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PGCBL Well Represented in MLB

 

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, in its eight seasons of play, has become one of the premiere destinations for players with professional aspirations. In addition to the dozens of players in Minor League Baseball, the PGCBL was well represented in Major League Baseball. This season, ten former PGCBL players appeared in at least one Major League game, while another eight with a connection to a PGCBL franchise logged time in the Majors.

PGCBL Alumni-
Ramon Laureano, Oakland A’s (2013 Glens Falls Golden Eagles)- A major part of Oakland’s run to the MLB postseason, the former Glens Falls Golden Eagle assumed the role of the A’s’ starting centerfielder in the final two months of the season. Laureano hit .288 and scored 27 runs for the A’s, and made one of the best defensive plays of the season early in his tenure with the club.

Mark Leiter, Jr., Toronto Blue Jays (2011-12 Amsterdam Mohawks)- Leiter made 20 appearances during the 2018 season, totalling 23.1 innings of work. After starting the season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Leiter moved to the Toronto Blue Jays in early September. In his Blue Jay debut, Leiter tossed a scoreless inning with former Amsterdam teammate Luke Maile as his catcher.

Tim Locastro, Los Angeles Dodgers (2013 Newark Pilots)- After making his Major League debut during the 2017 season, Locastro appeared in 18 games this season for the NL West Champions. The outfielder recorded his first Major League hit, a double, in a victory over the San Diego Padres on May 4. In the final month of the season, he was used as a pinch runner for the Dodgers, scoring six runs in ten appearances.

Luke Maile, Toronto Blue Jays (2010-11 Amsterdam Mohawks)- The fourth Major League season for Maile saw the catcher appear in 68 games for the Toronto Blue Jays, scoring 22 runs and driving in 27. The former Mohawk recorded the best game of his career on May 11, when he belted two home runs and went 3-for-4 in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

John Means, Baltimore Orioles (2012 Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs)- Means got the call to the Major Leagues in September, and made his MLB debut for the Orioles on September 26 at Fenway Park. The former West Virginia Mountaineer pitched 3.1 innings against the AL East champion Red Sox, and struck out four hitters in his lone appearance of the season.

Cedric Mullins, Baltimore Orioles (2014 Utica Brewers)- The Major League career of Cedric Mullins got off to a fast start, as the outfielder became the first player in Oriole history to record three hits in his MLB debut. On August 10 against the Boston Red Sox, Mullins went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Through the first ten games of his career, the former Utica Brewer was hittting .343 with four multi-hit games.

James Norwood, Chicago Cubs (2012 Cooperstown Hawkeyes)- Norwood made his Major League debut for the Cubs on July 11, and made eleven appearances for Chicago throughout the season. The former Cooperstown Hawkeye earned two holds in Cub wins over the San Diego Padres on July 14 and 15, and finished his season with 1.2 scoreless innings and three strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 25.

Nick Pivetta, Philadelphia Phillies (2012 Glens Falls Golden Eagles)- In his second season as a Major Leaguer, Pivetta was again part of the Phillies’ starting rotation for the entire season. The 2013 fourth round pick earned seven victories and struck out 188 hitters in 164 innings, and was in the top ten in the National League in strikeouts, as well as strikeout to walk ratio.

Trey Wingenter, San Diego Padres (2013 Amsterdam Mohawks)- After being called up to the Major Leagues in early August, Wingenter made 22 appearances for the Padres in the final two months of the season. The Auburn product did not allow a hit or a run in his first three appearances, which included a scoreless inning in his MLB debut against the Milwaukee Brewers, and ended the season with a 3.79 ERA.

Jimmy Yacabonis, Baltimore Orioles (2012 Elmira Pioneers)- The former Elmira Pioneer logged time with the Orioles for the second season in a row, starting seven games and coming out of the bullpen in five more. The righthander had his best start of the season to close the campaign, throwing four scoreless innings with just one hit allowed in a victory over the Houston Astros at Camden Yards on September 30.

PGCBL Releases 2018 Schedule

On Monday, December 11, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL), New York’s premier wooden-bat summer league, officially released the schedule for 2018, its eighth season of competition.

Play is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 1.

View Entire 2018 Schedule

This offseason, the PGCBL announced that it would be moving to a three-division alignment, introducing a Central Division that consists of the Adirondack Trail Blazers, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, Utica Blue Sox, and the league’s newest franchise, the Watertown Rapids.

The East Division includes the Albany Dutchmen, Amsterdam Mohawks, Glens Falls Dragons, Oneonta Outlaws and Saugerties Stallions. The West is comprised of the Elmira Pioneers, Geneva Red Wings, Jamestown Jammers and Newark Pilots.

Each of the PGCBL’s 13 franchises will play 48 games in 2018 – 24 at home and 24 on the road – with the regular season ending on July 31. The postseason dates and a playoff format will be announced by the league in the near future, as will the location of the 2018 PGCBL All-Star Game that will take place on Wednesday, July 18.

Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL has expanded its footprint across the state of New York, growing from eight to 13 franchises, many of which play in former minor league markets. In this past year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, 40 PGCBL alumni were chosen and four alums – Nick Pivetta (Glens Falls/Philadelphia), Mark Leiter, Jr. (Amsterdam/Philadelphia), Jimmy Yacabonis (Elmira/Baltimore) and Tim Locastro (Newark/Los Angeles (NL)) – made their MLB debuts during the 2017 season. PGCBL teams not only bring competitive collegiate baseball to their individual markets, but also provide much needed, affordable family fun and entertainment.

Be sure to follow the PGCBL on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to keep up with the latest news and information on the league and its teams.

About the PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 13-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs – has quickly evolved into the premier wooden-bat league in the state of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event. For more information, please visit www.pgcbl.com.