Sens Faison Signs with Yankees
Jackson, MS; August 22, 2005 - The Jackson Senators of the Central Baseball League (CBL) announced today the New York Yankees have signed outfielder Vince Faison to a minor league contract. Faison will be assigned to the Tampa Yankees, their affiliate in the Class "A" Advanced Florida State League.
Faison, selected as a mid-season CBL All Star and twice named CBL Batter of the Week, was recently named the Sens 2005 Most Valuable Player. He led the team in most every offensive category including hits (98), home runs (15), triples (11), RBI (66), runs scored (56) and slugging percentage (.579). Faison narrowly missed winning the Sens "Triple Crown" as his .303 batting average was just two points behind the team leader. His eleven triples also tops the CBL while his slugging percentage and extra base hits (48) rank fourth and fifth respectively in the circuit.
Originally a first-round draft pick of San Diego in 1999, Faison, 23, spent five seasons in the Padres organization, reaching as high as AA Mobile in 2002 and 2003. After the 2003 season, he was shipped to the Seattle organization, and played with four different clubs, including AAA Tacoma, in 2004. 2005 was Faison's first season in independent baseball.
The Jackson Senators are part of the Central Baseball League, an independent league of eight professional baseball teams located throughout four southern states. The league is playing its twelfth season this summer with teams located in Edinburg, El Paso, Ft. Worth, Robstown, and San Angelo, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Pensacola, Florida; and Jackson, Mississippi. The CBL will play a 94-game schedule between May and August 2005.
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