EMPIRE ANNOUNCES ALL TEAM LOCATIONS FOR 2018

TAMPA, FL –  The 2018 Empire Season is just around the corner.  Get your self ready for fun baseball excitement in the Northeast this summer.

Come have a dog and catch a Ball game with us if you are in any of our Franchise locations.  The Empire League focuses on showcasing up and coming out of college Ball players looking to take a step into a pro career.
In two season nearly half of the players that have played in the Empire league have been promoted or signed by higher classification Pro Baseball Leagues including affiliated organizations like the Rockies, Royals, and Yankees.

As you know, last season the Puerto Rico Islanders were the only travel team in the league. The agreement to put the team in Puerto Rico has been held back due to the effects of Hurricane Irma. Therefore, the Puerto Rico Islanders will once again serve as a road team for the this season while the team will look to have its home in Puerto Rico for the 2019 season.

The Wild, will return for the 2018 season  to play in the beautiful Memorial Field in Concord, New Hampshire.

 

The Bucks, who previous played the 2016 season in Watertown, New York, will play the 2018 season in Georgetown, Delaware at the Sports at the Beach Complex Main Field.

 

The Sullivan Explorers will return to an improved Generals Park for their 3rd season  of Empire League play in the catskill mountains of SUNY Sullivan Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York.

The Plattsburgh RedBirds will return to the beautiful historic city of Plattsburgh for its second season in route of back to back championship seasons.

The Old Orchard Beach Surge will return for another season at The Ballpark in the beautiful city of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. This will be the teams fourth season in Old Orchard Beach in which the 2018 All Star Game will be held.

 

FORMER SULLIVAN EXPLORERS SS SIGNS WITH THE NEW YORK YANKEES

TAMPA, FL – Nate Coronado, who played for the entire season  for the 2016 Empire League Champions Sullivan Explorers, has officially signed with the New York Yankees.

Nate, one of the top prospects of the Empire League in 2016, played shortstop, third base  for the Explorers.  He led the team with a .381 batting average  in 126 At Bats  hitting 4 home runs  while driving in 27 runs and scoring 35 times.  He also led the team in stolen bases with 13.

Coronado went on to sign with the Colorado Rockies for the 2017 season after the 2016 Empire League season in which he was sent to the Rookie ball level in the Pioneer League team  called Grand Junction Rockies.  In the only 20 At Bats he had during his time with the Rockies he had 9 total hits, 3 of them Home Runs, which is  1 home run every 6.67 at bats,  .450 batting average,  1 triple and 7 RBI’s and stolen base. Numbers that are beyond Rookie level. Well, Coronado was released after putting up those numbers.

Coronado went on to finish 2017 with a .333 batting average in the highest level of independent baseball (Atlantic League). In 60 games, he had 69 Hits  in 205 At bats,  13 doubles, 2 triples and 6 Home Runs with the Landcaster Barnstormers. He had 38 RBI’s and 16 stolen bases.

Coronado had proved once again he is a top prospect in minor league baseball and the New York Yankees signed Coronado for the 2018 season.

“I hated having to play the Explorers that in 2016, they had some great hitters and having to face a guy like Coronado was tough. He’s an above average athlete and baseball player with incredible mechanics and i hope the Yankees keep him for a long time” – VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Nate will report to Tampa, Florida where the New York Yankees spring training  complex  is located as he awaits assignment to a team.

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REDBIRDS CLAIM 2-WAY OF/P ANTHONY WIGGINS IN CALIFORNIA

COMMERCE, CA – The RedBirds claimed one of the best overall players in the California camp. A speedy, strong, fast, hard throwing left handed rookie Anthony Wiggins for the 2018 season.

The RedBirds will look to repeat in 2018 as they have made a strong movie claiming Anthony Wiggins who ran a 6.8 60-yard dash.

“I was impressed from the moment I saw him run. But then to see him hit a triple off a good pitcher, throw a guy out at third from the fence and then come in and throw in the low 90’s is an independent teams gold.” – VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

The Southern Nazarene University product will be on the opening day roster for the RedBirds.

The Empire League will have spring training in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018 to finalize the final 120 roster spots/contracts available. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps. For those players interested in pursuing your dreams and would like a shot at professional baseball, remember, the EPBL only signs players that attend EPBL camps. This will be the last tryout camp in professional baseball this season. To be accepted, visit empireproleague.com, click the tryouts link and apply for acceptance to our spring Training Tryout camp before camp spots are filled. There are limited participants accepted into the EPBL ST Tryout camp. So players are recommended to not wait as once camp is filled, no one else will be allowed to tryout.

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SURGE CLAIM STRONG CORNER DOMINGUEZ IN CALIFORNIA CAMP

COMMERCE, CA – With the EPBL tryout camp in California bringing in tons of talent, the Old Orchard Beach made a move themselves claiming corner infielder and left handed power bat in Daniel Dominguez.

Dominguez, a 24 year old right handed thrower and left handed hitter, displayed amongst the best hitting mechanics of the camp.

“From the first ground ball at third i could tell there was something different about Daniel. He looked really smooth and calm and accurate. Then he scooped everything up at first base and showed the mechanics i look for in a hitter. A very smooth sweet swing and the ball just exploded off his bat. Surge got themselves a good one” – VP of Baseball

Dominguez will enter his rookie season in Old Orchard Beach where the town is hungry for a championship. With the addition of Dominguez, it certainly helps those chances for the Surge.

The Empire League will have spring training in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018 to finalize the final 120 roster spots/contracts available. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps. For those players interested in pursuing your dreams and would like a shot at professional baseball, remember, the EPBL only signs players that attend EPBL camps. This will be the last tryout camp in professional baseball this season. To be accepted, visit empireproleague.com, click the tryouts link and apply for acceptance to our spring Training Tryout camp before camp spots are filled. There are limited participants accepted into the EPBL ST Tryout camp. So players are recommended to not wait as once camp is filled, no one else will be allowed to tryout.

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WILD CLAIM OF CODY DEN BESTE FROM CALIFORNIA CAMP

COMMERCE, CA – Cody Den Beste has been claimed by the New Hampshire Wild at the conclusion of the California Camp. The left handed hitting outfielders out of California will join the Wild in its new home in Concord, New Hampshire.

Den Beste was among the top Outfielders in speed. He ran a 6.7 60-yard dash and showed a very accurate strong arm from the outfield.

” What’s not to love about this guy. Strong athletic appearance, plus arm, fast in the outfield, great fielding mechanics and can spread the ball around the field on command with hitting. I’m excited to see how Cody will do this year.” – VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Den Beste previously spent 15 days in the Pecos League where he was not given much of an opportunity to pay late in the season and will look to start the 2018 season on the right step.

The Empire League will have spring training in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018 to finalize the final 120 roster spots/contracts available. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps. For those players interested in pursuing your dreams and would like a shot at professional baseball, remember, the EPBL only signs players that attend EPBL camps. This will be the last tryout camp in professional baseball this season. To be accepted, visit empireproleague.com, click the tryouts link and apply for acceptance to our spring Training Tryout camp before camp spots are filled. There are limited participants accepted into the EPBL ST Tryout camp. So players are recommended to not wait as once camp is filled, no one else will be allowed to tryout.

Article by Empire Media