CRABS SNAG VETERAN BLANKE AND RELIEVER ROBERTSHAW FOR 2017

(Waldorf, MD., Mar. 23, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the signing of catcher/first baseman Mike Blanke and right-handed pitcher Britt Robertshaw to Blue Crabs roster on Thursday, in preparation for their 10th anniversary season.

Mike Blanke made his Atlantic League debut with the Long Island Ducks in 2015. The 28-year-old catcher was drafted in the 2010 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox out of The University of Tampa. Blanke spent four seasons in the White Sox organization, before a brief stint with the Red Sox in 2015. Blanke has spent the last two seasons with the Ducks, hitting .282 with 43 RBI in his 2015 campaign.

Britt Robertshaw comes to the Blue Crabs looking for a return to form after missing the entire 2016 season due to injury. The 27-year-old righty out of Cedar Park, Texas made his professional debut in 2014 with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League. Coming out of the bullpen for the Miners, he compiled a 3.08 ERA, while averaging over a strikeout per inning. Robertshaw spent the 2015 season with the Carolina Mudcats, an Atlanta Braves affiliate, where he finished the year with a 3.42 strikeout to walk ratio.

“We’re excited to add Blanke and Robertshaw to the roster this year,” said Manager John Harris. “Blanke brings experience and versatility to the squad. Robertshaw has a live arm and will further increase our depth out of the bullpen this year.”

The team opens up the 2017 season on April 20th in Waldorf versus the Long Island Ducks. The team kicks off its 10th Anniversary season with Crustacean Celebration presented by Elite Beatz on April 8th. To save your seat at the ballpark for the upcoming season and other team news, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 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 open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

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 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

 

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