Slammers to Host T-ball Age 3-6, Summer 2020

League Dates May 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15 & 22

Chose from two time slots- 5:30-7 pm OR 7-8:30 PM

The first 45 minutes will be dedicated to building skills through stations and group activities.

The second 45 minutes will be a game with the T-Ball team- no score will be kept.


  • Individual & group instruction from Joliet Slammers players
  • Slammers Players will be the coaches/umpires
  • A free ticket to our Friday July 3rd Fireworks show
  • T- Ball banquet at the Slammers game
  • Joliet Slammers t-shirt

Cost: $120 per camper


For more information, click the following link!


Little Falls, NJ – The 2019 Can-Am League Champion New Jersey Jackals announce signing Can-Am League Player of The Year Alfredo Marte to a contract extension. The all-star outfielder is the third Jackal in franchise history to win the honor, joining Art Charles (2016) and Nick Giarraputo (2012) in this historic club.

“Alfredo is one of the best signings I’ve ever had. He’s a great example for what being a professional is for everyone else in the clubhouse,” New Jersey Jackals manager Brooks Carey said. “The season he had speaks for itself. When you play every inning of every game in a season that speaks volumes to the type of person and player he is. We appreciate his loyalty to the Jackals organization.”

A 30-year-old native from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Marte authored a career year with a .311 batting average, 16 homers and 86 RBIs. Along with tying for first in home runs (16), he led the Can-Am League in numerous offensive categories including RBIs (88), doubles (29), total bases (186) and extra-base hits (45). In addition to owning the league’s third-longest on-base streak (June 19-July 21: 28 games, .369 AVG, 6 HR, 18 RBIs), he finished among the circuit’s leaders in hits (109, T-2nd), runs (66, 3rd), slugging percentage (.531, 4th) and at-bats (350, 4th). Marte was also named the Can-Am League Batter of the Week four times, tying him with Quebec Capitales third baseman Eddie Lantigua for the record that he set in 2005.

While lighting up the league leader boards, he led the Jackals in all the aforementioned offensive categories along with walks (44), multi-hit games (34) and multi-RBI games (21). Marte was also one of the club’s most clutch hitters as evidenced by his thriving when the bases were loaded (.462, 1 HR, 19 RBIs), with runners in scoring position (.306, 7 HR, 68 RBIs) and with runners in scoring position and two outs (.269, 1 HR, 22 RBIs). Furthermore, the Jackals were 33-14 when he drove in a run and 9-4 when he hit a homer. The Can-Am League Player of the Year helped propel the Jackals to its first-ever championship crown by batting .429 (6-14) with five RBIs against the 2018 defending champion Sussex County Miners in the Can-Am League Championship Series.

Marte is entering his 15th season of professional baseball, having played in the Arizona, Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore and Philadelphia organizations. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors, appearing in 71 games with the Angels (2013-14) and the Diamondbacks (2015).

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

Slammers Re-sign Harrison Bragg, Sign Taylor Lane

Joliet, IL —Harrison rejoins the Slammers as an infielder.  During his previous season with the Slammers, Harrison batted .260 with a .417 slugging percentage. In 20 games at 3B, Bragg had two double plays, 33 assists and 5 putouts.When not playing baseball you can find Harrison golfing, fishing or hiking. We are excited to welcome Harrison back to the 2020 team!

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 28th season of play in 2020. It is the largest independent professional league with 14 teams spanning from the Mississippi River to the East Coast.

Taylor Lane

The Virginia native Taylor joins the Slammers for the upcoming season. Taylor has a career avg of batting .300 with 16 RBIs in 28 games with the Otters during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Taylor brings position versatility to the Slammers as he appeared in the infield at 1st and 3rd base and the remaining time being spent in the outfield. During the 2019 season Taylor had 26 defensive chances, which lead to 25 putouts and 1 assist. We look forward to the upcoming 2020 season and welcome Taylor Lane to the team!

Grizzlies Golf Tournament to Benefit IFSA Burn Camp and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

SAUGET, IL: The Gateway Grizzlies will host their annual golf tournament on Friday, April 24. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) Camp for Kidsand SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. The event will be held at the Far Oaks Golf Club located in Caseyville, IL.

“We have a great relationship with SSM Health and the ISFA Burn Camp. These organizations do important work with children in our community and we are happy to support them,” says Steve Gomric, Grizzlies General Manager.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. on the 24th with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The tournament includes a pre-shotgun lunch, door prizes, domestic beer, Pepsi products, and a dinner buffet. On the course golfers will enjoy the scramble format as well as long drive contests, closest to the pin contests, skins, and a surprise “Get Grizzlie” contest.

“This is the kickoff to our season. Our golf tournament is the first time that players, fans, staff, local partners, and host families get together for the year,” says Steve Gomric, Grizzlies General Manager.

Golfers may register as a team of four. Corporate sponsorships of in-tournament contests, holes, and carts are available.


After the signing of Andrew Case, the Capitals are once again strengthening their pitcher lineup by announcing this time the acquisition of Samuel Adames, who will join the team for the next season. The 25-year-old right-hander turns out to be a very big acquisition for the training, which was dominant during the 2018 and 2019 seasons in Japan.

Samuel Adames began his professional career in the Kansas City Royals at the age of 19 before transitioning two years later to Asia. After studying in the Asian minor ranks, the native of the Dominican Republic was promoted to the powerful and highly recognized team of Yomiuri Giants, the occupants of the famous Tokyo Dome.

In more than 110 innings with the Yomiuri Giants, Adames’ average of 3.39 was earned while making 17 saves and 81 strikeouts. He was used mainly in relief in late matches in Asia while getting some starts during his career.

Manager Patrick Scalabrini said he was very pleased with the acquisition: “He should be a dominant player for us. Adames is a special launcher and he is open to evolving in succession as well as starting, so it will be up to us to try to use it as well as possible.

The acquisition of Samuel Adames is excellent news for the construction of the Capitals’ first workforce, which will evolve in the Frontier League. By not recognizing the professional overseas leagues, the Frontier League will thus apply the rookie status to Adames for the 2020 season.


The Trois-Rivières Eagles will bet on stability behind the plate with the return of wide receiver Anthony Hermelyn for a third season. Recognized as one of the top defensive receivers in the Can-Am League, Hermelyn was a key part of the training to guide the Eagles to qualify for the playoffs in the past two seasons.

Last year, he significantly improved his attacking contribution with a batting average of 0.257, eighteen doubles, 9 homers and 41 RBI. He also led the Eagles for the number of walks with 65. “Anthony is an excellent defensive catcher and he proved last year that he can also win at bat. He always finds a way to help and make our pitchers look better.

His return is also very important in the locker room, as he is one of the main leaders of our team, “said the manager, TJ Stanton. The 26-year-old is a 4th round pick of the Houston Astros in the 2015 draft. He has 218 experience games in this organization in the A-, A and A + ranks.


Frontier League teams must field between 22 and 24 players during the regular season and the playoffs. They must have a minimum of 10 recruits (rookie-1 and rookie-2) and can have a maximum of 10 experienced players (experience-2 or veteran). Among experienced players, only four can be veteran, aged 29 and over. Click on the following link to consult the official regulations of the Frontier League:

Otters extend MacNamee, Grieshaber and Beyer for 2020

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters have signed outfielder Elijah MacNamee, utility Keith Grieshaber, and pitcher Drew Beyer to contract extensions for the 2020 season.

MacNamee, from Cypress, Texas, batted .309 in 38 games played, scoring 19 runs, recording 17 RBIs, and walking 21 times in 2019 with the Otters.

“Elijah plays hard, and he came up with some big hits for us as a rookie,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said. “I think our fans pull for guys like that.”

MacNamee joined the Otters 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.

“With half a year under his belt, I think getting into the routine right away will be big for Elijah,” McCauley said. “He showed an advanced approach at the plate, and I think he has a good shot to get a lot of affiliated interests.”

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.

Grieshaber, a Chesterfield, Mo. native, batted .291 with 48 runs, 20 doubles, 42 RBIs and 23 stolen bases in 2019 with the Otters.

“Keith did a great job getting on base and running the bases for us last year, and we’re hoping for more of the same this year,” McCauley said. “He can set the table for us and be a disruptive force on the bases.”

“Last season was a great experience for me, playing a full season again and finding daily routines were very important,” Grieshaber said.

“I improved in all areas of my game, but I learned to play with a relaxed confidence last season.”

After starting with the River City Rascals during Spring Training last year, Grieshaber was signed by the Otters heading into the regular season opener. Grieshaber split time in the infield and outfield.

“I’m a big proponent of multi-sport athletes and Keith’s athleticism is evidence of why,” McCauley said. “His great footwork helps him in a lot of baseball actions, and his versatility will help us stay fresh because he can play at a lot of different positions.”

“I have fully embraced moving positions throughout my career,” Grieshaber said. “It is something not many can do anymore, so I’m thankful that I am versatile.”

“Anywhere that helps us win is where I want to be.”

Grieshaber was drafted by the Angels in the 16th round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft from Jefferson College. In 2017 with the Angels organization, Grieshaber hit a combined .285 batting average, four home runs, 36 RBIs, 42 runs scored, and 25 stolen bases.

Beyer is from Sarasota, Fla. and signed with the Otters in June 2019. With the Otters, Beyer went 3-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched and 26 appearances.

“We have great confidence in Drew in any situation, and his biggest asset is his command and ability to induce weak contact,” McCauley said. “He is aggressive by pounding the zone with all his pitches.”

“Last season, I took away to really focus on constantly getting better and learning from each individual outing,” Beyer said. “You really have to go out there every single game and compete.”

Beyer brought affiliated baseball experience after parts of two seasons with the Detroit Tigers organization. Beyer played with the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League squad and with the Connecticut Tigers most recently. Overall, Beyer was 2-0 in eight appearances with a 3.86 ERA and 7 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.

“He’s a great teammate, and with his affiliated experience and spending last season with us, I think he’ll be a huge factor in our bullpen,” McCauley said.

“The main thing I’m going to share with some of my new teammates is to take it all one day at a time and give every outing 100 percent,” Beyer said.

“If you do that day in and day out, suddenly it will be August, and you can look back at a nice body of work that you’ve put together. Then you can get ready to make a push down the stretch like we did last year.”

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.

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, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

David Leblanc back with the Eagles!

Trois-Rivières, February 25, 2020 – Former artilleryman David Leblanc, who won the title of launcher par excellence of the LBJEQ in 2012 with the Eagles, returns with the Trois-Rivières team as trainer and coordinator of launchers Junior Elite training.

Remember that David Leblanc has had a busy career, notably celebrating an NCAA championship with Tampa Bay in 2013, before joining the CANAM Eagles from 2013 to 2016. He will then devote himself to perfecting his role as teacher and instructor. He will be trained in particular by Dr. Tom House of the National pitcher’s association, a world leader in launchers biomechanics. He also obtained CSCS Certification from International Sports Science.

Since then, he has been the co-founder and coordinator of launchers for the Center de performance Athlète Évolution inc. “The addition of Dave Leblanc is a great addition to our group of coaches; his expertise will ensure our launchers of optimal development “declared Mike Lachance, general manager of the Eagles Junior Élite.


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


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 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

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.



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.


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


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.