CAMP EARLY REGISTRATION PERIOD ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK, NY –   Every year during the winter, the Empire League provides a week long opportunity for returning and out of college prospects  to register for the independent pro baseball showcase camp early. This opportunity allows for players to sign up for the exciting event during a time when the league secures sponsors and supporting partners.

For this reason, the ELB provides a discounted rate where players can save  from the regular camp cost.   Players have the opportunity to lock in their camp cost for housing and meals at a more economical price  during the early registration period.

 The 2020 Independent Pro Baseball Showcase and ELB  Spring Training camp will give you the opportunity to be scouted by confirmed MLB scouts as well as higher level independent baseball leagues. If a player is not selected by MLB or higher level independent leagues, then the player will have an opportunity to make 1 of the 6 teams in the ELB.

All ELB rosters are made strictly from those players that attend camp.  No players will be signed to the ELB directly from outside winter leagues or other programs.

The Empire League will have 6 teams for the 2020 season of play.  The camp will be held in the week of June 1st to June 5th.

For those players that would like to take advantage of the discounted early bird pricing, deadline to register is January 20th. If you do not register during the  early registration period, you will have an opportunity to register during the regular registration period which goes from March 1st through April 1st. Due to the number of players requesting to participate, no player will be accepted after April 1st.

Register today during the early registration period by clicking here. If you have any questions feel free to contact the ELB at baseball@empireproleague.com

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RELIEVER EDDY REYNOSO DOMINATES IN PUERTO RICO WINTER LEAGUE

MAYAGUEZ, PR – Puerto Rico Islanders right handed reliever Eddy Reynoso has been dominant with his time with the Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Winter League.

Tonight, Reynoso  tossed 1 inning of work giving up  just 1 hit while striking out a batter.  Reynoso worked really well with big league catcher Roberto Peña for the inning. Heres how the inning played out:

  • Jesmuel Valentin pops out to catcher Roberto Pena in foul territory.
  • Zach Davis grounds out to first baseman Ryan Casteel.
  • Henry Ramos singles on a line drive to center fielder Rey Fuentes.
  • Kennys Vargas strikes out swinging.

Reynoso come fresh out of a solid season with the Puerto Rico Islanders in which he  was an All Star pitcher winning 2 games and striking out 17 batters in the 18 innings of work.

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ISLANDERS FINISH 3RD OVERALL HEADING INTO PLAYOFFS

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The  Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the New York Bucks tonight to finish 3rd in the overall standings heading into the Wild Card Playoffs.

Playoffs begin tomorrow August 5th with the New Hampshire Wild playing the Islanders at 11:30am followed by the Road City Explorers against the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds at 4:00pm at Chip Cummings Field.

Tickets for playoffs can be purchased only at the gate of the stadium an hour prior to game time.

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ISLANDERS SEAN CRUZ MOVED TO QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

SARANAC LAKE, NY – Shortly after tossing yet another solid game for the Islanders and being named the All Star Game starter, Sean Cruz is now being moved to the Canam League to play for the Quebec Capitales.

In 33 and two thirds innings pitched, Cruz posted an impressive  1.60 earned run average while striking out 28 batters. Cruz has been a dominant pitcher so far including taking down the leagues best Plattsburgh Thunderbirds to just 3 hits.

In 5 Games started, Cruz has a (3-2) record with two complete games and one shutout.

When i saw Sean down in Puerto Rico and he shut the Thunderbirds down, i said this guy has the potential to go a long ways in this game. When Eddie asked me who i thought one of the best pitchers in this league was without hesitation Sean was one of those guys. He deserves this opportunity and we are excited to help yet another player continue his career at a high level. -VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

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ISLANDERS HEAD TO ALL STAR BREAK LEADING DIVISION, 6 SELECTED TO ASG

The Empire Professional Baseball League has announced the participants for the 2019 Empire League All Star Game and Home Run Derby that will take place on July 21st in Saranac Lake, New York.

For the players list, visit the   All Star Game link to view the finalist for the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game.

In that list, 6 Islanders have been selected which include Marcus Guzman,  Sean Cruz, Logan Maxwell,  Ethan Payson, Gerald Bautista and Jake Weinberger.

The Home Run Derby will consist of 6 players from the 6 Empire League teams each representing their team. They will compete in a Bracket round 1 in which the 3 winners will advance into the final round swing off. Each player will have 10 outs in every round to hit as many Home Runs as possible.  Kids will be allowed to chase fly balls in the outfield if registered 2 hours prior to the Home Run Derby.  Derby will begin at  1pm and will be followed by the All Star Game.

After the All Star Game, there will be a Tap Take over Annual All Star Night Celebration at Hotel Saranac honoring our veterans in which proceeds will benefit non profit charities starting at 5:30pm. Fans, family and friends are all invited Join us for a celebration  night to remember for a good cause.

Tickets for the All Star Game will be available only at the gate at the Saranac Lake Surge field.  Admission is $10 for adults and Children are free. Get there 2 hours prior to the game for batting practice, autographs, photo opportunities and to witness balls flying into Saranac Lake.

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YORDANY SALVA MOVED TO SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

AGUADA, PR –  Top prospect catcher of the 2018 Empire League Champions, Yordany Salva has been moved to the Sussex County Miners of the CanAm League and will join former Plattsburgh Thunderbird Gavin Stupienski as the only two catchers on the team.

Salva was a former Kansas City Royals draft pick who played with the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds in 2017 and Puerto Rico Islanders in 2018 and 2019.

Hes been considered as the leagues top catcher and is now going to continue his career with the Sussex County Miners in the Canam League.

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ISLANDERS/THUNDERBIRDS TO PLAY SERIES VERSUS PUERTO RICO NATIONAL TEAM

AGUADA, PR –  The Empire League and the Puerto Rico National team has agreed to play a series of exhibition games in preparation for the 2019 Olympic Games. These games will be played in the historic stadium of San Juan Hiram Bithorn where most Major League Puerto Rico series are played.

These games will provide exposure to the Empire League players looking to play in national teams. The dates will be July 4, July 9th and July 11th. The team that will be participating in these games will be a combination of the Puerto Rico Islanders with reinforcements of the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds who will be playing in a series down in Puerto Rico.

The Empire League played in these exhibition games last year and came up short in a well fought games as the Puerto Rico national team defeated the Empire League select team 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th inning.

“Its about opportunities for everyone. The national team needs good competition to practice and they got it last year from us and they went on to win Gold. Puerto Rico Islanders catcher Yordany Salva won a gold medal last season as a part of that national team.  It should be fun and exciting to watch and  we are happy for the exposure our guys will get as well as the competition we will provide the national team as they prepare for world competition.” – Jerry Gonzalez Director of Baseball

These guys will be streamed lived through facebook and other social medias. Follow us at Empire Pro League on facebook for more.

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YORDANI SALVA SENT TO GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS OF THE AA

TAMPA, FL – The Empire Professional Baseball League has officially sent 2-time EPBL Champion and Puerto Rico National team catcher Yordani Salva to the Gary Southshore Railcats of the American Association.

Salva won a championship in the EPBL in 2017  with Plattsburgh  and in 2018 with the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Salva posted  a .222 batting average in only 30 plate appearances in 2018 while throwing out  a league high 85% of base runners.

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MATT QUINTANA SIGNS WITH JOLIET SLAMMERS

TAMPA, FL – The Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League have signed  Right handed pitcher Matt Quintana for the 2019 season. Quintana spent the 2018 season with the Puerto Rico Islanders, Champions of the Empire  League.

Quintana posted Cy Young numbers  in 2018 with a 1.39 ERA  going (7-0) with 1 complete game and a shutout in 51.2 innings pitched. He only walked 16 batters while striking out 75.

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PITCHER OF THE YEAR MATT QUINTANA SIGNS WITH NEW BRITAIN BEES OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

TAMPA, FL – A couple of days after  the Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the New York Bucks to take home the 2018 EPBL Championship Cup, The New Britain Bees sign Empire Leagues Pitcher of the Year in Matt Quintana.

Quintana was named Pitcher of the Year in the Empire League after finishing the season  with a 1.39 ERA in  51.2 innings pitched. He started  7 total games in which he posted a perfect (7-0) record.  Quintana struck out 75 total batters giving him the 3rd most strikeouts totals in an Empire League Season.

Quintana will be putting on the independent leagues top level uniform Saturday night. His role has yet to have been determined.

“The whole purpose of the league is to improve your skills to be able to move up to a higher level.  That is exactly what The Empire League gave me.  I was able to pitch against very good talent and learn and improve after each start I had.  This league is a great way to get your name out there if you have little to no pro experience. Jerry and Eddie Gonzalez both did an excellent job of helping us with that by giving us the opportunity to play in front of both affiliated and independent scouts by using their connections since they have been around the game and also played at very high levels of baseball.  I am very thankful for them and all the managers and GM’s who put in a lot of hard work to make this season happen.  Thank you. ” – Matt Quintana

Quintana has had one of the most successful seasons a player could have in the Empire League and  is a perfect example of what the Empire League’s process is about. Competing and putting up consistent numbers in the Empire League and moving on to play at a major league level is the opportunity the Empire League provides and will continue to do so.

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