Area roundup: Slammers' Meggs joins long list of Frontier League success stories
JOLIET – The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are proud the announce it has sold the rights to outfielder Joe Meggs to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Meggs hit .289 with seven doubles and 12 RBIs, in 35 games for Joliet last summer.
The Bellevue, Wa., native joins the list of several former Slammers currently in organized baseball, such as lefties Aaron Dott in Double-A Trenton for the Yankees and Geoff Brown, who pitched for the Dodgers in Class A last summer. Former Slammers pitcher Jacob Sanchez played Rookie League ball last year for the White Sox (Pioneer League), earning Pitcher of the Year after starting the season with the Slammers. Joliet Catholic Academy graduate Ryan Quigley helped the Slammers to their 2011 championship with a league record 28 saves and then moved on to the San Diego Padres organization. Meggs’ former Slammers teammate Marquis Riley is off and running with the Atlanta Braves organization.
Several former Frontier Leaguers donned major league uniforms in 2013 and 67 alumni played for their minor league affiliates. Frontier Leaguers who saw time in the majors last year included White Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod, who played for the Windy City Thunderbolts in 2009 and Blue Jays pitcher Steve Delabar who played for Florence Freedom in 2009.
Other big leaguers include Washington Nationals pitcher and Wilmington native Tanner Roark, who played for Southern Illinois in 2008, and Joe Thatcher of the Diamondbacks was part of the pitching staff for River City in 2004 and 2005. Former Washington Wild Things pitcher Vidal Nuno debuted for the Yankees in 2013 after being named the best rookie in their Spring Training. Twelve more former Frontier Leaguers saw time in Triple A last season and hope to make that next step this summer.
The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet and are members of the professional independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at 815-722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.
Lewis swept by Truman State: The GLVC season started off on a rough note for Lewis, as the Flyers were swept by Truman State, 7-0 and 4-1, on Saturday.
The Flyers (4-9, 0-2) managed just eight hits on the afternoon. Alyssa Moseley accounted for three of the Flyers’ eight hits, including a double.