Slammers 2 for 1 Trade with New York Boulders

by Lauren Baca

Joliet, IL (December 7, 2021) – The Joliet Slammers announced Monday the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Tanner Kiest and outfielder Milton Smith, Jr. from the New York Boulders. 

Heading to New York from Joliet is Andres Regnault.

Kiest, a right-handed reliever, appeared in 32 games for the Boulders in 2021 and finished with a 3-9 mark with six saves. The 27-year-old hard thrower struck out 66 in 40 innings. He gives the Slammers another veteran power arm out of the bullpen.   

Smith, Jr., 24, was New York’s starting center fielder last season and hit .275 with four home runs and 33 RBI. He also swiped 35 bases out of 37 attempts. 

Having only been acquired by Joliet from Gateway earlier this off-season,  Regnault, 6’ and 250 pounds, in 72 games for the Gateway Grizzlies, hit .317 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI. The 22-year-old was born in Caracas, VZ, and spent the 2016-2019 seasons in the New York Mets’ organization, the final season with Kingsport of the Appalachian League.

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