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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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The Thoroughbred Baseball League

New season, new start ups. It’s about that time of the year where new independent leagues seem to be popping up all over the country.

The Thoroughbred Baseball League, based out of Lexington, Kentucky, seems to be the one gaining the most buzz around the independent baseball world.

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Thoroughbred League Mission
“We are committed as a group and as individuals to help players advance their game by affording opportunities to advance through the ranks of professional baseball. The players will always come first, without them the game doesn’t exist.”

From their website, it appears as though the league will consist of six teams, each with 25 players per team.  All of the teams will play at the Eagle Sports Plex which has two professional baseball fields. (Indy Ball Island has not been able to find any additional information on this complex.)

The league has a 55 game schedule along with an All-Star game and homerun derby.  They also state that all players will be paid on a weekly basis.

The website has a link to sign up for training camp registration (the cost – if accepted into training camp – is $590) as well as information regarding the training camp on their main page.

The inaugural training tryout camp will begin May 30th 2017-June 2nd 2017.
The training camp will consist of players who have either been recommended, been invited from a pre-camp tryout or have been verified by staff. These players will initially check in to camp at 7:00 am on May 30th. Each player will receive color specific and numbered jersey for camp. Each player will then be ran through a pro style workout to record their 60 time and receive a grade from the training camp staff as well as team managers.

At 2pm on May 30th a tryout roster will be posted at the tryout complex where each candidate will be placed on a team which he will remain throughout the tryout camp process. These teams will compete against one another in modified game situations through the balance of the training tryout camp.

On Friday evening June 2nd, a posting will be made of all six Thoroughbred League rosters. These rosters will be the chosen teams for the summer 2017 season.

Each roster will consist of 25 players each. Each team will consist of the following: 19 of the rostered players may have professional experience, however 6 players on each roster may have zero professional experience. Each team having 6 true rookies will be different from all other professional leagues. Having 6 true rookies per squad will allow guys who have not been drafted or who are new graduates the ability to begin their professional career.

Immediately following roster postings each player will be signed to their professional contract to the Thoroughbred League and fill out payroll paperwork with the leagues payroll company. This is real professional baseball ALL PLAYERS WILL BE PAID WEEKLY! Each player must have with them at signing, proper identification in order to sign contract as well as payroll documents.

On Saturday June 3rd, there will be a dinner for all 6 teams to meet and greet with the local communities. Players at this time will be invited to sign autographs etc. Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th Teams will be allowed practice times and uniforms as well as equipment will be distributed by your team managers and coaches. Each player will receive BP uniform, as well as a home and away uniform.

Cost of training camp is $590 USD per player. Players are responsible for all personal expenses during camp. Please click on Registration tab to register. You will be contacted as soon as you are accepted. (NOTE) NOT ALL PLAYERS WILL BE ACCEPTED TO TRAINING CAMP, PLEASE DO NOT CLICK PAY UNTIL YOU ARE CONFIRMED. YOU HOWEVER WILL NOT BE FULLY REGISTERED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED, SPOTS ARE LIMITED BASED ON NEED, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND MAY PAY AT THAT TIME.

Honestly, it seems as though we’ve heard this information countless times over the last few years about a new start up league. I have reached out to Dallas Murphy (presumably the owner, as his name is listed first on the staff directory) to see if he is willing to answer any questions players or myself may have for him. Please comment on here or email (kaymthompson@gmail.com) any questions you may have for the league.