Spring/Summer Season Spring Training Opens
March 23, 2019 (Federal League Wire Service)
Training officially began for all eight league teams on Saturday
and all of the clubs held their first workouts.
defending league champion Tri-Cities Tritons introduced their
newest players, left handed pitcher Harry Del Valle and outfielder
Ruben Castellanos, both most of the team's established stars,
including playoff MVP Calvin Rayburn and all-stars Zac Miller and
Mike LaManna were absent. Tritons' manager Mike Whittaker also did
not make an on field appearance.
After falling short in last season's Championship Final Series,
the Sunrise Sunsets debuted newcomer shortstop Luis Diaz and
conducted a spirited workout.
Brandon Hull put the team, including returnees, such as George
Negron, through their paces. Notably absent was all-star
outfielder Chris Price, who is still nursing a leg injury
sustained during the playoffs.
Margate Sentries signed one of their two draft picks and got their
first look at infielder Elmer Pichardo. Magdiel Sanchez, who was
acquired in a trade from the Tritons earlier in the week,
participated in batting practice and infield drills.
Goliaths' manager Phil Laufman led his team through an efficient
practice Notable veterans, such as infielder Chris Jones and
outfielder Paul Nolan, were standouts. Draft picks Miguel
Romaguera and infielder Jean Franco were present. Franco has
already signed for the season, Romaguera has not yet.
Hollywood Stars had a well attended practice that featured newly
acquired catcher Dio Castillo among others. Manager Ishy Demoya
was satisfied with the effort put forth by his team, noting that
the Stars were already much better prepared for the coming
campaign than they were at this point last season.
Twins' manager Brent Campbell did not join the Fraternals for
their first workout, but the team welcomed back infielders Clyde
Yeh and Luis Pagan, and outfielder Sheng Tzu-Peng. All three
players missed last season. Pagan is already signed for the
Both Davis and Battiste have been inactive for several seasons.
was the first day that Cory McEwen managed the Broward Cubs on the
field without carrying the interim label. McEwen opened his second
season as Cubs' skipper by leading the teams through a variety of
drills followed by live batting practice.
the Delray Beach Mudcats spent their two hour practice, mostly,
evaluating new players. Unsigned draftees, infielders Jesus
Capriles and Jorge Hechevaria and second baseman Luis Uffre, who
is signed, joined veterans such as Jose Ayala, Joe Feller, Roberto
Esquenazi, and Sean McClaskie.
will continue workouts, with some exhibition games, leading up to
opening day on April 23.
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