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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
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UPDATE Changes for MLB/Atlantic League Experimental Playing Rules

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

UPDATE REGARDING MLB-ALPB EXPERIMENTAL PLAYING RULES


ALPB-MLB-Partnership-StoryIncrease of Distance Between Mound and Plate Delayed Until Second Half of 2020

 

(Lancaster, Pa., April 10, 2019) – Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs (ALPB) today announced adjustments that have been made to the preliminary list of experimental playing rules and equipment initiatives that MLB wishes to test during 2019 ALPB games.

First, the use of radar tracking technology to assist the home plate umpire in calling balls and strikes will be implemented gradually over the course of the 2019 season rather than on ALPB Opening Day. Second, the plan to extend the distance between the pitching rubber and home plate by 24 inches has been delayed from the second half of the ALPB’s 2019 season to the same point in 2020. These changes reflect the dynamic nature of the partnership, as well as a joint desire that the upcoming technology upgrades at ALPB ballparks be fully installed and calibrated prior to implementation of these experimental playing rules.

“Our partnership with Major League Baseball calls for ongoing mutual consultation. As we conduct discussions and work together, certain adjustments will need to be made on an ongoing basis in order to serve the partnership’s priority of providing the best possible data to Major League Baseball in the highly competitive Atlantic League environment,” said Rick White, President of the ALPB. “This is, and will remain, a thoughtful relationship intended to best serve the future of the game of baseball.”

 

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.