Over A Dozen Area Stars To Play For Hometown Team
Syracuse, NY October 19, 2017: The Onondaga Flames summer league baseball team is well on its way to building a roster of the best local talent, together with top college players from coast-to-coast. The Flames will play their inaugural season in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (pgcbl.com) at the Onondaga Community College baseball complex during June and July 2017.
“We are excited to have already signed over a dozen of the best local college talent and are in the process of recruiting several others. Syracuse is a great baseball area and we are pleased to be able to provide these terrific young men a chance to play in front of their hometown fans,” commented Ryan Stevens, Director of Baseball for the Flames, “Local fans are going to be amazed how good these college players are.”
“College coaches pretty much control where their players will play summer league ball. Coaches at the collegiate level place their players where they will get experienced coaching and play at a challenging level of competition,” explained Wayne Walker, Flames president. “The Flames touch both of those bases. Our Director of Baseball has a great reputation in baseball circles and the Perfect Game League competition ranks near the top of all 40 collegiate summer leagues. College coaches as far South as Florida and as far West as California and Washington are placing players in our care for the summer. We will work very hard to reward that trust,” continued Walker.
The Flames Director of Baseball Ryan Stevens, a Dryden native and current Head Baseball Coach at Tompkins Cortland Community College, returned to his hometown in 2013 after a highly successful professional managerial career that included league titles and coach of the year honors while coaching the Alpine Cowboys in the Pecos League. Stevens, who also worked as an associate scout in the West Texas region for the Washington Nationals, served as an assistant coach at Ithaca College during the 2013-14 school year. He graduated from Dryden High before going on to a distinguished collegiate career at SUNY Cobleskill and Frostburg State University (Maryland).
The Perfect Game League had ten alumni selected in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft, which consisted of 30 selections. They also had the third overall selection, Ian Anderson, drafted by the Atlanta Braves. Some 37 PGCBL players were darted in all ten rounds. Over all, since its inception in 2010, the league has had over 1,500 players who were either drafted or have professional ball.