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Johnny Bladel's Contract Purchased by Boston Red Sox

(Waldorf, Md., June 9, 2018) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced Saturday that Johnny Bladel has been signed by the Boston Red Sox organization. Bladel will report to the Double-A affiliate Portland Sea Dogs.

The Virginia native joined the Blue Crabs this season for his first in the Atlantic League. Bladel was named a starter on the Opening Day team, playing right field and batting ninth. The utilityman made the most of his starting opportunity, jumping out of the gates to hit over .400 for the first three weeks of the year. Bladel ranks sixth in the Atlantic League in batting average currently and fifth in on-base percentage.

Bladel went undrafted out of James Madison University, signing with the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League. He burst onto the professional scene, hitting .518 in 48 games with the Triggers and being signed by the American Association’s Amarillo Sox. Bladel spent the last three seasons in the Canadian-American Association, including the last two with the New Jersey Jackals. In 2017, he led the league in hits, runs, stolen bases, doubles, triples, and finished second with a .345 batting average.

“Johnny has been a big piece of our team to this point in the season,” said Manager James Frisbie. “He has provided stability at the top of the lineup all season, and his versatility in the field was a vital part of our success. I have no doubt that he will be a great addition to the Red Sox organization.”

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

The Blue Crabs play 126 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will begin its 11th season in April 2018. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit for more information.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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