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2016 California Winter League Draft Mid-Season Update

CWL

In March, the California Winter League (CWL) released a list of all players that were signed during or after the CWL season.

The list, which was updated after the season on February 27th, included 69 players who had signed at least a spring training contract for various independent leagues and major league organizations.

Since all the leagues are now mid-way through their seasons, we have decided to do an update to see how many CWL players are still on active rosters around the country.

Here is a look at how those players have done:

Major League Baseball

Evan Crower Philadelphia Phillies (Released by the Phillies and Windy City Thunderbolts before playing any games.)
*Steven Pollakov Chicago White Sox (Playing for the Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie) with a .250 avg in 8 games.)
*Kevin Lenik Texas Rangers (Playing for the Spokane Indians (Short Season) with a 0-1 record and 9.00 ERA in 8 games.)
Kade Andrus Arizona Diamondbacks (Released by the DBacks. Spent 3 games with Joplin Blasters (.167 avg) before being released.)
Connor Hoffman Arizona Diamondbacks (Released by the DBacks. Spent 3 games with Sussex County Miners (.125 avg) and 4 games with Traverse City Beach Bums (.083) and currently on DL.)
*Tanner Kiest Texas Rangers (Released by the Rangers. Played 2 games with Sussex County Miners (9.50 ERA), 2 games with Lincoln Saltdogs (0.00 ERA), and currently playing with Florence Freedom (12.00 ERA in 4 games.))
Jarrett Martin Texas Rangers (Released by the Rangers. Played 2 games with Ottawa (0-1, 7.11 ERA), 2 games with Sussex (0-1, 7.11 ERA) and 7 games with Rockland (0-2, 5.12 ERA.))

Frontier League

John Cruz Florence Freedom (Sent to Gary. Released. Signed to Schaumburg and released.)
Clayton Crum Florence Freedom (Released without playing a game.)
*Josh Wright Florence Freedom (Released, but signed by River City. Has a 2-1 record and 4.50 ERA.)
Darius Washington Florence Freedom (Released without playing a game.)
*Matt Pobereyko Florence Freedom (0-2 with 1.33 ERA before signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Currently has a 0.00 ERA in 5 games in the Arizona Rookie League.)
*Kenneth Frosch Evansville Otters (Playing with a 4-2 record with 1.33 ERA in 25 games.)
Victor Barron Evansville Otters (Released. Signed with Normal. Released after batting .167 in 8 games.)
Buddy Elgin Evansville Otters (Released without playing a game.)
*Kenny Knudsen Schaumburg Boomers (Playing with a 0-1 record and 6.09 ERA in 15 games.)
Scott Ward Schaumburg Boomers (Released without playing a game.)
Pete Leonello Southern Illinois Miners (Released without playing a game.)
Carl Jameson Southern Illinois Miners (Released without playing a game.)
Brandon Boyle Windy City ThunderBolts (Released after playing in 9 games with a 4-1 record and 8.25 ERA.)
Kevin Barker Windy City ThunderBolts (Released after playing in 23 games with a .158 average.)
Ryan Strombom Windy City ThunderBolts (Released after playing in 9 games with a 3-4 record and 5.71 ERA)
Alex Miden Windy City ThunderBolts (Released without playing a game.)
*Andrew Lowe Windy City ThunderBolts (Playing with a 1-0 record and 3.50 ERA in 17 games.)
Quintin Alexander Windy City ThunderBolts (Released without playing a game.)
*Brady Muller Windy City ThunderBolts (Playing with a 2-6 record with a 3.44 ERA in 10 games.)
*Luke Barker Traverse City Beach Bums (Playing with a 0-3 record and 1.88 ERA in 29 games.)
Wes Wallace Traverse City Beach Bums (Released after playing in 14 games with a .050 avg.)
Matt Burns Traverse City Beach Bums (Released after having a .192 avg in 9 games.)
Brian McKenna Traverse City Beach Bums (Released without playing a game.)
Lucas Hunter River City Rascals (Traded to Pittsburg Diamonds. Released without playing a game.)
*Mike Jurgella River City Rascals (Playing with a .265 avg in 41 games.)
Josh Eatherly River City Rascals (Released without playing a game.)
Alec Saikal River City Rascals (Released without playing a game.)
*Ben Allison Normal Cornbelters (Released. Currently signed with Florence. Has a 1-0 record and 4.50 ERA in 3 games.)
Kaleb Barlow Normal Cornbelters (Released without playing a game.)
Max Ayoub Gateway Grizzlies (Released without playing a game.)
Derek Hasenbeck Gateway Grizzlies (Released without playing a game.)
Andrew Wellwerts Lake Erie Crushers (Released without playing a game.)
*Parker Norris Lake Erie Crushers (Playing with a .209 avg in 42 games.)
Nate Antone Lake Erie Crushers (Released without playing a game.)
Tom Nagy Lake Erie Crushers (Released without playing a game.)
Dakota Freese Joliet Slammers (Released without playing a game.)
*Casey Fletcher Joliet Slammers (Playing with a .234 avg in 28 games.)
Alex Simone Washington Wild Things (Released without playing a game.)
*Brian O’Keefe Washington Wild Things (Playing with a 2.10 ERA in 13 games.)
Alex Williams Washington Wild Things (Released without playing a game.)
Tyler Garkow Washington Wild Thing (Released after having a 11.04 ERA and 0-2 record in 3 games.)

Atlantic League

Colin Moberly New Britain Bees (Released after 3 games with a 0-2 record and 27.00 ERA.)
*Nick Murphy New Britain Bees (Playing with a .153 avg in 22 games.)

American Association

Will Soto Joplin Blasters (Released after having a .266 avg in 26 games.)
*Mason Morioka Joplin Blasters (Released. Currently playing with Sonoma Stompers with a .287 avg in 39 games.)
Brandon Landanger Lincoln Saltdogs (Released without playing a game.)
Kaz Nezu Lincoln Saltdogs (Released without playing a game.)

Can-Am League

Jalen Harris Sussex Miners (Traded to Trois-Rivieres Aigels. Released after 11 games with a .211 avg.)
*Michael Tamburino Sussex Miners (Playing with a 1-2 record and 5.04 ERA in 11 games.)
*Alex DeBellis Rockland Boulders (Played 33 games with Rockland with a .208 avg. Traded to Sussex Miners and has a .254 avg.
Max Schonfeld Trois-Rivieres Aigles (Released after pitching in 6 games with a 0-3 record and 11.63 ERA.)

Pacific Association

*Kyle Adie San Rafael Pacifics (Playing with a .292 avg in 28 games.)
*Julian Esquibel San Rafael Pacifics (Playing with a 2-0 record and 4.34 ERA in 19 games.)
*Mark Lindsay San Rafael Pacifics (Playing with a .167 avg in 15 games.)
Trent Zaks Pittsburg Diamonds (Released without playing a game.)
Iszac Valdez Pittsburg Diamonds (Released after 10 games with a .250 avg.)
*Ian Hagenmiller Pittsburg Diamonds (Playing with a .159 avg in 14 games.)
Ethan Szabo Sonoma Stompers (Released after hitting .293 in 25 games.)
Landon Hunt Sonoma Stompers (Did not attend spring training.)
Masahiro Miyadera Sonoma Stompers (Did not attend spring training.)
*Marcus Blackmon Sonoma Stompers (Playing after 14 games with a .182 avg.)
*Eddie Mora -Loera Sonoma Stompers (Playing with a .252 avg in 36 games.)

*Currently on an active roster.
Only 25 of the 69 players are currently on an active roster as we hit the halfway mark of the baseball season.

(All independent league statistics/transactions courtesy of pointstreak.com. All MiLB stats courtesy of MiLB.com)

 

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California Winter League Signings 2016

CWL

The California Winter League (CWL) finished their season last month and have released an updated list on all players that were signed to various leagues during or after the CWL’s season.

According to their list (updated as of February 25th), 69 different players have signed professional contracts; However, it is worth noting that most of these are spring training contracts with no guarantees of making the opening day roster.

As the Official Winter League of the Frontier League, it should come as no surprise that the majority of the players (41) who were given contracts are going to the Frontier League for spring training.

The list also includes seven players who signed affiliated contracts.

But players are always asking, “is the price of a winter league worth it?”

Well this season, we plan on giving updates on how players who signed are doing throughout the season. The first update will occur after spring training where we will make a new list including every player that managed to make an Opening Day roster.

Here are the  2016 CWL Player Signees:

Major League Baseball

Evan Crower Philadelphia Phillies
Steven Pollakov Chicago White Sox
Kevin Lenik Texas Rangers
Kade Andrus Arizona Diamondbacks (ST)
Connor Hoffman Arizona Diamondbacks (ST)
Tanner Kiest Texas Rangers (ST)
Jarrett Martin Texas Rangers (ST)

Frontier League

John Cruz Florence Freedom
Clayton Crum Florence Freedom
Josh Wright Florence Freedom
Darius Washington Florence Freedom
Matt Pobereyko Florence Freedom
Kenneth Frosch Evansville Otters
Victor Barron Evansville Otters
Buddy Elgin Evansville Otters
Kenny Knudsen Schaumburg Boomers
Scott Ward Schaumburg Boomers
Pete Leonello Southern Illinois Miners
Carl Jameson Southern Illinois Miners
Brandon Boyle Windy City ThunderBolts
Kevin Barker Windy City ThunderBolts
Ryan Strombom Windy City ThunderBolts
Alex Miden Windy City ThunderBolts
Andrew Lowe Windy City ThunderBolts
Quintin Alexander Windy City ThunderBolts
Brady Muller Windy City ThunderBolts
Luke Barker Traverse City Beach Bums
Wes Wallace Traverse City Beach Bums
Matt Burns Traverse City Beach Bums
Brian McKenna Traverse City Beach Bums
Lucas Hunter River City Rascals
Mike Jurgella River City Rascals
Josh Eatherly River City Rascals
Alec Saikal River City Rascals
Ben Allison Normal Cornbelters
Kaleb Barlow Normal Cornbelters
Max Ayoub Gateway Grizzlies
Derek Hasenbeck Gateway Grizzlies
Andrew Wellwerts Lake Erie Crushers
Parker Norris Lake Erie Crushers
Nate Antone Lake Erie Crushers
Tom Nagy Lake Erie Crushers
Dakota Freese Joliet Slammers
Casey Fletcher Joliet Slammers
Alex Simone Washington Wild Things
Brian O’Keefe Washington Wild Things
Alex Williams Washington Wild Things
Tyler Garkow Washington Wild Thing

Atlantic League

Colin Moberly New Britain Bees
Nick Murphy New Britain Bees

American Association

Will Soto Joplin Blasters
Mason Morioka Joplin Blasters
Brandon Landanger Lincoln Saltdogs
Kaz Nezu Lincoln Saltdogs

Can-Am League

Jalen Harris Sussex Miners
Michael Tamburino Sussex Miners
Alex DeBellis Rockland Boulders
Max Schonfeld Trois-Rivieres Aigles

Pacific Association

Kyle Adie San Rafael Pacifics
Julian Esquibel San Rafael Pacifics
Mark Lindsay San Rafael Pacifics
Trent Zaks Pittsburg Diamonds
Iszac Valdez Pittsburg Diamonds
Ian Hagenmiller Pittsburg Diamonds
Ethan Szabo Sonoma Stompers
Landon Hunt Sonoma Stompers
Masahiro Miyadera Sonoma Stompers
Marcus Blackmon Sonoma Stompers
Eddie Mora -Loera Sonoma Stompers