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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2017 BATTING CHAMP ASSIGNED TO EXPLORERS AFTER CALI CAMP

COMMERCE, CA – The Empire League batting champ from 2017 has signed in the California Tryout Camp today and has been assigned to the Sullivan Explorers where he will look to repeat as batting champ in 2018.

Carter hit .354 batting average in 176 Plate Appearances last season with 2 Home Runs and 25 Runs Batted In. Carter transitioned from 3rd Base to Outfield and will look to become more valuable by adding first base to his defense.

“This guy crushes balls. In the 3 rounds he got today he must have hit 10 or 12 balls 375ft or longer. There was a reason he was the batting champ last year and I’m interested to see if he can repeat this year. Hopefully we can help him advance this time around.” Vp of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Carter will join the team where first year manager Joey Molina has been named the teams new coach.

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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JOEY MOLINA NAMED MANAGER OF THE SULLIVAN EXPLORERS

TAMPA, FL – The Empire Professional Baseball League have officially named Joey Molina, out of California, the new manager of the Sullivan Explorers.

Molina, who currently serves as an instructor and coach at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California, was among the top candidates for a field manager position out of over 100 applicants.

Joey has the perfect mentality that we look for. He has tremendous knowledge of the game as well as judgement of players and he is devoted to helping players advance in their careers which is what the Empire League is about. He has trained many talented ball players including one of our latest signings to the Kansas City Royals in Tarik El-Abour, and we couldn’t be happier to have Joey on board.” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Molina will serve as the new Field Manager for the Sullivan Explorers and will be entering his first year as a Field Manager in professional baseball.

He will be looking to fill his entire roster at this years Spring Training Tryout Camp in Delaware where all team rosters of the 2018 EPBL Season will be filled and over 120 contracts offered. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps.

For interested players, visit the tryout links to be accepted into the upcoming Spring Training Camp in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018.

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LHP JAMES MULRY SIGNS WITH SCHAUMBERG BOOMERS OF THE FRONTIER LEAGUE

SULLIVAN, NY – James Mulry, who signed late in the season with the Sullivan Explorers signs with the 2017 Champions Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League.

Mulry appeared in just 6 games for the Explorers and although his numbers didn’t show it, Mulry was a very effective big left handed pitcher.

“James is 6’3″ 235 lbs of an athlete. Hes got a great appearance and can throw the ball pretty hard. What manager in the world wouldn’t want that? He wasn’t here long enough to do much but what he showed was very impressive and we hope that he shows that in the Frontier League to help lead Schaumburg to another Championship” – VP Jerry Gonzalez

The 24 year old struck out 11 batters in 8 innings of work and 7 of them looking. Mulry will join many other Empire League players who will continue on with their careers in the Frontier League this coming season.

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2018 EARLY CAMP REGISTRATION LAST CALL

TAMPA, FL – The Empire League spring training where all team rosters are filled are making its last call for  Early Registration.  To be accepted Click Here or visit the 2018 Tryouts Link and fill out player acceptance form located at empireproleague.com
We are officially in the final stretch of the sponsored early registration period. This is the chance players have had to attend the week long camp at a discounted rate thanks to our sponsors.
On January 15th this period will come to an end. We encourage all players accepted to reserve their camp entry with their Registration or housing deposit. After January 15th the camp entry cost will go back up to its original prices and this is the only way to save several hundred dollars for this great event. Fill out the Players Acceptance form and you will be contacted by VP of Baseball and League Director Jerry Gonzalez to finalize the process. This is a first come first gets opportunity until event is filled. With the high demand from players wanting to get in registration will remain open, but discounted price ends January 15th.
Fill out Player acceptance form, and if accepted a simple 50% deposit will get you in.
For more, email us at baseball@empireproleague.com
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EXPLORERS END SEASON ON POSITIVE NOTE

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY  – The Sullivan Explorers  season came  to an end today with a double header sweep of the Old Orchard Beach Surge winning 13 to 5 and 2 to 1.

The Explorers did not repeat to get into the playoffs this year as  they finished in last overall after winning a championship last season. However they played a big role in how other teams finished defeating the Surge in final series.

The Sullivan Explorers would like to thank all of the fans, players, families and friends for all your support and look ahead for a great season next year.

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EXPLORERS STRUGGLES CONTINUE AS THEY LOSE 8TH STRAIGHT

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – Islanders sweep yet another double header from the Explorers to win their 7th consecutive game. This is the longest winning streak in franchise history.

In Game one, the Islanders defeated the Explorers 3-1 on a great pitchers duel. Drue Bravo tossed 6 and 2/3  innings of work and got the loss but not before striking out 10 Islanders.  David Wynn earned the victory as he tossed 6 innings  striking out 5 batters  allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits.

The Islanders took the lead when Edwin Arroyo singled up the middle that scored Nick McHugh. On that same play, Kenneth Collins scored on an error by outfielder Joe Fiorino to make the game 2-0.  Joe Fiorino would pick his team back up as he doubled to score the teams only run but wasn’t enough to beat the Islanders.

In Game two, Islanders once again defeated the Explorers by the score 11-2. Kurtis Hultz earned his first ever professional victory. Edwin Arroyo led the way for the Islanders as he belted his first career professional home run while adding 2 more singles on a career night for Arroyo. Dioni Rodriguez belted his second home run of the season and Trey Hannam also homered  as he now has homered in two consecutive games. Cosme Zapata tossed three scoreless innings.

The teams will face each other one last time this season tomorrow at 3:30pm before Islanders head to Plattsburgh and Surge come to Sullivan on what will be the second half deciding series.

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EXPLORERS DROP ANOTHER TO SURGE

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Old Orchard Beach Surge starting Pitcher Eric Mozeika tossed a complete game shutout in a 7-0 victory over the Sullivan Explorers.

Mozeika was spectacular on the hill tonight going the distance against a very good hitting Sullivan Explorers. In the 9 innings, Mozeika allowed 7 hits, walked 4 batters and struck out 7 Explorers. The win is Mozeikas 3rd win of the year.

Sullivan Starter Robbie Kidd tossed 6 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 8 hits while striking out 6 batters.

Edwin Arroyo, Kevin Putkonen and Gevon Jackson led the way offensively for the Surge with 2 hits each including 2 doubles and 2 RBIs from Jackson and 1 RBI from both Putkonen and Arroyo. Alexander Bee has been very impressive since joining the Surge as he has hit safely in all of his starts including a 1 for 2 performance with 2 walks.

Sullivan Explorers had some opportunities to score runs but great defense from the Surge prevented that. Explorers offense was led by Brandon Young who had 2 base hits in the game.

The Surge improve their record to (7-1) while the Explorers drop to (1-6). Both teams are set to face each other in a series ending double header. Games are at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Tickets are on sale at empireproleague.com

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FELO STELLAR, POMALES HOMERS IN 12-3 WIN

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Explorers get their first win of the second half against first place Surge in an excellent outing by Explorers starter Billy Felo.

 

Felo started for the Explorers and went 6 innings of work allowing just 5 hits and no runs while striking out 1 batter. Joe Macks came in relief and pitched  3 innings  finishing the game with 2 runs allowed on 2 hits.

 

Casey Cannon started for the Surge and was not himself as he allowed  only 1 earned run out of 7 that scored. That’s right, 7 total runs given up for Cannon but only 1 was earned as defense made several mistakes  scoring several runs per mistake.

 

Luc Pomales led  the game offensively with  2 hits including a big blast to left center field. Luc added a double and 3 RBIs.  Brian Wirth also a main  part of the offense as he had 4 RBIs and 2 hits.

 

Gevon Jackson had 2 of the 5 total hits the Surge had in the game. He belted a solo homer  over the left field wall as well as a double.

 

Old Orchard Beach Surge moves to (3-1) while the Sullivan Explorers improve to (1-3) for the second half.

 

Next Game is to be played tomorrow night at 6:30pm at  The Ballpark in OOB.

 

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ALL STAR GAME PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The Empire league announces  the 2017 All Star Game participants.

The teams will be divided into two divisions, east and west. Sullivan Explorers and Plattsburgh RedBirds will represent the West side and Puerto Rico Islanders and Old Orchard Beach Surge will represent the East.

The West will  be managed by first half champions manager Joe Winkelsas of the  Plattsburgh RedBirds and assisted by Sullivan Explorers manager John Kazarian.

The East will be managed by Old Orchard Beach manager Pascual Santiago and assisted by Puerto Rico Islanders manager Dalphie Correa.

Representing the West team is:

  1. C Luis Touron
  2. C Brian Brademan
  3. 1B Johnny Cole
  4. 2B Raul Shah
  5. 3B Luc Pomales
  6. SS Brandon Young
  7. OF Samuel Carter
  8. OF Cole Easley
  9. OF Kenneth Collins
  10. UT Tarik El-Abour
  11. UT  Joe Fiorino
  12. UT  Josh Martinez

Pitchers:  Dimitri Nunez, Drue Bravo, Scott Hall, Phillip Richmond, Wendell Floranus, Matthew Doxter,  William Felo,  Damian Boyum, Harry Ferguson

Manager: Joe Winkelsas | Assistant: John Kazarian

Representing the East team is:

  1.   C Jake Simpson
  2.   C Dioni Rodriguez
  3. 1B Kevin Putkonen
  4. 2B Jake Walters
  5. 3B Andres Arroyo
  6. SS Jacob Cordero
  7. OF Mike Davis
  8. OF Gevon Jackson
  9. OF Matt Martinez
  10. UT Michael Heller
  11. UT Kyle Schade
  12. UT Edgar Lebron Jr

Pitchers:  Fabian Feliciano, Darren Lauer, Casey Cannon, Eric Mozeika, Mark Lesinski, Matt Picucci, Kevin Phelps, Kurtis Hultz, Brendan Henriquez

Manager: Pascual Santiago | Assistant: Dalphie Correa