Frontier League all-star joins Champions
The 25-year-old had a career year with Lake Erie in 2017, turning heads with a 2.53 ERA in 17 starts as a Crusher.
OTTAWA – A slew of roster moves highlights a busy end to December for Ottawa Champions manager Hal Lanier, as he begins to shape his team’s 2018 roster with some key early moves.
Lanier bolstered the Champions pitching staff by conducting an interleague trade with a team in the Frontier League. In late December, the Lake Erie Crushers dealt RHP JORDAN KUROKAWA to the Champions in exchange for a PTBNL.
“We’re very excited to bring in an all-star pitcher,” Lanier commented. Kurokawa was selected to the independent league’s all-star roster at the end of the 2017 season.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, the 25-year-old had a career year with Lake Erie in 2017, turning heads with a 2.53 ERA in 17 starts as a Crusher. Notably, he only walked 26 batters in that span, which covered 117.1 innings pitched.
He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, and appeared in 13 games for the GCL Phillies during the 2016 campaign.
The Champions are still waiting for their first re-signing, but Lanier is in conversation with multiple former members of the team regarding their return to the organization.
- INF SEBASTIAN DIAZ (.000/.250/.000 in 2017)
- INF ALEX VENDITTI (.262/.326/.452 in 2017)
- LHP ANDREW CAMIOLO (0.1 IP, 54.00 ERA, 0 H, 4 BB, 1 K in 2017)
Photo: Tim Wright/Hawaii Tribune-Herald