Slammers Trade with Pioneer League Ogden Raptors

by Lauren Baca

Joliet, IL (December 13, 2021) – The Joliet Slammers announced the acquisition of catcher Kyle Kaufman and right-hand pitcher Mark Mixon from the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League.  

Heading to the Ogden Raptors are catcher/right fielder Jordan Rathbone and right-hand pitcher Tom Walker. 

Kaufman, catcher, hit .316 this first year outside of the NCAA, earned 4 home runs and 27 RBIs, and threw out 40% of base runners.  

Mixon, right-handed relief pitcher, formerly with the Miami Hurricanes (3 in 1 with 2.33 ERA), pitched 6 in 1 with 51 strikeouts in 58 innings during the 2021 season with the Raptors.  

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Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. In September of 2020, the Frontier League reached an agreement to become a “Partner League” with Major League Baseball.

As a “Partner League,” the Frontier League and its teams will meet on a regular basis with MLB representatives to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities, as well as collaborate on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada.

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