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Pecos League and Pacific Association Seasons Begin This Week

The Pecos League is set to open their ninth season today (May 30th) while the Pacific Association begins their seventh season of professional baseball on Friday (May 31st).

The Pecos League consists of 12 teams throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.

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Pecos League Opening Day 2019 games and starters:

  • Alpine Cowboys (Jake Waters) at Santa Fe Fuego (Kyle Atkinson) 6 PM MST Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Trinidad Triggers (Conor Bawiec) at Garden City Wind (Rich Edwards) at 6:30 PM CST Garden City, Kansas
  • White Sands Pupfish (Colin Shaw) at Roswell Invaders (Kyle Herrick) 7 PM MST Roswell, New Mexico
  • Wasco Reserves (Max Williams) at Monterey Amberjacks (George Faue) 6 PM PST Monterey, California
  • High Desert Yardbirds (Colton Draney) at Tucson Saguaros (Will Morris) 7 PM PST Tucson, Arizona
  • California City Whiptails (Scott Bigelow) at Bakersfield Train Robbers (Edilson Alvarez) at 7:45 PM PST Bakersfield, California

 

This year, the Pacific Association will have five teams (including one travel team – the Stockade), all based out of California.

pacific association

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION TO OPEN 7TH SEASON OF PROFESSIONAL,
INDEPENDENT BASEBALL IN NORTHER CALIFORNIA
(Official Press Release)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is set to embark on its seventh season with Opening Day celebrations in San Rafael and Vallejo on Friday night. The Vallejo Admirals play host to the Napa Silverados at Wilson Park in Vallejo with first pitched scheduled for 6:35. A few miles West at Albert Park in San Rafael, the defending champion Pacifics will host newcomers Salina Stockade, also at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Vallejo travels west on Hwy 37 to take on San Rafael at 5 p.m., while the Sonoma Stompers — who boasted a league record with 57 wins in 2018 — will host the Stockade at 7:05 pm at Arnold Field in Sonoma. The Napa Silverados will welcome the Stockade to Napa Valley College at 1 p.m. for their home opener Saturday. The opening weekend winds down Sunday Sonoma hosts Napa at 7:05 p.m. and Vallejo invites San Rafael for a 1 p.m. matinee at Wilson Park.

Tickets and information for all the games all season long can be found at the team websites:

https://silveradosbaseball.com/

http://www.stompersbaseball.com/

http://vallejoadmirals.com/

https://www.pacificsbaseball.com/

Two clubs are under new ownership in 2019 as the Napa Silverados are owned and operated by Tito and Alma Fuentes and their partner Dave Halloran. Additionally, the longtime stalwart of the league and charter member from 2013 season was sold to Gabriel Suarez. The Association also welcomes the Salina Stockade into the fold this season as a travel club.

Founded in 2013, and known for its groundbreaking moments, the Pacific Association remains the only independent professional league west of the Rocky Mountains. Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area — a top-five media market with more than 10 million residents — with reach into the Northern California Wine Country, the boutique baseball league hopes to continue that spirit of innovation and ingenuity in the future.

Our league was the first in the history of baseball to sign an openly gay player. It was the first in generations to integrate multiple women onto a roster, and it was the first to experiment with a computerized strike zone with a “robotic umpire”. The league’s 2015 season was chronicled in the New York Times Bestselling book, The Only Rule Is It Has To Work, when the Sonoma Stompers partnered with former Baseball Prospectus managing editors, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, in an experiment to bring cutting edge analytics into clubhouse as well as the dugout.

We are excited to deliver a product that sets the standard and continues to raise the bar for Independent Baseball on the West Coast.

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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.