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Blue Crabs Hire Hitting Coach Beauchamp for 2018

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced today the hiring of 1993 Northern League MVP and Batting Title Winner Kash Beauchamp as the 2018 Hitting Coach.

Beauchamp’s coaching experience includes a stint as a hitting coach in the Montreal Expos farm system, leading the New Jersey Jackals to a Northeast League Championship and managing the Lincoln Saltdogs, Adirondack Lumberjacks and Pensacola Pelicans.

“I have known Kash for many years. He is simply an outstanding teacher of not only hitting, but baseball as a whole,” said Blue Crabs Manager James Frisbie.  “He will bring an extreme amount of knowledge, passion, and intensity to our 2018 campaign. Kash is a tireless worker on the mental and physical side of the game. I can’t express enough how blessed we are to have him join the Blue Crabs.”

“It’s an honor and a privilege to help players achieve the goals that they set for themselves,” said Beauchamp.  “I am very thankful of the entire Blue Crabs organization for giving me the opportunity to remain in the greatest game in the world and bring a great baseball experience to Southern Maryland.”

Beauchamp was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the first overall pick in the 1982 amateur draft. He played in the minors for twelve seasons, reaching as high as AAA. His signing with the Cincinnati Reds after his MVP season in the Northern League made him the first position player signed out of independent baseball.

Accolades during his playing days include the 1984 Carolina League All-Star Game MVP and being voted the Best Defensive Outfielder and Outfielder with the best arm in the Carolina League by Baseball America. He also was the first position player signed out of independent baseball.

In his 35 years of professional baseball experience, Beauchamp has also held front office positions.  He served as the scouting director of the Golden Baseball League and as the Vice President and Director of Baseball Operations for the South Coast League.

 

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.

Bluefish Player Dispersal Draft November 1, 2018

 

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ATLANTIC LEAGUE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL NEWS

(Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 30, 2017) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs today announced that a Player Dispersal Draft will be held for ALPB clubs to obtain the 2018 negotiating rights to players whose rights are currently controlled by the Bridgeport Bluefish.

The Dispersal Draft will be held on Wednesday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Draft order is based on 2017 overall regular season won-loss record and is as follows:

  1. New Britain (58-81)
  2. Sugar Land (67-73)*
  3. Southern Maryland (67-73)*
  4. York (68-72)
  5. Long Island (73-67)
  6. Somerset (74-65)
  7. Lancaster (76-64)

* Order determined by coin-flip

The draft will consist of three rounds with a fourth pick optional. Results will be reported live via the Atlantic League’s Twitter account (@AtlanticLg) and on AtlanticLeague.com following the selection process. Any undrafted players will become free agents.

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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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 regarding the Atlantic League, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

 

Blue Crabs Release 2018 Schedule!

2018 ScheduleThe Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) has announced its Championship Season Schedule for 2018.  The league’s 21st season of play will feature a 126 game schedule that will begin for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs with their Home Opener on April 27, 2018 versus the Long Island Ducks.

With the addition of the Road Warriors to the Liberty Division, a team that will play each of its games on the road, the Blue Crabs will host opponents 72 times at Regency Furniture Stadium and play 54 road games.

The 2018 home schedule includes a July 4th game versus the Somerset Patriots, Sunday afternoon games on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a three game series versus the Lancaster Barnstormers on Memorial Day Weekend and a three game series versus the Road Warriors on Labor Day Weekend.

“We didn’t think that the schedule could get any better than the 2017 season schedule, but this schedule proves us wrong,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel.  “To open the season on a Friday is huge!  The schedule is loaded with big weekend matchups, week-day games, and a good amount of holiday dates,” said Knichel.

“We are excited to announce our schedule and look forward to what should be an outstanding Championship Season in 2018,” said League President Rick White. “The Atlantic League saw 55 player contracts purchased by Major League organizations and foreign professional leagues during the 2017 season, and we expect more of the same next year.”

The 21st Annual Atlantic League All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 11. This year’s midsummer classic will be hosted by Long Island at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. 2018 marks the third time the Ducks will host the All-Star Game, previously doing so in 2002 and 2010.

The ALPB schedule is divided into two 63-game halves, with the first half ending on Thursday, July 5 and the regular season ending on Sunday, September 16. The first half and second half champions in each division will qualify for 2018 Atlantic League playoffs. Should one or both teams win each half in their respective division, a wild card scenario comes into play where the team(s) with the next best overall record, regardless of division, qualifies for the postseason. Both Division Championship Series matchups will take place the week of September 17, 2017 with the Atlantic League Championship Series occurring during the week of September 24.

2018 Calendar Revised2018 Calendar RevisedA complete promotional schedule for the 11th Season of Blue Crabs Baseball will be released at a later date.  2018 season tickets and mini plans are on sale now.  Individual tickets for the 2018 season are scheduled to go on sale in the new year.  For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.