best night at the plate came on July 3 in a 12-8 victory over the New York Boulders as he went 3-5 with an RBI triple. Back to the bump, the 30-year old Boynton Beach, FL native was a hallmark of consistency as evidenced by the following:

  •         Brammer didn’t allow an earned run in his first 11 appearances of the season. (May 17-June 29). His stat line during this streak was 0-0, 2 saves, 15.innings, 12 hits, 6 walks, 19 strikeouts
  •         He kept his ERA at or below 0.50 over 19 appearances from May 17-July 14. His stat line during this stretch was 1-1, 0.36 ERA, 5 saves, 25.2 innings, 16 hits, 15 walks, 32 strikeouts
  •         His ERA stayed at or below 1.01 in 26 appearances from May 17-August 11. His stat line over this span was 1-1, 0.79 ERA, 7 saves, 20 hits, 17 walks, 40 strikeouts

Following road losses against the Quebec Capitales and Ottawa Champions on August 14 and 17, respectively, he didn’t allow a run for the remainder of the year. Signifying his readiness for the postseason, he logged two saves in three appearances over four scoreless innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Once September came, Brammer was lights-out during the Can-Am League Playoffs. Appearing in six games, he earned four saves in 7.1 scoreless innings of work with two walks and eight strikeouts. His defining moment of the season came during Game 4 of the Can-Am League Championship Series. Making a must-win tonight spirited decision, Carey summoned Brammer in the seventh inning to defend a slim 8-7 lead. Answering the gauntlet, he gutted out a three scoreless inning, 52-pitch outing, to nail down the save and the Can-Am League Championship title. His line on the night was three innings pitched, three hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

Making his Jackals debut in 2018, Brammer made 21 appearances including 19 starts. Overall he went 9-8 with a 4.99 ERA while logging 113.2 innings and registering 50 walks and 93 strikeouts. As a starter, he posted a 5.05 ERA in 111.2 innings pitched including going six or more innings 11 times. His best start of the season was an 8-2, three-hit victory against the Sussex County Miners where he threw eight innings and only allowed three runs (two earned) with four walks and six strikeouts. As a reliever, he made a pair of scoreless appearances and tossed two innings with zero walks and three strikeouts.

Before pitching in The Den, Brammer spent four years (2012-2016) in the Frontier League and the Pacific Association including stints with the River City River Rascals (2016, FL) and the Pittsburg Diamonds in the Pacific Association (2014-16). His best season during this run came in 2016 with both aforementioned teams as he went a combined 9-4 with a 3.23 ERA over 97.2 innings with 42 walks and 77 strikeouts He made his professional debut in 2012 with the Rockford RiverHawks after graduating from the University of Northwestern Ohio where he played two seasons for the Acers from 2010-2012. He also played two seasons of collegiate baseball at Vincennes University where he helped lead them to the Division II Junior College World Series in 2010.

Otters sign Delgado, Anderson, Portela and Ramos

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters have signed pitchers Casey Delgado, Marty Anderson, Polo Portela and utility player Mauricio Ramos for the 2020 season.

Delgado, who resides in Newburgh, Ind., brings with him four seasons of experience in independent baseball with the former Frontier Greys and Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs most recently of the Atlantic League. He was a Frontier League All-Star in 2014 with Traverse City.

“We had been aware of Casey since 2013 when he pitched very well for the Frontier Greys, and I wished I had signed him them,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said. “We got another chance to sign him, have gotten to know Casey and his family since then, and we look forward to working with him this season.”

“Being close to home did factor into the decision to sign,” Delgado said. “It will be nice to be able to sleep in my own bed when we are home, and it’s nice to be familiar with the area.”

Delgado also spent three seasons with the New York Mets organization from 2015-17 with Savannah, Binghamton, and St. Lucie. His career affiliated stats are a 3.93 ERA with 31 wins and 274 strikeouts in 58 starts and 364 innings pitched.

“Casey has a very high pitching IQ, matching with his plus pitching ability,” McCauley said. “He is a fierce competitor between the lines and should be a top of the rotation starter.”

“This season, we just got to play the games one day at a time, but I’m happy to be here and hope to help the ball club,” Delgado said.

“I want to give it my best shot and the good lord willing, things will work out.”

In 2018 with the Blue Crabs, Delgado went 5-10 with a 4.90 ERA in 22 starts, while striking out 88 in 123.0 innings pitched. He also recorded three complete games. Delgado pitched collegiately at Austin Peay State University, being a part of Ohio Valley Conference championship teams in 2012 and 2013. In May 2013, he struck out a program single-game record of 16 batters.

Anderson, a Donalsonville, Ga. native, has experience in affiliated and independent baseball. Anderson has two stints in affiliated baseball, 2017 with the New York Mets organization and 2018 with the Miami Marlins organization, reaching the Single-A level.

“It’ll be nice to put Marty’s name on our side of the lineup card for a change, as he’s been a tough opponent the past couple years,” McCauley said. “He should continue his success in Evansville.”

“This season, I want to throw strikes with all three pitches and stay ahead of hitters,” Anderson said.

Anderson’s professional career began with the Garden City Wind of the independent Pecos League in 2016 before joining the Florence Freedom in the Frontier League that same year. Anderson spent parts of 2016-18 with Florence and the affiliated organizations.

“Marty has a plus fastball with good spin that he locates on both sides of the plate, and he mixes his offspeed well and battles every pitch,” McCauley said.

“It definitely gives me a confidence boost to be with the Otters, knowing what great gloves will be behind me,” Anderson said. “The Otters’ strong bats also have always been great in years past.”

Most recently, Anderson was with the Southern Illinois Miners in 2019, where he went 5-5 with a 2.95 ERA in 17 starts. He also struck out 90 hitters in 88.1 innings.

Portela is from Sacramento, Calif. and will be starting his rookie season with the Otters.

“Polo was recommended by former Otter Troy Frazier, who is an assistant coach at Cumberland University and has sent us a number of good players over the years,” McCauley said.

“I’m excited and ready to take full advantage of this opportunity,” Portela said. “I am blessed to be able to continue my baseball career.”

Portela played collegiately most recently at Cumberland University, finishing his senior season in 2019. During the 2019 season, Portela went 6-2 in 13 starts, logging a 4.43 ERA. He also struck out 83 batters in 83.1 innings pitched, and he recorded three complete games. Portela also spent a couple seasons at Sacramento City College early in his college career.

“We will take a look at starting and relief for Polo as a rookie,” McCauley said. “He’ll need to compete and earn a spot somewhere on the pitching staff.”

“This season, I am looking to lead the team in wins and strikeouts, and I can’t wait to show what I bring to the table,” Portela said.

Portela posted impressive numbers during the 2019 Northwoods League season, going 8-0 with a 1.23 ERA in 10 starts, while striking out 47 in 58.1 innings.

Ramos, who resides in Idaho Falls, Idaho, brings with him eight previous seasons of experience in professional baseball. His last stint was in 2018 with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, spending limited time there. Ramos spent the bulk of the 2017 season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas of the Kansas City Royals organization while also appearing in four games for Kansas City’s Arizona League affiliate.

“We received great reports from scouts for his defensive abilities in the infield, and he should prove to be a middle of the lineup guy offensively,” McCauley said.

“Mauricio adds to the level of experience in the lineup which wasn’t as possible in years past.”

“I’m happy for the opportunity and excited to go play in Evansville,” Ramos said.

In 92 games at the Double-A level in 2017, Ramos had a .258 batting average with nine doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and 36 runs scored through 378 plate appearances. Ramos was signed by the Royals in November 2010 as an amateur free agent from Columbia, and played seven seasons within the Royals organization, reaching as high as the Double-A level.

“Mauricio will factor into the infield, probably at third base, but we’ll have to see what Spring Training holds,” McCauley said.

“I’m the kind of player who likes to compete and obviously win games, and I am a very happy guy who likes to meet new people and teammates,” Ramos said.

He was selected to the Columbia national team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Ramos also has played a couple of winter seasons in Venezuela and Colombia.

Important catch for the enclosure

Quebec City, February 19 – The Capitals have hired Canadian reliever Andrew Case. The 27-year-old native of New Brunswick will be having his first experience in independent baseball after having worked in the organization of the Toronto Blue Jays between 2014 and 2019.

It will be a return to competition for Andrew Case after announcing his retirement last April. Before retiring in the spring of 2019, he participated in the Pan American Games qualifying tournament with the Canadian National Baseball Team. In the uniform of organizations affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, Case played close to 250 innings during which he averaged 3.25 earned runs and 42 saves. Case’s good AA performance also earned him a few appearances in the AAA, the latest caliber before reaching the major leagues.

Andrew Case will be a major part of the Capital relievers’ enclosure and should be given the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of his talent in important situations in the 2020 season.

NEW JERSEY JACKALS ACQUIRE RHP JOHN HAYES FROM THE SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS AND SIGN C/1B RICHARD STOCK TO A CONTRACT EXTENSION

Little Falls, NJ – The 2019 Can-Am League Champion New Jersey Jackals announce the acquisition of right-handed pitcher John Hayes and future considerations from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (Atlantic League, Independent) in exchange for outfielder David Harris. In a corresponding move, the Jackals signed catcher and first baseman Richard Stock to a contract extension.

“We appreciate everything David meant to us both on and off the field. You really don’t want to lose a guy like him, but this was the right thing to do for both parties,” New Jersey Jackals manager Brooks Carey said. “He wanted a new challenge and probably needed one. Southern Maryland had a pitcher we really like [in Hayes] who can go right into our rotation.”

A product of the Detroit Tigers organization, Hayes was drafted out of Wichita State University in the 25th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft where he pitched three seasons in the Shockers’ bullpen. Spending three seasons in the Tigers system and reaching as high as the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) in 2018, the Denison, Texas native went 4-4 with two saves in 43 appearances with 59 innings pitched while tallying 28 walks and 45 strikeouts. After being released by the Tigers on May 14, 2018, he split the remainder of 2018 with the Cleburne Railroaders and the Wichita Wingnuts in the American Association (Independent). Last year, Hayes was signed by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on April 2, 2019. Serving as a swingman for the Blue Crabs pitching staff, he went 3-6 overall with a 5.00 ERA over 34 appearances – including 10 starts – and amassed 61 walks and 57 strikeouts in 93.2 innings pitched.

Harris is a seven-year veteran who had a solid 2019 campaign despite wrestling with nagging injuries. After starting the year with Quintana Roo (Triple-A Mexican League), the 28-year old outfielder returned to Jackals on July 24 and gave the lineup an extra jolt. Over 33 games, Harris slashed .342/.421/.441 with two homers, 22 RBIs, 14 runs scored, three stolen bases and received Can-Am League Batter of the Week honors for the week of August 5-11. While the Bradenton, Florida native had an excellent postseason (.333 AVG, 1 homer, 5 RBIs) overall, he saved his best for last. Harris tormented the defending 2018 Can-Am League Champion Sussex County Miners in the 2019 Can-Am League Championship Series by hitting .416 (5-12) and belting a mammoth two-run homer off of Andrew Gist in Game 3 that propelled the Jackals to a 2-0 victory. Along with playing two seasons with the Jackals (2018-2019) and one with the Schaumburg Boomers (2017, Frontier League), he spent four seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization which drafted him out of Southern Arkansas University in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

“Once we acquired Hayes, a veteran roster spot opened. We needed a left-handed hitting first baseman and obviously, Richard is our guy,” Carey said. “He was actually on pace for 100 RBIs [last season] before some nagging injuries slowed his pace. Richard lives for hitting with men on base and enjoys those situations.”

Stock is entering his fourth season with the Jackals. Last year, Stock authored the best season of his professional career by hitting .281 (82-292) with 21 doubles, nine home runs and 64 RBIs (tied-4th in the league). Lurking in the shadows of Can-Am League Player of The Year Alfredo Marte and All-Star infielder Conrad Gregor, the Kirkland, Washington native feasted on run-producing opportunities. A quintessential clutch hitter, Stock thrived in the following crucial situations:

  • With the bases loaded: .800 AVG and 9 RBIs
  • Runners in scoring position: .351 AVG, 2 HR and 51 RBIs
  • Runners in scoring position and two outs: .417 AVG, 2 HR and 26 RBIs
  • Runners on base: .315, 3 HR and 55 RBIs

Plus, not only did the Jackals have a record of 23-14 when Stock drove in one or more runs, but he also led the team with three-five RBI games that came against the Trois Rivieres Aigles on May 25, and twice against the Shikoku Island League on June 21 and 23, respectively. He also hit .289 (11-38) during 2019 Can-Am League Playoffs with two doubles, one triple, one home run and four RBIs.

Drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Stock spent three seasons in the Tribe’s farm system. During this run — including two years with the Single-A Lake County Captains (Midwest League) — he batted .275 (125-455) with 12 home runs, 27 doubles, three triples and 61 RBIs. Following his release from the Indians organization on March 24, 2015, he played for the Sioux Falls Canaries in American Association (Independent) where he batted .265 (70-64) with seven home runs and 43 RBIs. He then spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Jackals. His brother Robert is a right-handed pitcher on the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2016 he pitched for the Jackals and went 1-2 with a 2.85 ERA over 52 appearances and 60 innings pitched while posting 40 walks and 73 strikeouts.

About The New Jersey Jackals
The 2019 Can-Am League Champion New Jersey Jackals professional baseball team plays at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ on Montclair State University’s campus. The Jackals play a 96-game schedule in the newly formed Frontier League from May through September. Yogi Berra Stadium is centrally located near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 46 and is easily accessible by car or via local commuter trains, which offer stops on the university’s campus. The Jackals have a wealth of fan-friendly amenities to enhance everybody’s experience when visiting “The House That Yogi Built”. Everyone can enjoy watching exciting highlights and engaging videos on Yogi Berra Stadium’s first-ever HD video scoreboard. Fans can kick back enjoy tasty food and drinks in the Fork in the Road craft beer pub and children can enjoy the fun-filled kid zone. Open since 1998, Yogi Berra Stadium’s seating capacity exceeds 5,000, including fixed seats, lawn seating, an open-air picnic area for birthday parties and special events, and, a general admission lawn seating section. For group and season tickets, call 973-746-7434 or email contact@jackals.com.

RÉMI DOUCET BACK TO THE JUNIOR EAGLE BAR

The Trois-Rivières Eagles organization announces the return of Rémi Doucet as head coach of it’s Junior Elite training.

He succeeds Alexandre Béland who resigned earlier last week for professional reasons. Doucet has won the title of coach of the year in the Quebec Elite Junior Baseball League four times, in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015.

Mike Lachance, involved with the Aigles AA de la Mauricie for eight years, is to him promoted to the post of general manager.  

“Rémi’s return to the top of our development pyramid is excellent news. He’s a great motivator and teacher. When we took off his sweater in the summer of 2017, I didn’t think I would see him in that chair again in the foreseeable future, “said the family’s general manager, René Martin.  

Doucet shows a record of 317 wins against 181 losses in the regular season, with two championships. His team has also been a finalist five times in the playoffs.

UPMC to Sponsor the 2020 Frontier League All-Star Game and Festivities

Washington, PA (February 12, 2020) – The Washington Wild Things, host of the 2020 Frontier League All Star Game, is pleased to announce that UPMC will be the presenting sponsor for the annual classic. In the last year, UPMC contributed $1.2 billion in community benefits to the communities it serves, including $343 million in free and subsidized community health programs, events and contributions — supporting services that may otherwise not be available. UPMC goes far beyond the traditional definitions of health care in supporting healthy activities in many diverse communities in the region.

“The Frontier League All Star game not only provides a healthy atmosphere for families and friends to gather to enjoy the game of baseball, but also helps boost local businesses. UPMC shares the Washington Wild Things organization’s commitment to the community with partnerships like this event,” said Brian Hagen, Vice President Operations – UPMC Sports Medicine Services and UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.

“UPMC has, for years, been a great partner of the Washington Wild Things,” said Steven Zavacky, Executive Director of Sports Facility, LLC. “We appreciate UPMC’s involvement in the All Star Week festivities. We couldn’t have partnered with a better organization.”

Players, fans, friends, and family will visit Washington County for a week of baseball and celebration in July.  “We are working with area hotels, restaurants, and entertainment facilities to ensure that all of our guests enjoy everything that the region has to offer,” added Zavacky. 

Additional information about the All Star Game and many associated activities will be issued over the next few weeks.

Tickets for the 2020 UPMC All Star Game will go on sale in April.  For more information, log on to www.washingtonwildthings.com or call the office at 724.250.9555.

 

ANNUAL FRONTIER LEAGUE TRYOUT CAMP & DRAFT APRIL 27-28

SAUGET, IL – The 28th annual Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft will be held on Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28 at the Lake Erie Crushers’ stadium in Avon, Ohio.

All 14 Frontier League teams will be represented at the workouts, and scouts from multiple Major League Baseball teams also attend.  Representatives from other independent leagues participate as well. Advance registration is available at frontierleaguetryouts.eventbrite.com while walk-up registration will begin at 8:00 AM on Monday, April 27.

The workouts officially begin at 9:00 AM on April 27 and will feature a 60-yard dash, fielding and throwing drills for infielders, outfielders, and catchers, and batting practice for position players while pitchers will throw 15-20 pitch bullpens.  Following the first day, the field managers will post a list of players invited back for inter-squad games on April 28. At the conclusion of the games, action will break for 30 minutes as clubs and prepare for the draft.  

An average of 35 players each season have been drafted and signed to spring training contracts over the past eight years.  Each year, at least one tryout camp participant has appeared in the Frontier League’s All-Star Game. Several draftees have gone on to be signed by Major League Baseball organizations, with four draftees having ascended to the Major Leagues (Chris Jakubauskas, Seattle; Josh Smoker, New York Mets; Chris Smith, Toronto; and Robert Stock, San Diego).  

“We take great pride in giving players an outlet to showcase their talents and provide a quality experience at minimal cost,” said Frontier League Bill Lee.  “Our clubs take this event very seriously as they look to complete their spring training rosters, and with five new teams joining for the 2020 season we will have more opportunities for players to be signed.”

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.  More information and the complete 2020 schedule can be found at www.frontierleague.com.

Crushers Stadium is located 20 miles west of downtown Cleveland at exit 151 off I-90.  Spring training for Frontier League teams begins on Thursday, April 30 with the regular season opening on May 14.

 

IMPORTANT: As per the manufacturer’s warranty for the artificial playing surface at Crushers Stadium, all players trying out must wear turf shoes or molded cleats. No metal cleats will be allowed. This policy is the same that is in effect for all events at Crushers Stadium. Players attempting to enter Crushers Stadium with metal cleats will be immediately disqualified from the workouts.  In addition, there is a strict no seed policy at the stadium, and all tryout hopefuls, and fans watching, are not permitted to bring seeds into the facility.

 

BOULDERS MAKE BOULD FRONT OFFICE MOVES

Rockland County, NY (Feb. 10, 2020) – The New York Boulders announced today that Seth Cantor has been named Vice-President of Business Development, while Julianne Trainor has been promoted to Director of Brand Marketing.

A Rockland County native now living in nearby Congers, Trainor is in her third season with the organization and is a 2012 graduate of Clarkstown North High School, where she was a three-sport athlete – soccer, basketball and track. She is a 2016 graduate of Syracuse University and in 2018 she earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Communication and Media from Iona College in New Rochelle.

In her new position, Trainor will handle regional marketing for the Boulders, as well as fan engagement.

Meanwhile Cantor, who was an original member of the front office, expands his role in business development while also continuing to serve as the well-known broadcast voice of the Boulders.

“A business is only as good your people” said Boulders President Shawn Reilly “and we are very fortunate to have Julie and Seth, two of the very best in the industry!”

“With the teams new regional marketing initiative after the move to the Frontier League and name change to New York Boulders; Julie and Seth will both be playing a pivotal role in bringing the Boulders brands to new fans and corporations thru-out the metro New York area” said Boulders Assistant General Manager Megan Ciampo.

The Boulders open the 2020 season on Thursday, May 14, traveling to face the Sussex County Miners before hosting the Washington Wild Things to start a nine-game homestand at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Season tickets and packages for the 2020 season are now available – for more information call 845-364- 0009 or slide to NYBoulders.com

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About the New York Boulders and Bottom 9 Baseball, LLC
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, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. In 2014, the Boulders won the Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier 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. In 2012 and 2014, Rockland was named the Can-Am’s “Organization of the Year.” The Boulders are owned and operated by Bottom 9 Baseball, LLC (B9B), a sports and entertainment company comprised of former executives from all levels of major and minor league sports. B9B is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the New York Metropolitan area, Lower Hudson Valley and northeast New Jersey. Slide to www.nyboulders.com for more information.

Miners Hire Eric Minshall As Pitching Coach

Marion, IL (February 7, 2020) – The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have hired Eric Minshall to be their pitching coach for the 2020 season. He replaces Tyler Martin, who had been the pitching coach for the last two years, and who left the team due to scheduling conflicts with his college team.

Minshall spent last season as the pitching coach for the Bristol Pirates, a rookie-level affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Appalachian League. The Pirates’ pitching staff posted a 4.09 team ERA under his watch, which ranked fourth in the league and was just 0.04 runs behind the third-place team.

The Ohio native has over 20 years of coaching experience. Prior to his time with Bristol, he served for five seasons as the pitching coach at Miami University Hamilton in Hamilton, Ohio. While he was there, he helped lead the Harriers to 170 wins and three straight Ohio Regional Campus Conference titles from 2016-18. Minshall also owns the Cincinnati Throwing Club, an acclaimed pitching performance center designed for biomechanics and kinetic development of young athletes.

“First, I would like to thank COO and manager Mike Pinto, ownership, and the front office for giving me thisopportunity,” Minshall said. “The championship legacy that has been established here is second to none. My family and I are excited to join the Miners organization. I will work diligently to have a positive impact on our pitching staff, and I am eager to hit the ground running in pursuit of a championship in 2020.”

“Eric is going to have a big impact on our team and staff this season,” Pinto said. “We had almost 200 inquiries for the position, and looked at some very good candidates along the way. Eric kept jumping out as the leading candidate- the people I spoke with in the Pirates organization gave me very high marks on his work ethic, knowledge, and care for the players he works with. The extensive interview process we went through confirmed he was the perfect guy for us. We are excited to have him and his family joining our Miners Family, and to work together toward a Frontier League Championship this season.”

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

Otters sign Phillips, Arias, Wetrich and Adams to extensions

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters have signed catcher Dakota Phillips, pitcher Anthony Arias, and infielders Tanner Wetrich and Jacob Adams to contract extensions for the 2020 season.

Phillips, a Nacogdoches, Texas native, joined the Otters after spending 2018 with the New York Bucks of the independent Empire Professional Baseball League. In 2019, Phillips batted .233 with 24 runs, 15 doubles, seven home runs, 32 RBIs and 21 walks in 64 games played.

“Last year was good for me, as it showed me what I needed to improve on this offseason to become the best hitter and player I can be,” Phillips said.

“At the plate, if Dakota can commit to a two-strike approach to cut down on the strikeouts, I think we’ll see more consistency from him offensively,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said.

Phillips split his playing time last season defensively at catcher and first base.

“Being able to play more than one position helps, but I look to stay healthy and be behind the plate more this season,” Phillips said.

“I think just getting a year under his belt will be big for Dakota, as he showed big improvements behind the plate and became very comfortable at first base,” McCauley said.

Phillips also said working with and catching big league players this offseason has helped him improve his approach to the game, going into this season with a better mental approach.

“I want to do whatever I can to help the team bring another championship back to Evansville,” Phillips said.

Phillips played collegiately at Tennessee Wesleyan for his senior season. With Tennessee Wesleyan, Phillips hit .353 with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs. Phillips also had 17 doubles, 38 runs, and 29 walks.

Arias is from Morro Bay, Calif. and joined the Otters in June 2019. In 2019, Arias went 2-2 with a 4.56 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 25.2 innings pitched and nine appearances.

“Last season, I really liked pitching with a solid defense behind me,” Arias said. “When you trust who is behind you, pitching is that much easier.”

Arias was a left-handed reliever out of the bullpen, while also making a few spot starts last season for the Otters.

“Anthony had some great appearances for us last season,” McCauley said. “His ability to start, bridge the gap, and face left-handed hitters is an asset to the staff.”

“I like starting or relieving each for different reasons, but I want to be an asset to the staff and team in any way that I can,” Arias said.

Arias played collegiately at Campbellsville University for his senior season. During his senior campaign, Arias was 6-3 with a 3.78 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched and 12 starts.

Wetrich, from Lake St. Louis, Mo., signed with the Otters in July 2019. With the Otters, Wetrich batted .227 with 11 runs, seven RBIs, and nine walks in 22 games.

“Tanner is a solid defender at second, shortstop and third, and he will be vying for a starting job in the infield,” McCauley said.

“Last season, I took away that it’s just important to stay focused every day,” Wetrich said. “Even on the days when you don’t feel great, you still have to be focused and get the job done.”

Before signing with the Otters, Wetrich also spent time in 2019 with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. With the Rascals, Wetrich batted .357 with five hits, two runs, an RBI and had a .471 on-base percentage in six games.

“Tanner had some big hits for us last season but will look for more consistency at the plate this year,” McCauley said.“This season, I want to help put our team in a position to win every night and improve every day in whatever way that might be,” Wetrich said.

Wetrich played two seasons collegiately at the University of Iowa, where he batted .251 with 49 runs, 12 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 39 RBIs, 32 walks, and had a .359 on-base percentage in 87 games played.

Adams, a Conway, Ark. native, joined the Otters in June 2019. Adams saw limited time in 2019 with the Otters due to injury, appearing in four games.

“Jacob will be in the mix at the infield positions, and we look forward to seeing him healthy in Spring Training,” McCauley said.

“Watching the game last season after my injury made me want to enjoy every opportunity I get to play that much more,” Adams said.

Adams finished his senior season at the University of Mississippi before joining the Otters. During his senior season, Adams batted .222, 45 starts and 56 games played. He had 24 runs scored, 19 RBIs, a .365 on-base percentage, and 27 walks.

“Jacob is a tough, hard-nosed defender that has shown some pop at the plate,” McCauley said.

“I want to do whatever I can to help the team win games,” Adams said. “I’m looking forward to competing every day to be the best I can be.”

Evansville will host Opening Night from Bosse Field against the Gateway Grizzlies May 15 at 6:35 p.m. Preseason exhibitions will begin May 2 for the Otters. The annual Education Day games will be May 6 and May 13 at 10 a.m.
You won’t want to miss what’s new in 2020 at Bosse Field with the Evansville Otters, featuring some new Frontier League competition as part of the largest, independent professional league in North America!
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
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NANUET’S KELLY TIRED OF WINTER AS HE ANXIOUSLY AWAITS BOULDERS’ DEBUT

Rockland County, NY (Jan. 26) – Like oil and water, baseball players and winter do not mix.

One of the newest members of the New York Boulders, Nanuet’s Colin Kelly is already sick of the cold weather, snow and everything else that is associated with the winter season. The 26-year-old righthanded pitcher, signed this past October by the Boulders, though, has not let that hamper his preparation for his initial campaign with the Frontier League team.

“I can’t wait for the weather to break, to be able to get outside and throw and get the season started – I am pumped,” said Kelly, who was the first post-merger signing by the Boulders after the team and four other former Can-Am League franchises merged into the Frontier League. “I don’t like the winter – don’t like anything about it.”He added, “I just wish it was warm and I could be outside and throwing and getting ready.”

A 2011 graduate of Nanuet High School, Kelly played collegiately at Catholic University in Washington, DC. After three solid seasons to kick off his career at Catholic, a freak injury sidelined him in 2016. “I got hit with a line drive and broke some ribs,” Kelly said. “I missed the whole year and it drove me crazy because I couldn’t do a thing – couldn’t pick up a ball, couldn’t touch a glove. That was the toughest part – just sitting around and watching.”

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He returned to the mound in 2017 to wrap up his career at Catholic with a 16-10 record along with one save, serving as a starter and reliever. Graduating with a degree in accounting, Kelly decided to forego the business world for the world of professional baseball. Over the last two-plus years, he has pitched for several independent league teams, including the Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies.

“I mean, I always wanted to play professional baseball,” said Kelly, who stands 6’4” and weighs in at around 200-pounds. “Accounting or baseball? I think I rather have a bit of fun and play baseball for a while. My sights were always set on professional baseball.” He continued, “When I was two years old, I picked up a glove and fell in love with baseball and knew that I wanted to someday play pro ball. Then, when I was in college at Catholic, one of my teammates – he was a senior when I was a freshman – signed on with the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization. So, from that time on, I knew that, even though I was playing D-3 college ball, I could still get the chance to play pro ball.”

Playing with the Boulders, though, is really a dream opportunity for Kelly, who was signed by the team shortly after excelling at a workout in Massachusetts that was witnessed by head scout Kevin Tuve, who is also charged with leading the player development department of the Boulders. “He (Tuve) came up to me after the throwing session and asked me if I wanted to play for the Boulders,” Kelly recalled. “I was like, yea, why not? Hometown team, why wouldn’t I want that.” He continued, “There were a bunch of other guys up there that teams spoke to and, since they weren’t giving out contracts right away, theywent on and talked to a bunch of different teams. I just shut it down after (Tuve) spoke to me – I knew where I wanted to go.”

Immediately after the talk with Tuve, Kelly had to tell his parents. He knew they would be excited, however he did not expect the reaction he got from his mother, Maria. “My mother was always upset when I would leave for baseball and have to travel,” Kelly said. “Even when I left for school, she would get upset, so, I figured she would be happy that I was signing with the Boulders and would be staying home.” He continued, “Well, at first, it didn’t go as expected. She really thought that I was messing with her. She didn’t believe it at first – it took some time for me to convince her that I was telling her the truth and thatI was staying home.” Kelly added, “Dad (Tom) was good right from the start. He could tell that I wasn’t messing with her. Now they both can’t wait for the games to start. My friends can’t wait either. I am going to have a lot of people at the games this year.”

Preparing for the upcoming season, Kelly has been working out in Stamford, CT. Included in his regimen are throwing sessions two to three times per week. “I just started throwing, the goal is to build up arm strength and be ready to go off a mound by mid-March,” said Kelly, who lists a fastball, curve, slider and change-up in his repertoire. “I am more of a sinker type pitcher,” Kelly said. “No four-seam fastball for me.”

After that, it will be training camp with the Boulders beginning May 4 at Palisades Credit Union Park.
“It really hasn’t sunk in yet that I am a Boulder and that I will playing at home,” Kelly said. “I remember when the stadium was being built and it seems that was all everyone was talking about. I didn’t get the chance to play there when I was in high school, but I did get the opportunity when I was in my freshman year in college when we played in a tournament there.”

He continued, “I don’t know what it is going to be like the first time I put on that uniform and get out on the field for real. I know it is probably going to be amazing – who doesn’t want the chance to play for their hometown team.”
Kelly does not know what role Boulders’ manager Kevin Baez has in mind for him.

“I will do either – start or relieve – whatever they decide for me,” Kelly said. “I do like relieving, though, better. I like not knowing when I am going to work, but, being down I the bullpen, I am always involved in the game. I watch the hitters during the game and pick up what they like to hit, what they struggle with.”

The Boulders open the 2020 season on Thursday, May 14, traveling to face the Sussex County Miners before hosting the Washington Wild Things to start a nine-game homestand at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Season tickets and packages for the 2020 season are now available – for more information call 845-364- 0009 or slide to NYBoulders.com

GETTING TO KNOW THE REAL COLIN KELLY

Favorite professional baseball team (besides the Boulders): New York Yankees (of course.)
Favorite baseball players: I liked James Shields, Mike Mussina. I stole my fastball grip from Chien-Ming Wang. I took my delivery from Shields and my curveball from Mussina.
Favorite sport besides baseball: Football. I am a huge Jets’ fan. We have tickets to the Jets.
Favorite non-baseball athlete: New Orleans Pelicans and former Duke basketball standout J.J. Reddick. Favorite dinner: Steak, I guess.
Go-to late night snack: Peanut butter sandwiches.
Future vacation spot: I’d like to go to Italy – really, I would like to go all around Europe.
If you had one superpower it would be: Teleportation. Why not? I hate driving, so I could get wherever I want easier.

Trois-Rivières Renew Stanton, Gladu, among moves

The Trois-Rivières Eagles have renewed the contract of a first player for the 2020 season. The manager, TJ Stanton, agreed with the local product and outfielder, Raphaël Gladu. The 24-year-old will return for a second season with the Birds. When he started in the independent network, he maintained a batting average of 0.302 and slammed 21 doubles. He also dominated the team’s RBI column with 64 in just 69 games.   “I am very happy to start building a winning team with a talented and character player like Raphaël. He is also a very involved person in the community, which is very important to the organization, “said Stanton.   Gladu is a 16th round pick from the New York Mets at the 2017 draft. In 486 batting appearances in affiliate baseball, mostly at level A, he has maintained a batting average of 0.251.

The Trois-Rivières Eagles have confirmed the return of first baseman Juan Kelly for a second season. It will be the first time in history that the Birds will bet on a certain stability on the first cushion. Kelly, 25, maintained the Eagles’ best batting average last summer with 0.321. In 221 batting appearances, he slammed 13 doubles and 10 homers in addition to maintaining an interesting ratio of walks and strikeouts, 34 against 37 respectively “Juan is possibly the most exciting player in this league and I expect him to be among the finalists for the title of player of the year. You will understand that he will be a key member of our team, “said the manager of the Eagles, TJ Stanton. The 2019 season was Kelly’s first in the independent network after seven years in the Toronto Jays’s organization between rookie and AA.

The Trois-Rivières Eagles hired the Dominican Yeison Santos. The 19-year-old reliever has played the past two seasons at the rookie level in the Pittsburgh Pirates network. In 87 innings and a third in affiliate baseball, he maintained a 2.58 earned average. There is a ratio of a little less than a strikeout per pitch, but most of all very few walks and granted circuits.   “Santos was recently released. He’s a player with huge potential. It’s also great to be able to bet on a rookie player with affiliate baseball experience. His agent, whom I know very well, has confirmed to me that the young man is very excited about playing with the Eagles this summer, “said manager TJ Stanton.   It will be Santos’s first time with a Canadian background.

The Trois-Rivières Eagles announce the departure of Alexandre Béland from the position of head coach at the Junior Elite level. This decision was made by Alexandre for professional reasons. Last summer, in his only season at the helm of the Junior Eagles, Béland maintained a record of 19 wins against 25 losses. In the playoffs, his squad lost in the first round in five games against Charlesbourg.   The Eagles organization thanks Alexandre for his involvement as a player and coach in recent years.


	

Grant Black’s Contract Purchased by St. Louis Cardinals

Sauget, IL– Grizzlies relief pitcher Grant Black, who spent the last two seasons with the club has had his contract purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals

Black is the second former Grizzlies reliever to sign with an MLB organization during the offseason, making him the 48th player to sign an affiliated contract in Gateway’s 20 year history.

In 51 appearances out of the bullpen last year, Black posted a 1-6 record with a 2.40 ERA. Black struck out 65 while only walking 16 last year.  He also added 9 saves which was second on the team.

The Newport, Arkansas native debuted with the Grizzlies in 2018 where he emerged as the team’s primary closer.  He became a workhorse and fixture of the Grizzlies’ bullpen in 2019.

Phil Warren, Gateway Grizzlies’ Field Manager, said of Black, “He’s always been a hard worker and is very deserving of this.”

Black joins fellow 2019 Grizzlie reliever Geoff Bramblett in the affiliated ranks.  Bramblett signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier in the offseason.

 

ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 14 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year.

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