EDMONTON PROSPECTS BASEBALL
For Immediate Release:
Prospects Bring Baseball Back to Telus Field in 2013
By Zach Murray, Media Liaison
FEBRUARY 15, 2013, EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Prospects Baseball Club are very pleased to announce their 2013 season will be played at Telus Field. After reaching a tenancy agreement in principle earlier this week with the Edmonton Capitals, the Prospects immediately began preparations for another season of baseball at Telus.
The Prospects look to improve on their disappointing 6-38 record last year, boasting a much-improved roster, including 14 NCAA Division I players, for 2013.
“We had to re-invent the recruitment process. We’ve worked very diligently over the winter and feel this year is easily the most skilled team we’ve had,” said Tracy Neumann, the Edmonton Prospects General Manager.
Prospects’ Head Coach and Director of Baseball Operations for the University of Nevada, Cameron McMullen echoes the sentiment; “It's going to be a great summer and I'm very confident the people of Edmonton are going to be proud of the product they see on the field.”
The Prospects will continue to provide the City of Edmonton and surrounding region with exciting, high calibre baseball entertainment at an exceptional value. Fans can expect a tremendous baseball experience at Telus Field along with promotional events and activities providing entertainment for all ages.
The Prospects continue to play in the Western Major Baseball League, Canada’s Premier Collegiate Summer League, showcasing top college and university athletes from primarily Canada and the U.S. in a 2-month “sprint” regular season through June and July with playoffs extending into mid-August. Although re-branded as the “WMBL” in 2000, the league’s predecessors date back over half a century in Canada.
According to WMBL’s website, “The tradition of showcasing top college prospects from both sides of the border has continued with several former WMBL players being drafted by Major League Baseball every year.” Current count has dozens of former WMBL players at various levels of affiliated baseball including the MLB:
- John Axford, RHP (Melville 2006), Milwaukee Brewers,
- Jeremy Horst, LHP (Red Deer 2004, Saskatoon 2005-06), Philadelphia Phillies
- Dan Runzler, LHP (Yorkton 2004), San Francisco Giants
The Edmonton Prospects will battle teams from Lethbridge, Okotoks, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Melville, Yorkton and Weyburn on their quest to win the Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy.
The Prospects Home Opener is June 4 @ 7:05pm. For more details on the Edmonton Prospects Baseball Club, go to: www.prospectsbaseballclub.com
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Additional WMBL Information can be found at: www.wmbl.ca