March 20, 2017 - Prospect League (Prospect) - West Virginia Miners
A pair of right-handed pitchers, Nick DeArmond and Keenan Dodd, who are both off to fine starts this spring for Eastern New Mexico University, have both signed contracts to play baseball this summer for the West Virginia Miners of the Prospect League. The team announced their contract signings on the morning of March 20 and makes them the 18th and 19th names to be revealed that will make up the Miners' 28-man roster.
Both pitchers have been huge factors in assisting ENMU to win 18 of their first 23 games through games of March 17. The Portales, NM school is a member of the 7-team NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference.
DeArmond is a 6-3, 210 pound resident of Gallop, NM and opposing hitters have only been able to touch him for a .179 batting average through his first eight appearances (one start) for ENMU in games through March 17. Over that span in 21 innings of work he has struck out 27 hitters while allowing only five walks resulting in him logging a 3-1 record along with one save and a 2.57 earned run average for the Greyhounds. He is a redshirt junior, who previously played for Southern Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ before arriving at ENMU. He played his high school baseball at Hiroshi Miyamura High School in Gallop, NM, where he earned four years All-District, Second Team All-State and North South Player of the Year honors under coach Bryan Silva.
Dodd, also a junior, has been used more in a starting role (4 of his 5 appearances on the mound) by ENMU through games of March 17. The 6-0, 180 pound righty has also been stingy against opposing hitters, who have only been able to record a a .208 batting average against him in his first 21 innings pitched this spring. He is striking out better than a batter per inning with 31 and also showing great control by issuing only five walks. The Albuquerque, NM resident has a 3-1 record and a 2.57 earned run average. He is a converted infielder as in 2015 as a freshman, he started 38 games at shortstop for the Hounds. In 123 at bats, he finished the season with a .252 average, recording 31 hits, 15 RBI and a slugging percentage of .350. As a high schooler, Dodd played at Hope Christian High School in Albuquerque, NM under coach Sean Anthony. He earned first team All-State three consecutive years as a pitcher and two years at shortstop.
The Prospect League is the premier collegiate wood bat summer baseball league in the Midwest. It has been operating in its current form since 2009 while serving the summer baseball needs of top collegiate players. The 2016 Prospect League title won by the Miners was the team's third league championship in the last five seasons.
Season-long box seats and other ticket packages for the West Virginia Miners are already on sale for the 2017 Prospect League season, which begins on May 30 while the Miners home opener will be on June 1 versus the Butler (PA) Blue Sox. Persons needing more information on the Miners can contact the team either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 304-252-7233.