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2009 Arizona Winter League Launches With 190 Players

January 29, 2009 - Golden Baseball League (GBL) News Release

(Yuma, AZ. January 29, 2009) The 2009 Arizona Winter League is set as 190 players from six countries, including 41 states in the U.S, and five provinces in Canada have reported to Yuma and will comprise 8 teams with games beginning on Friday, January 30th. This is the only winter developmental/instructional baseball league in the U.S. for professional players that are either under contract or are free agents. In it's third season, the AWL has seen over 100 alumni signed to pro contracts with major league, independent minor league, and foreign pro teams.

"This is an impressive group of players and has a surprising number of pro players from Japan and Korea this season," said Arizona Winter League Commissioner Kevin Outcalt. "It's great to bring this exciting level of baseball to the southwest each year and expanding to eight teams this season provides even more opportunity for players and fans."

Playing in cities in southern California and Arizona desert communities with balmy winter weather, the Arizona Winter Legue will be structured in two divisions wth the American Division made up of the defending champion Blythe Heat, the Palm Springs Chill, the San Diego Surf Dawgs, and theYuma Scorpions. The International Division is comprised of Team Canada, the Western Canada Miners, the San Luis Atleticos and the Saskatchewan Silver Sox. The teams will play a 20 game schedule throughout February with playoffs and a championship game at the end of the month. New to the AWL this season are the San Luis Atleticos, Team Canada, and the Saskatchewan SilverSox. Two Arizona Winter League players from the 2007 season are now in the major leagues --Sergio Romo with the San Francisco Giants and Scott Richmond with the Toronto Blue Jays. Statistics for the Arizona Winter League can be found on the ESPN Sportsticker site at www.howesportsdata.com. Daily standing and stories can be found at www.arizonawinterleague.com.

Based in Yuma, Arizona the AWL is estimated to provide economic mpact of over $2M to Yuma through hotel rooms, restaurants, payroll, transportation, game day revenue, merchandise, and spending by family, friends, and fans coming to town for the games. In addition over 100 jobs are provided by the teams across the league during the season.

The rosters for this season are:

American Division:

Blythe Heat Palm Springs Chill San Diego Surf Dawgs Yuma Scorpions

Mgr Kash Beauchamp Mgr Darrell Evans Mgr Cory Snyder Mgr Mike Marshall

P Mario Guilin P Tom Comiskey P Kristofer Bakey P Dominick Bartoli

P Ryan Krepela P Ronny Hill P Ryann Foss P Zach Beals

P Shane McHale P Charlie Hesseltine P Derek Luque P Mario Canales

P Yoh Ochiai P Paul Lepore P Austin Moore P Brandon Horton

P Corey Parsons P Mikael Ryder P Michael Nagamatsu P Kyle Klein

P Mason Scott P Kirk Spreiter P Chris Patterson P James Kuzniak

P Joe Ullman P Justin Taylor P Christopher Ryan P Tyler Pearson

C David Adamchick C Aaron Jiminez P Michinao Yamamura P Andrew Romo

C Gilbert Guilin C Matt Kavanaugh C Justin Holloway C Tim Martinez

C Taylor Kearney C Brett Urie C Ryan Mocarski C Jonathan Thomas

INF Ryan Arcadia INF Paul Buchan C Kiki Sanchez INF Arthur Barone

INF Bryan Barrington INF Michinao Hirano INF Chris DiBlasi INF Matt Edgecombe

INF Louie Curcio INF Joey Martin INF Pete Doherty INF Brandon Howard

INF Joel Hartman INF Takashi Miyoshi INF Preston Hills INF Koshigoe Takenori

INF Juan Hernandez INF Pedro Montero INF Joe Jacobs INF Ruben Sanchez

INF Andrew James INF Thomas Rich INF Katsuhisa Tanaka INF Doug Sanders

INF Joseph Kala INF Trent Thompson INF Brad Netzel INF Jovan Santos

INF Daniel Souza OF Johnny Coit INF Jack Spence INF Joe Weibruda

OF Chris Akins OF Casey Raisbeck OF Dave Anderson OF Jacob Almoraz

OF Bobby Brown OF Mike Reeves OF Robert Blankenship OF Brandon Flythe

OF Jairo Jimenez OF Willie Schlick OF Derrek Perren OF Kyle Gerhart

OF Robin Moore OF Stephen Schneider OF Bruce Robinson OF Erik Lingren

OF Michael Olsen OF Yuki Takagawa OF Garrett Smith OF Brian Noeding

OF Aaron Wagner OF Eric Williams OF Ryan Warken

International Division:

San Luis Atleticos Saskatchewan Silver Sox Team Canada Western Canada Miners

Mgr Greg Cadaret Mgr James Frisbie Mgr. Garry Templeton Mgr. Brooks Carey

P Andrew Mott P Eun Chul Choi P David Cross P David Bellerperche

P Mak DiBernardo P Matthew Gibbs P Robert Delnois P Issei Izumi

P Matthew Marc-Aurele P Nathan Ginsburg P Reid Horton P Roger Lincoln

P Jordan McCvitt P Jae Hun Jung P Tim Karkatselos P Art Marmelejo

P Thomas Romero P Keith Karbowski P D.J. Lysenko P Robert Maxwell

P Brett Sangiolo P Kyle Stahlberg P Brad Little P Matt Morris

C Stuart Champion P Matthew Withem P Nolan Shaffer P Kevin Piccirillo

C Osiris Gonzalez C Jonah Martin C Nathan Raffle P Masaru Watanabe

C BJ Underkofler C Corey Thrush C Cody Sandzimire C Bryan Ciminelli

INF Noel Berumen C Kent Wright C Jimmy Tenerovich C Marcus Quade

INF Mitch Elliott INF Juan Arriaga INF James Cummings INF Caleb Cunningham

INF Alberto Fraijo INF Joshua Barton INF Brett Flowers INF Anthony Hernandez

INF Dan Heskin INF Matt Eiden INF Chad Gordon INF Jeremy Hunt

INF Brandon Jackson INF Toma Irakawa INF Joshua Jones INF Beau Manning

INF Aoko Matsuoka INF Hong Kim INF Peter Moore INF Michael Meredith

INF Clint Stottlemeyer INF Ryan Pembroke INF Franklin Reyes INF Michael Stier

INF Aaron Turner INF Rob Recuenco INF Elias Torres INF Hiroaki Tanaka

OF Johnny Lewis INF Evan Romanchuck INF Christopher Weakley INF Jimmy Turk

OF Isidro Perez OF Nicholas Bleau OF Colin Gold OF Ryan Crespi

OF Christopher Petrie OF Chris Budelli OF Rickey McGraw OF Evan Curbeam

OF Peter Rodriguez OF Jake Borcher OF Gregory Najak OF Greg Dumouchel

OF Adam Shewey OF Joshua Cox OF Charles Shapiro OF Billy Krause

OF Adam Ward OF Rickey McKinley OF Christopher Wilkins OF Aaron Lilly

OF Jamien Payne OF Lamar Martin

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