MiLB Players Play for City of Champions Cup

by Kaitlyn Altmann

The Slammers have begun to sign players to the City of Champions Cup. Among these players are former Minor League affiliated athletes.

(7/7) MLB Pitcher, Ian Krol, will be joining the competition this summer in Joliet. Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 7th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Neuqua Valley HS (Naperville, IL), Krol has pitched in 225 MLB games for the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Angels.

2nd round draft pick, Eric Jenkins, will be playing in the outfield. Jenkins was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from West Columbus HS (Cerro Gordo, NC). Jenkins has played for the Rangers rookie through high A level affiliated teams.                                                                                     

Jordan Rodgers, MiLB prospect, drafted in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA). Rodgers will play as a second baseman and shortstop this summer.

MiLB prospect, Erik Ostberg, will be seen at first base and behind the plate. Ostberg was drafted in the 13th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Hartford (West Hartford, CT).

Manny Jefferson, another MiLB prospect, drafted in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA). Jefferson will be playing as a second baseman and shortstop for the City of Champions Cup. 

(7/6) Dietrich Enns, a former MLB pitcher, will be joining the teams in Joliet this summer. Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 19th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI), Enns made his MLB debut on August 10, 2017. Also, Enns is a local graduate from Lincoln Way East High School.

Andre Nnebe, MiLB prospect, will be seen in the outfield this summer. Nnebe played for Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA). Nnebe was drafted in the 28th round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Glenallen Hill Jr. will also be joining the ranks of the City of Champions Cup players. Hill Jr. will be playing at shortstop, and was drafted in the 4th round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft from Santa Cruz High School (Santa Cruz, CA). Glenallen Hill Jr. will be joining his dad, Glenallen Hill- team manager, in Joliet this summer. 

Colin Barber, another MiLB prospect, drafted in the 4th round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft from Pleasant Valley HS (Chico, CA), will be seen in the outfield this summer.

MiLB prospect, Brandon Riley, drafted in the 14th round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) will be in the outfield, as well, this summer.

Last MiLB prospect, Terence Doston, drafted in the 22nd round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft from Hillsborough HS (Tampa, FL) can also be seen in the outfield competing for the Cup this summer.

(7/3) A handful of familiar Slammers will be joining the draft for the City of Champions Cup. Danny Zardon, Caeden Harris, Jacob Crum, Ryan Koziol, and Mario Samuel will all have the chance to compete in Joliet this summer. 

Slated for the 2020 Slammers roster, Danny Zardon, a first and third baseman, drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL) will be making his debut at DuPage Medical Group Field this summer. Zardon played for the Chicago Cubs rookie and A level affiliated teams. 

Caeden Harris will be playing in left field this summer. Harris played for St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN). 

Jacob Crum will be at right field for the Cup. Crum played for Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI). 

Ryan Koziol will be switching it up this year and will be starting on the mound instead of being a reliever. Koziol played for Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City, FL), Illinois State University (Normal, IL), and University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). 

Mario Samuel, left handed pitcher, will be back. Samuel played for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha, WI). 

(7/2) Local IL player, Zack Soria, will be playing behind the plate and in the outfield this summer. Soria was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft from Florida International University (Miami, FL) and played for their rookie, A, and AAA level affiliated teams.                                                                                                                       

Kipp Rollings, relief pitcher, drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 24th round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft from North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC) will be playing for one of our four teams this summer. Rollings played for the Mariners' A level affiliated team. 

Aaron Bond, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from San Jacinto College, North Campus (Houston, TX) and the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft from San Jacinto College, North Campus (Houston, TX) will be in the outfield this summer. Bond played for the Giant's rookie and A level affiliated teams. 

Nick Horvath, 25th round pick, drafted in the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) by the Baltimore Orioles will be seen on the mound as a relief pitcher and in center field. Horvath played for the A affiliated team for the Orioles.                                                                                         

Outfielder and catcher, Jakob Goldfarb was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 24th round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Oregon (Eugene, OR). Goldbarb played for the rookie level Sox affiliate team.                           

(7/1) Devin Hairston, a 6th round draft pick of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers from University of Louisville (Louisville, KY), will play at shortstop, second base, and center field this summer. Hairston played for the Brewers' A and AA level affiliated teams. 

Justin Jones will be seen at shortstop, second base, and first base this season. Jones played at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA). Jones played for the rookie and A level affiliated teams for the Los Angeles Angels. 

Playing as a second baseman, shortstop, and center fielder this summer is Matt McGarry. McGarry was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 34th round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft from Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, NC). McGarry played for the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees' affiliated rookie teams, and the New York Yankees' level A affiliated team. 

Jordan Procyshen was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 14th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY). Procyshen will play at right field and behind the plate, and played for the level A and AA affiliated teams from the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. 

22nd round pick, Bubby Rossman, drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from California State University, Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA) will be playing as a right fielder and relief pitcher this summer competing for the cup. Rossman played for the Los Angeles Dodgers' rookie and A level affiliated teams. 

(6/30) Zach Kirtley, a 5th round draft pick of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals from Saint Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA), will play at first and second base for the City of Champions Cup season. Kirtley played for the Cardinals’ A and AA level affiliated teams. 

Braxton Light will be on the mound this summer as a relief pitcher. Light was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft from Wallace State Community College (Hanceville, AL). Light played on the Cubs’ rookie level affiliated team. 

Luke Mangieri, a first baseman, drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft from Bradley University (Peoria, IL) will be playing for one of the Joliet based teams this season. Mangieri played on the Pirates’ low and regular A level affiliated teams. 

Eric Peterson, from Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, MN), will be seen at first, second, and third base this summer. Peterson played for the Los Angeles Dodgers for their high A and double A affiliated teams. 

23rd round pick by the Seattle Mariners, Caleb Ricca, drafted in the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft from Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches, LA) will be playing as a shortstop, second, and third baseman this season. Ricca played for the Mariners’ rookie and A level affiliated teams. 

Joey O’Brien will be competing in the quest for the Cup. O’Brien, a right hand starting pitcher, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 6th round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft from College of Southern Nevada (Henderson, NV). O’Brien grew up in Okinawa, Japan, but currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife. 

3rd round pick by the Los Angeles Angels in 2016, Nolan (Nonie) Williams, will be joining the teams in Joliet as an outfielder and shortstop. Williams played for the Angels’ rookie and A level affiliated teams. 

Noah Vaughan, an outfielder and first baseman, drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2018 in the 12th round will be joining the City of Champions Cup season as an outfielder and first baseman. Vaughan played college at the University of Texas at Arlington, and played for the Athletics’ rookie and A level affiliated teams. 

Christian Tripp, a relief pitcher, will be competing in Joliet this summer. Tripp was drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM). Tripp played for the Mets’ rookie and A level affiliated teams.

R.J. Peace drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from Serrano HS (Phelan, CA), will be a relief pitcher for one of our City of Champions Cup teams this season. Peace played for the Marlins’ rookies and A level affiliated teams. 

Four teams will compete for the Cup, all playing a 27 game schedule each at DuPage Medical Group Field from July 16 through September 6. The teams will be made up of players drafted from the ranks of Frontier League players unable to play for their current teams, free agents from MiLB affiliated teams, and tryout participants. 

The names and rosters of the teams, all of which will also be based in Joliet, will be released shortly after the draft held on July 7th.  Each team will play 3-4 home games per week in a schedule that generally will include night games on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with additional ticketed day games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  


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