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2019 CWL and Frontier Draft Opening Day Update

The regular season has started around independent baseball. This is the first update on the signings from the California Winter League and the Frontier League Draft.

About 50% of CWL signings are currently active on a roster while 40% of Frontier League Draft picks have made a team out of spring training.

If a player DID make an opening day roster, keep in mind that the posted statistics are based only on a few games since the season just started.

California Winter League Signings

CWL

MLB

JARRET MARTIN – TEXAS RANGERS (Pitched 4 games for AAA Nashville with a 17.47 ERA in 5.2 IP. Currently has a 7.20 ERA in 6 games and 5.2 IP with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League).

Frontier League

ANTHONY BALETO – RIVER CITY RASCALS (R-1 RHP 0-1 6.00 ERA 3 IP in 3 games.)
DEREK BANGERT – WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS (R-1 IF .000 avg 7 AB in 2 games. 1BB 3K. 1 RBI. Bangert was a Thunderbolt last year as well.)
JOE BECHT – WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS (R-2 OF .190 avg 21 AB in 6 games. 4 H 3 BB 6K 1 RBI 1 SB. Becht was a Thunderbolt last year as well.)
JACOB BOSTON – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS (Released in ST)
ELLIOT FORDE – WASHINGTON WILD THINGS (Inactive List)
GRANT GAMBLE – EVANSVILLE OTTERS (Released in ST)
RYAN GOWENS – GATEWAY GRIZZLIES (R-1 1-0 0.00 ERA 3IP in 1 game. 2K 1BB 1H)
JACKSON KLEIN – GATEWAY GRIZZLIES (Inactive List)
GLENN KUBEK – SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS (Released in ST)
AUSTIN MARCHANT – FLORENCE FREEDOM (Released in ST)
ALEX McCUNE – FLORENCE FREEDOM (Released in ST)
TRAVIS McQUEEN – RIVER CITY RASCALS (R-1 RHP 1-0 0.00 ERA 9 IP in 2 games – 1 start.)
NICHOLAS MICHAELS – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS (Released in ST)
WILLIAM MYERS – EVANSVILLE OTTERS (Released in ST)
BRANDON NYLIN – WASHINGTON WILD THINGS (Released in ST)
FRANK PODKUL – JOLIET SLAMMERS (R-1 IF .182 avg 11 AB in 4 games. 1H 1BB 7K.)
KEVIN RILEY – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS (Released in ST)
ALEX SANTANA – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS (E-2 OF/IF .200 avg 20 AB in 7 games. 4 H 4BB 12K 1 RBI.)
MICHAEL STRYFFELER – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS (R-1 RHP 1-0 0.00 ERA 4IP in 3 games. 4K 5 BB 3H.)
SHINYA TOYAMA – SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS (Released in ST)
COLTEN TRAGER – JOLIET SLAMMERS (Placed on DL)

(21 signed, 8 have played)

American Association

TYLER GARKOW – WINNIPEG GOLDEYES (Rookie RHP 0.00 ERA 1 IP 1K)
KEVIN GRENDELL – LINCOLN SALTDOGS (Traded to: Fargo-Moorhead on 4/2. Traded to: Sussex County (Can-Am League) on 5/13. LS-2 LHP has not played)
DANIEL HERRERA – LINCOLN SALTDOGS (Rookie C has not played)

(3 signed, 1 has played)

United Shore Pro Baseball League

SETH BURRIS – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS (Released)
NICK CAMPANA – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS (OF .583 avg 7 H 14 AB in 3 games. 6 RBI 13 total bases.)
NOAH GOTSIS – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS (RHP 1-0 0.00 ERA 5 IP, 1 start. 5 H 6K.)
ZACK GRAY – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS (IF .167 avg 2H 12AB in 3 games. 3 RBI.)
WESLEY JONES – EASTSIDE DIAMOND HOPPERS (IF .417 avg 5H 12 AB in 3 games.
JENSEN KIRCH – WESTSIDE WOOLLY MAMMOTHS (Released)
T.J. WARD – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS (IF .214 avg 3H 14 AB in 3 games. 1 RBI)
TODD WEISS – BIRMINGHAM BEAVERS (OF .000 avg 1 AB 1BB)

(8 signed, 6 have played)

Can-Am League

BEN MAUSETH – NEW JERSEY JACKALS (Released)
PARKER SNIATYNSKI – LES AIGLES de TROISRIVIERES (Rookie OF .500 avg 2 AB in 1 game. 2BB 1H 1K.)
JESSE RUSSO – LES AIGLES de TROIS-RIVIERES (Released)

(3 signed, 1 played)

Mexican League

KYLE LAZCANO – DURANGO GENERALES (Now playing for Delfines de La Paz in the Liga Norte de México)

International

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

Frontier League Draft Picks

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Round 1

  1. Gateway Grizzlies- Reign Letkeman– RHP (R-1 1-0 0.00 ERA 6IP 1 start. 5K 2BB 2H)
  2. Florence Freedom- Ed Voyles- RHP (Released in ST)
  3. Gateway Grizzlies- Gunnar Buhner– 2B (R-1 .182 avg 2H 11AB in 5 games. 4BB 6K 2 RBI)
  4. Schaumburg Boomers- Joe Dougherty– RHP (R-1 2.07 ERA 4.1 IP in 3 games. 3K 2BB 4 H)
  5. Southern Illinois Miners- Cody Thompson- RHP (Placed on DL 5/8)
  6. Florence Freedom- Carson Lee- 2B (Released in ST)
  7. Schaumburg Boomers- CJ Lee- RHP (Released in ST)
  8. Evansville Otters- Anthony Maselli– SS (R-1 .000 avg 1BB 3K 5AB in 4 games)
  9. Gateway Grizzlies-Fernando Villegas- C (Released in ST)
  10. Joliet Slammers- Noah Sadler- LHP (Released in ST)
  11. Washington Wild Things- Joe Jones– RHP (R-1 0.00 ERA 1.2IP in 1 game. 4BB 1H 2K)

Round 2

  1. Windy City ThunderBolts- Brynn Martinez– SS (R-1 .308 avg 8H 28AB in 8 games. 6 RBI 3SB 1BB)
  2. Windy City ThunderBolts- Tanner Bos- 1B (Released in ST)
  3. Schaumburg Boomers-Pass
  4. Southern Illinois Miners-Jonah Deon-Hargraves- C (Released in ST)
  5. Florence Freedom- Pass
  6. Lake Erie Crushers- Luke Laurita- LHP (Released in ST)
  7. Evansville Otters- Tanner Pruett- LHP (Released in ST)
  8. Joliet Slammers- Justin Curry– RHP (R-1 0-1 3.85 ERA 2.1 IP in 2 games. 3BB 3K 2H)
  9. Washington Wild Things- Joba Ferrell- OF (Released in ST)

Round 3

  1. Gateway Grizzlies- Pass
  2. Windy City ThunderBolts- Pass
  3. Southern Illinois Miners- Nick Duron– RHP (R-2 0.00 ERA 1 Save. 1.2IP in 2 games. 1BB 1H 2K)
  4. Lake Erie Crushers- Brodie Bryan– OF (R-1 .217 avg 5H 23AB in 7 games. 4 RBI 1K 8K 1SB)
  5. Evansville Otters- Pass
  6. River City Rascals- Sam Thoele- RHP (Released in ST)
  7. Joliet Slammers- Kevin Mampe- 3B (Released in ST)
  8. Southern Illinois Miners- Jake Simpson C (Released in ST)
  9. Lake Erie Crushers- Pass
  10. River City Rascals- Tyler Sharp- RHP (Released in ST)
  11. Southern Illinois Miners- Heath Renz– RHP (R-2 5.78 ERA 4.2 IP in 3 games. 4K 4BB 5H)
  12. River City Rascals- Kyle Fimbrez– RHP (R-1 0.00 ERA 5IP in 3 games. 3K 1 BB 5H)
  13. River City Rascals- Jake Willsey- SS (Released in ST)

(27 signed, 11 have played, 1 additional on the DL )

 

Indy Ball Island will do another update after the first month of games are complete.

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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