EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Prospects are set to kick off their regular season in ten days, and RE/MAX Field is starting to come alive in anticipation of Opening Day.
“You can feel the energy picking up around the ballpark,” comments Prospects head coach Jordan Blundell. “There are more people around, sales are picking up, people are stopping by and buying tickets, we’re cleaning up around the park for Opening Day; it’s like the week before Christmas.”
The organization has been actively recruiting throughout the offseason, with over twenty new players potentially set to suit up for the Prospects in 2019.
“We had a group of guys who had played for us for multiple years and graduated last year,” says Blundell. “(Recruiting heavily) was always going to be the case no matter what.”
However, despite the turnover, the head coach is optimistic about his club’s chances of making a deep playoff run.
“I’m excited looking at our depth chart,” says Blundell. “All these guys are looking forward to making a run and coming together as a group. They’re really looking forward to getting up here next week and to get going next weekend. It’s going to be fun getting to know these guys face-to-face.”
“I think it’s a great mix,” he continues. “We’ve got a bunch of great leaders, and good kids who have had success their whole lives combined with some returning and local guys who just understand what this organization is about.”
“It’s exciting that all these guys are looking forward to coming here and getting the season started and making a run.”
Two players joining the Prospects roster for the 2019 season are Eric Crain (OF) and Lawson Burnett (IF). 2019 marks Crain’s second season in Prospects silks, with Burnett joining the roster for his inaugural season with the club.
Crain, a native of Richmond, VA, returns to the Prospects following his senior year at Longwood University. In 28 regular season games with the team last season, Crain batted .314 with 16 RBI.
“He (Eric) is going to come in and do a couple of different things for us,” said Blundell. “Eric showed last year that he can handle the bat and drive in some runs. He gave us good at-bats and he’s a veteran leader in the clubhouse. I think the leadership qualities he brings to the table are really big for us. To have a guy like (Eric) that the team can lean on and ask questions is huge for the guys who haven’t played here before. Combine that leadership with his ability and baseball acumen, it was an easy decision to have him back.”
Burnett, 22, recently completed his senior season at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Michigan.
“We really liked the information in the video that (Lawson) sent us,” said Blundell. “He’s going to bring some athleticism to the middle of the infield. He can play all the infield spots, so it’ll be easy to mix-and-match for us out there. We think he’ll make plays; his footwork and his glove are going to be huge for us.”
“I think he’ll be able to provide some help for us on offence,” continued the Prospects head coach. “He’s got an efficient, compact swing, and he’ll give us a ton of quality at-bats. Lawson’s got all the things you look for in a ballplayer.”
The Prospects host their home opener on Saturday, May 25th at RE/MAX field against the Lethbridge Bulls. Tickets are available online or at the Prospects box office on game-day.
- The Prospects are hosting a pre-game kickoff party at RE/MAX Field on Opening Day at 5:00 pm. The kickoff event is open to the first 200 fans with a regular game-day ticket. No additional ticket is required.
- Fireworks Packages and Flex Packs are now available for purchase on the Prospects official ticketing site.
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