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2019 CWL Signings and Frontier League Draft Results

The 2019 indy ball season is upon us.

As we’ve done in the past, Indy Ball Island will follow the players signed from the California Winter League and the Frontier League Draft throughout the season to see how each player does…. Which ones stay on a team past spring training? Who will become break out stars? Who will see their baseball dreams come to an end with a release?

California Winter League Signings  (as of 3/19)

MLB

JARRET MARTIN – TEXAS RANGERS

Frontier League

ANTHONY BALETO – RIVER CITY RASCALS
DEREK BANGERT – WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS
JOE BECHT – WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS
JACOB BOSTON – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS
ELLIOT FORDE – WASHINGTON WILD THINGS
GRANT GAMBLE – EVANSVILLE OTTERS
RYAN GOWENS – GATEWAY GRIZZLIES
JACKSON KLEIN – GATEWAY GRIZZLIES
GLENN KUBEK – SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS
AUSTIN MARCHANT – FLORENCE FREEDOM
ALEX McCUNE – FLORENCE FREEDOM
TRAVIS McQUEEN – RIVER CITY RASCALS
NICHOLAS MICHAELS – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS
WILLIAM MYERS – EVANSVILLE OTTERS
BRANDON NYLIN – WASHINGTON WILD THINGS
FRANK PODKUL – JOLIET SLAMMERS
KEVIN RILEY – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS
ALEX SANTANA – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS
MICHAEL STRYFFELER – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS
SHINYA TOYAMA – SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS
COLTEN TRAGER – JOLIET SLAMMERS

American Association

TYLER GARKOW – WINNIPEG GOLDEYES
KEVIN GRENDELL – LINCOLN SALTDOGS
DANIEL HERRERA – LINCOLN SALTDOGS

United Shore Pro Baseball League

SETH BURRIS – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS
NICK CAMPANA – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS
NOAH GOTSIS – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS
ZACK GRAY – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS
WESLEY JONES – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS
JENSEN KIRCH – WESTSIDE WOOLLY MAMMOTHS
T.J. WARD – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS
TODD WEISS – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS

Can-Am League

BEN MAUSETH – NEW JERSEY JACKALS
PARKER SNIATYNSKI – LES AIGLES de TROISRIVIERES
JESSE RUSSO – LES AIGLES de TROIS-RIVIERES

Mexican League

KYLE LAZCANO – DURANGO GENERALES

International

GEN UTAMURA – PARIS UNIVERSITÉ CLUB (FRENCH
ELITE LEAGUE)
JUDAH WOLLENBURG – LOUVAIN LA NEUVE
PHOENIX (BELGIUM BASEBALL LEAGUE)

 

Frontier League Draft Results

Round 1

  1. Gateway Grizzlies- Reign Letkeman- RHP
  2. Florence Freedom- Ed Voyles- RHP
  3. Gateway Grizzlies- Gunnar Buhner- 2B
  4. Schaumburg Boomers- Joe Dougherty- RHP
  5. Southern Illinois Miners- Cody Thompson- RHP
  6. Florence Freedom- Carson Lee- 2B
  7. Schaumburg Boomers- CJ Lee- RHP
  8. Evansville Otters- Anthony Maselli- SS
  9. Gateway Grizzlies-Fernando Villegas- C
  10. Joliet Slammers- Noah Sadler- LHP
  11. Washington Wild Things- Joe Jones- RHP

Round 2

  1. Windy City ThunderBolts- Brynn Martinez- SS
  2. Windy City ThunderBolts- Tanner Bos- 1B
  3. Schaumburg Boomers-Pass
  4. Southern Illinois Miners-Jonah Deon-Hargraves- C
  5. Florence Freedom- Pass
  6. Lake Erie Crushers- Luke Laurita- LHP
  7. Evansville Otters- Tanner Pruett- LHP
  8. Joliet Slammers- Justin Curry- RHP
  9. Washington Wild Things- Joba Ferrell- OF

Round 3

  1. Gateway Grizzlies- Pass
  2. Windy City ThunderBolts- Pass
  3. Southern Illinois Miners- Nick Duron- RHP
  4. Lake Erie Crushers- Brodie Bryan- OF
  5. Evansville Otters- Pass
  6. River City Rascals- Sam Thoele- RHP
  7. Joliet Slammers- Kevin Mampe- 3B
  8. Southern Illinois Miners- James Simpson C
  9. Lake Erie Crushers- Pass
  10. River City Rascals- Tyler Sharp- RHP
  11. Southern Illinois Miners- Heath Renz- RHP
  12. River City Rasals- Kyle Fimbrez- RHP
  13. River City Rascals- Jake Willsey- SS

New Player Eligibility Rules for the Frontier League

During the offseason, the Frontier League renewed their contract with the California Winter League.

This agreement between the CWL and the Frontier League has made the CWL the exclusive winter league of the Frontier.

To honor that agreement, the Frontier League has changed some of their eligibility rules for the 2018 season regarding pay to play leagues and any league that charges a fee to attend spring training.

From the official Frontier League website:

The California Winter League is the exclusive winter league of the Frontier League.

The Frontier League is proud to have extended our agreement with the California Winter League and to make the California Winter League the Exclusive Winter/Showcase League of the Frontier League.

Players who participate after May 1, 2018 in a pay-to-play league or a league that charges a fee to attend their spring training will be ineligible for the Frontier League unless the player has had contact with the Frontier League.

Contact with the Frontier League includes:
Having ever been under contract to a Frontier League team;
Having participated in a past Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft;
Participating in the 2019 Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft (for the 2019 Frontier League season)
Having participated in a past California Winter League season; or
Participating in the 2019 California Winter League season (for the 2019 Frontier League season)

Leagues that are covered by this provision are:
Arizona Winter League/Pro Prospect Winter Leagues, LLC
South Florida Winter League
Desert League
Pecos League
Empire League
Western League
Hudson Valley League
Thoroughbred League
Puerto Rican Instructional Baseball League
Urban League

Please note that this provision is not retroactive and only applies to players participating on one of these leagues after May 1, 2018.