EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Prospects continue to shuffle their roster in anticipation of the 2019 WCBL season, as the club announced the signings of Javier Ramirez (IF) and Greyson Barrett (RHP/OF) on Monday. Both players are currently playing out the college season with Taft Community College in Taft, California.
“Taft has a history of doing things the right way,” commented Prospects head coach Jordan Blundell. “They’re an established program in the ultra-competitive Central Valley Conference, and you’re always challenged and up against a good competitor. I’ve got a lot of respect for (head coach) Vince Maiocco, and have played with some guys who played for coach Maiocco back in the day. It’s a high-quality program, and we feel we’re getting solid players in part because of that.”
Ramirez, a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, comes to the Prospects after a stellar freshman season at Taft. As a rookie last season, the infielder led the team in both stolen bases and walks. Currently, Ramirez is batting .200 with a single home run in 4 games.
“We’re excited (Javier) has signed with us for the 2019 season,” said Blundell. “He’s got some versatility, and he’ll be fun to watch on both sides of the ball; he produced as a first-year player, and from the recommendation coach Vince gave us we feel Javier is going to be a solid player for us this season.”
Barrett, from Bakersfield, California, is another player expected to add versatility to the Edmonton Prospects lineup. Not only is the freshman able to play both the infield and outfield, but pitch as well. That’s a role Blundell expects will continue with the Prospects.
“(Greyson) is a young guy, and still both pitches and hits. I do see him filling both those roles for us, frankly; he’s got some stuff on the mound, he’s got a little pop in the bat and he’s experienced success this far throughout his career.”
Having a player like Barrett, Blundell says, gives the Prospects an advantage both on-and-off the field.
“It’s a long season, and you’ve got to make sure guys are healthy (throughout the year),” said the head coach. “Having guys like Greyson that can do a couple of different things makes it easier for us to mix-and-match and gives us some options late in games. It’s a weapon to have a player like that, and we’re excited to see what he can do.”
The Edmonton Prospects kick off the WCBL season on May 25th with their home opener against the Lethbridge Bulls.
- Tickets for the WCBL All-Star Game on July 7th in Edmonton are now available through the WCBL website.
- The Prospects are currently promoting their Fireworks Pack and “Bring Your Dad” Pack tickets, now available online.
- A reminder that the annual Edmonton Prospects Gala will be taking place on Saturday, February 16th at Fort Edmonton Park. Buck Martinez, John Short and Kent Morrison are all confirmed to attend this year’s event.
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