2015 EPBL GOLD GLOVE ABEL MEDINA ASSIGNED TO ISLANDERS

COMMERCE, CA – The EPBL position players California tryout camp concluded today with 6 players being signed to the 2018 season. One of those players is former gold glove Shortstop Abel Medina and he has been assigned to the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Medina, an experienced shortstop, was a member of the first ever EPBL Championship team and was awarded the Gold Glove award and defensive MVP in 2015.

“Being an infielder I am very picky about shortstops or infielders in general. Watching this guy showcase his talents here in California put a smile on my face. Not to mention his hitting mechanics are pro ready. It’s going to be exciting to watch this guy play this year” – VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

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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MVP JACOB BISSELL SIGNS WITH NORMAL CORNBELTERS OF THE FRONTIER LEAGUE

NORMAL – Empire League Most Valuable Player, Islanders MVP, Home Run King and RBI monster Jacob Bissell has officially signed to play with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League.

Bissell led the Empire League in Home Runs and RBI’s while playing for the Puerto Rico Islanders. This coming after the Islanders traded for Bissell midway through the first half of the season.

“JJ is not only the MVP of the league, but the guy is a team player, he’s hilarious and a powerful left handed bat. There’s not enough i could say about JJ but I will say I am so happy and proud to have watched him play and do what he did in the Empire League and now for him to get an opportunity to play in the Frontier League is just deserving. I wish him great success in the future” – VP Jerry Gonzalez

Bissell will join a team with a few familiar faces. One being Pascual Santiago former manager of the Old Orchard Beach Surge and now current hitting coach with the Normal Cornbelters.

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2B EDWIN ARROYO SIGNS WITH CHICAGO DOGS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

TAMPA, FL – The newest franchise of the American Association has called on the Empire League to help fill a need and has signed one of the 2017 Empire League top hitters in Edwin Arroyo.

Arroyo, who previously earned a Gold Glove in the Puerto Rico doble A league, signed with the Old Orchard Beach Surge in a move that sent former Miami Hurricane Sebastian Diaz to the CanAm League. Arroyo was later traded to the Puerto Rico Islanders where he led the team to a near playoff appearance by just one game.

The Chicago Dogs are the newest franchise in the American Association. The team is managed by experienced coach Butch Hobson.

Arroyo will report to spring training and will be on the opening day roster as the teams second baseman.

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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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JACOB CORDERO TO QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Jacob Cordero, shortstop of the Puerto Rico Islanders, will get an opportunity to move on with the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm League.

Cordero will head to New Jersey immediately to join the team tonight versus the New Jersey Jackals. He will join former Empire League Miles Moeller and Edgar Lebron in the squad!

Cordero was a former 11th round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks and is on pace to earn the Defensive MVP award in the Empire League.

He has played the last few seasons in the Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Winter League where many major league stars play during the winter.

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ISLANDERS SEASON ENDED AFTER LOSS TO REDBIRDS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Puerto Rico Islanders season comes to an end as the Islanders lost to the RedBirds today allowing the Old Orchard Beach Surge to claim the second half.

The Islanders came out in the second half and finished with an impressive  18 victories and tied for first with the Surge. The tie breaker was the overall standings record which favored the 1st place overall Surge.

This concludes the Islanders first season of professional baseball and on behalf of the Islanders, the staff and players would like to thank all of those fans, families and friends who followed the Islanders  all season long.

The Islanders will try to play in Puerto Rico next season and will  look to bounce back in 2018 in the Empire League.

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EMMANUEL CRUZ SENT TO FARGO MOORHEAD OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Emmanuel Cruz, 3rd baseman of the Puerto Rico Islanders moved to Fargo Moorhead of the American Association.

Manny, who was signed originally as a shortstop, spent most of his time playing third base for the Puerto Rico Islanders as the team already had former 11th round pick by the Diamondbacks in Jacob Cordero and gold glove winner in liga Doble A in Puerto Rico Edwin Arroyo at second base.

Manny was recently serving as the teams 3 hole hitter and is a very strong power and contact player.

Cruz finishedd with a .367 batting average (40 for 109) with 2 home runs and 33 RBIs.

He will join the team immediately and is hopeful that this opportunity can get him even higher in levels.

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ISLANDERS WIN 7TH STRAIGHT, ONLY ONE GAME FROM FIRST PLACE

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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KYLE CHAVEZ PROMOTED TO RAILCATS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – Kyle Chavez of the Puerto Rico Islanders moved to the Gary Southshore Railcats of the American Association of professional baseball.

Chavez, a submarine right handed pitcher, was taken by the Railcats today as a relief pitcher. He will report immediately and will look to help the Railcats advance to the playoffs as they are in the hunt.

Chavez pitched very well for the Islanders and is thankful for the Empire League for giving him a chance.

“If it wasn’t for you guys, i wouldn’t have had a place to play. So thank you so much!” said Chavez to VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez today

The Empire League really focuses on providing that stepping stone for those that were not chosen and are providing quality baseball and opportunities.

ISLANDERS ARE IN THE HUNT, DEFEAT FIRST PLACE SURGE

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Old Orchard Beach Surge, who are in first place in the second half, lost to the Puerto Rico Islanders, who are second in the second half, in a game that was one sided.

Islanders put up 14 runs including a big blast from Shortstop Jacob Cordero, base clearing double by recently acquired Derik Bontempo and also recently acquired Trey Hannam.

Surge starter Brendan Henriquez could not figure out how to get the Islanders as he only went 2.2 innings of work. On the other hand, Islanders Julio Morales tossed 5 great innings while striking out 5 batters in route to a victory.

Sebastian Diaz and Gevon Jackson led the way offensively for the Surge as they both provided solo shots and the only two runs for the team.

The Surge are now just games from the Islanders who have reached their transaction limit and have made some key acquisitions that has given the Islanders a legitimate chance at making the playoffs.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Islanders and Surge will face in a double header tomorrow night as both teams are now officially in the hunt for the last playoff spots.

Game times are 3:30pm and 6:30pm and this will be the last two home games for the Surge.

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