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2017 Frontier League Draft Class – One Month Later

We are about one month into the Frontier League season, so it is time to check in to see how the players from the 2017 draft are doing with their teams.


16 drafted players started the season on a roster for Opening Day. As of June 18th, ten of those players are still on a roster. One player changed positions (drafted as a catcher and has become a pitcher). One is playing both a position and pitching. Two players are on different teams than the one that drafted them. Another player is currently on the DL.

One additional player who was released before opening day is now playing for the team that originally drafted him.

The remaining players:
Aaron Burns (RHP) R1 WildThings – In 6 games (4 starts, 22 IP), he has a 2.45 ERA with 16 K and a 0-0 record.
Cosimo Cannella (1B) R1 Boomers – Has a .266 avg in 17 games (64 AB) with 9 RBI and 1 HR.
Brook Clark (UTL) R1 Beach Bums – He has a .240 avg in 10 games (25 AB) with 3 RBI.
Matt Sabel (LHP) R1 WildThings – He has a 6.23 ERA with 6 K in 9 games (8.2 IP).
Stephen Swagerty (RHP) R1 Rascals – In 11 games (8.2 IP), he has a 0-2 record and a 9.34 ERA with 11 K and 12 BB.
Brian McKenna (RHP) R1 Slammers – Moved from catcher to pitcher. In 10 games (10.1 IP), he has a 2.61 ERA with 9 K and 10 BB.
Kyle Carter (OF) R2 Cornbelters – He has played as both a position player and a pitcher this season. In 5 games (8 AB), he has a .250 avg. As a pitcher, he has pitched in 4 games (5.1 IP) with a 6.75 ERA.
Cody Mincey (RHP) R1 Thunderbolts – Placed on waivers. Picked up by Rascals. He has a combined ERA of 5.25 and 2-0 record with 14 K in 13 games (12 IP).
Ryan O’Malley (3B) R2 Miners – Released by Miners. Picked up by Grizzlies. Placed on waivers. Picked up by Boomers. In 17 total games (49 AB), he has a .224 avg with 4 RBI and 1 HR.
Austin Goss (RHP) R1 Boomers – On the DL since June 3rd. In 5 games (10.1 IP), he has a 4.35 ERA and a 1-0 record.

Steven Pollakov (C) Slammers – RELEASED on May 11th. Re-signed to the Slammers May 13th. He has a .217 avg with 5 RBI in 18 games (46 AB).

The released players:

Chris Amato (SS) R1 Miners – Traded to Thunderbolts. Released May 23rd. Did not play.
Danny Britt (C) R1 Thunderbolts – Released May 23rd. Only played 1 game with no hits and one walk.
Chris Dula (RHP) Exp Grizzlies – Released May 23rd. In 1 game (1 IP), he allowed 2 ER (18.00 ERA).
Colin Kelly (RHP) R1 Grizzlies – Released May 23rd. He had a 10.12 ERA in just 3 games (2.2 IP).
Nick Bozman (LHP) R1 Crushers – Released May 30th. He had a 10.80 ERA and 0-1 record in 4 games (5IP).
Bob Wheatley (LHP) Exp Cornbelters – Released June 13th. In 5 games (all starts – 21.2 IP), he had a 2-3 record with a 7.06 ERA.


MLB Tryout Camps Information

Even though this site is based on independent baseball, many players ask about MLB tryouts. Few major league organizations still hold open tryouts, but these teams are holding tryout camps this summer. The general rules are for players 15/16 years old to 22/23 years old – make sure to click each official link for exact information.



Atlanta Braves Tryout Camps

Date Start Time Location Address Area Scout
Wednesday, June 14 9 a.m. Kankakee CC 100 College Dr
Kankakee IL 60901
Stu Cann
Monday, June 19 10 a.m. State Mutual Stadium 755 Braves Blvd
Rome GA 30161
Dustin Evans
Wednesday, June 21 9 a.m. Indian Park Floyd St
Kennett MO 63857
Kevin Barry
Sunday, June 25 10 a.m. Edison HS 21400 Magnolia St
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Dan Cox
Monday, June 26 9 a.m. ESPN Wide Word of Sports 700 S Victory Way
Kissimmee FL 34747
Justin Clark
Thursday, July 6 9 a.m. Trustmark Park 1 Braves Way
Pearl MS 39208
Steve Desalvo
Sunday, July 23 11 a.m. Pearl City HS 2100 Hookiekie St
Pearl City HI 96782
Dan Cox
Wednesday, July 26 9 a.m. Jack Williams Stadium 1137 Elm St North
Fargo ND 58102
Kevin Barry
Monday, July 31 9 a.m. NIACC 313 15th St SE
Mason City IA 50401
Kevin Barry
Tuesday, August 1 9 a.m. Augustana College 2505 S. Grange Ave
Sioux Falls SD 57105
Kevin Barry
Monday, August 14 8:30 a.m. Dan Daniel Park 302 River Park Dr
Danville VA 24540
David Cross

For more information on Braves tryout camps, click HERE.

Cincinnati Reds Tryout Camps

June 8, 2017 10: 00 AM EST Prasco Park 6125 Commerce Court
Mason, OH 45040
June 14, 2017 10 a.m. EST Hamilton Southeastern HS 13910 East 126 Street
Fishers, IN 46037
June 20, 2017 10 a.m. CST Illinois Central College 1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
June 21, 2017 10 a.m. EST Derby City Park 4139 Cadillac Court
Louisville, KY 40213
June 28, 2017 10 a.m. EST Mentor High School 6477 Center Street.
Mentor, OH 44060
July 12, 2017 10 a.m. CST Oakland HS 2225 Patriot Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
July 26, 2017 10 a.m. EST P&G Urban Youth Academy 2026 East Seymour Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45237

For more information on Reds tryout camps, click HERE.

Philadelphia Phillies Tryout Camps

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For more information on Phillies tryout camps, click HERE.

Tampa Bay Rays Tryout Camps

Day, Date Field Location Address Time Contact
THU, June 22 Hallsville HS Field 1 Bobcat Lane
Hallsville, TX 78650
8:30 AM Pat Murphy
WED, July 19 Mercedes HS 1250 S. Florida
Mercedes, TX 78570
8 AM Pat Murphy

For more information on Rays tryout camps, click HERE.