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James Frisbie to Return as Blue Crabs Manager in 2018

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced today they have officially removed the “interim” tag on manager James Frisbie and he will return as manager for the 2018 season.

Frisbie began the 2017 season as the Blue Crabs Pitching Coach.  He took over the helm in early August and led the team to the First Half Freedom Division Championship.

“We are very pleased James will be returning to the team in 2018,” said Courtney Knichel, Blue Crabs General Manager. “We believe he can lead the team to our ultimate goal, which is to bring an ALPB Championship to Southern Maryland.”

“I would like to thank Blue Crabs upper management for the opportunity to manage this team during the 2018 season,” said Frisbie. “I know there are many quality candidates to manage in the Atlantic League and it’s an honor and a privilege to manage this ball club again. I look forward to starting the process in building a strong team for the 2018 campaign.”

Besides the last two months of the 2017 ALPB season, Frisbie’s previous skipper duties were managing the Texas Air Hogs of the American Association in 2016. In 2013, Frisbie was named the team manager for the Rockford Aviators and was the manager of the 2015 Frontier League All-Star game.

As a player, the left-handed pitcher was signed by the Alexandria Aces in the Texas-California League in 1998. Frisbie was on staff with the Rio Grande Valley White Wings, the Jackson Senators of Central Baseball League and with the Chillicothe Paints in the Frontier League.

 

Blue Crabs Look to Beef Up Their Battery During ALPB Dispersal Draft

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs selected three players this morning during the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) Bridgeport Bluefish dispersal draft.  The Blue Crabs obtained the 2018 signing rights to two pitchers and a catcher.

Catcher Jose Gil played in 56 games for the Bluefish in 2017 with a batting average of .314, 35 RBIs, three HRs and 26 runs scored.  Gil was signed by the New York Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 2005 where he spent most of the first 10 years of his professional career, including the last five seasons at the AAA level.  2017 was Gil’s third year in the ALPB.

Gil has a minor league career .240 batting average with 49 HRs, 304 RBIs and 271 runs scored.

RHP Charles Brewer finished his first ALPB season in 2017 with an 8-6 record and an ERA of 4.09.  He struck out 117 batters in 141 innings pitched.  Brewer spent nearly all of his eight previous professional seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization after being drafted by them in 2009.  He made four appearances for the MLB team in 2013.

Brewer has a minor league career ERA of 4.01 with 650 strikeouts in 747 innings of work.

LHP Drake Britton is a veteran of ten years of professional baseball with 2017 being his first season in the Atlantic League. Britton was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2007 where he spent seven seasons in their organization, including two years in the MLB in 2013 and 2014. In 2016 he pitched in 37 games for AAA Toledo (Detroit) and collected a 4.57 ERA with 17 strikeouts across 41.1 innings.
Britton made 34 appearances for the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2017, had a 4-1 record and an ERA of 3.68

“We look forward to the opportunity to bring these players into the Blue Crabs organization,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel.  “Our goal is to return to the ALPB Championship in 2018 and each of them would be a great addition to our roster.”

The 2018 Home Opener is April 27, 2018.