03/14/2018 12:38 PM
(Waldorf, Md., March 14, 2018) - The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have announced the signings of two catchers for the 2018 season, Austin Green and Jose Gonzalez.
The 28-year-old Green will join the Blue Crabs for his first season in the Atlantic League. The former Detroit Tigers farmhand spent five seasons in the minor leagues, reaching as high as AA. Green was a 13th round draft pick by the Tigers in 2013, after making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances with the University of San Diego.
The California native had a breakout year in his first full season with the organization, hitting .263 with 15 homeruns and 53 RBI’s as a member of the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Green was named Florida State League player of the week in August of that season, as well as being voted a Mid-Season All-Star. He then spent the next two seasons playing at the AA level, hitting .248 in 139 games for the Erie Seawolves.
The veteran Gonzalez heads to Southern Maryland with 12 years of professional experience. The Venezuelan was a free agent signing of the Colorado Rockies in 2006, at just 19-years-old. He spent the next nine seasons climbing the ranks of the Rockies organization, reaching as high as the AAA level.
After a quick 14 game stint with the Southern Illinois Miners, Gonzalez joined the St. Louis Cardinals organization for the 2015 season. Gonzalez headed to the American Association in 2016, posting an All-Star campaign with the Gary SouthShore Railcats. The defensive-minded catcher has put up strong numbers behind the plate, throwing out 41% of baserunners throughout his career.
“Catchers are always considered leaders on the field,” said Manager James Frisbie. “Both Green and Gonzalez have plenty of experience back there and have shown great defensive prowess throughout their careers.”
The team opens the 2018 season on April 27th at home against the Long Island Ducks. To save your seat at the ballpark for the upcoming season and other team news, visit www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.
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 http://www.somdbluecrabs.com 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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