Wed., Nov. 23, 2011
El Cajon, Calif. -- Three former members of San Diego Christian College baseball team have signed contracts to play in the Frontier League with the Washington Wild Things (PA). Mike Bando, Trevor Bloom, and China McCarney have inked contracts to play the 2012 summer in Washington, Pennsylvania in one of the premier independent baseball leagues in America.
SDCC head coach, Chris Bando, is also the manager for the Washington Wildthings. Bando praised the opening that this provides players that might not have been noticed by Major League Baseball teams.
“This is a great opportunity for young players with professional talent to get signed by a Major League club,” said Bando. “There is a lot of talent that gets overlooked, and this provides a platform for them to showcase their skills.”
The Frontier League is the longest running independent baseball league, starting in 1993. The league has produced numerous major leaguers over the years and is a highly scouted league for prospects. In 2011, Baseball America’s top 10 Independent League Prospects included 3 from the Frontier League.
Mike Bando (pictured above) was a two year starter for SDCC at multiple infield positions. Bando hit .309 his junior season and slugged 10 homeruns over his two seasons at SDCC. Bando also drove in 39 RBIs in addition to slugging .415.
Bloom (pictured right) played for SDCC for one season, earning 2nd team NCCAA All-American honors. A transfer from Sacramento State, Bloom started in all 47 games and led the Hawks in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.339), hits (65), home runs (5), RBIs (33), and runs (34). Bloom also posted 19 multi-hit games with 15 of those coming against GSAC conference pitching.
McCarney (pictured below) played his senior season at SDCC in 2010 after transferring from Cal State Northrdige and led the team in all major pitching categories in 2010. McCarney was also drafted two times by Major League Baseball organizations; once by the Cleveland Indians in 2008 and once by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009. He turned down professional contracts to finish his college degree.
Coach Bando notes that the competition of the GSAC allows for player to be prepared for the professional level. In addition, the Wild Things look to the GSAC to find undiscovered talent as there will be 7-10 former GSAC players on the roster.
"The Frontier League is the #1 Independent Professional Baseball League for affliate signed players," said Coach Bando. "It is a young prospect league that enables our players to compete against professional talent, which gives them the opportunity to further display their skills."
With the signing of these three players, the San Diego Christian Baseball Program continues its legacy of developing athletes to play at the professional level. Since the program began in 2007, SDCC has now produced nine players that have signed to compete on the professional level.
In 2007, SDCC saw Aaron Vasquez and Josh Doane sign with the Israel Baseball League. In 2008, Lance Janke was drafted in the 14th round by the Cincinnati Reds, Clint Preisendorfer was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 42nd round, and Hank Lanto signed to play in the Northern League. And in 2009, Garrett Lingle played in the Continental Baseball League.
"In this current position, I can give talented players who attend SDCC the ability to play professionally if they get overlooked in the Major League draft." added Coach Bando. “Athletically, our coaching and teaching philosophy is to develop our players for professional baseball. We short change no player in teaching them how to be mentally, physically, and fundamentally sound.”
“We are also coaching future coaches and want to impart to them the right (professional) way to teach baseball to the glory of God.”
For information on the Frontier League, click here.
For the Washington Wild Things website, click here.