Three Former Moose Sign UFA Contracts with MLB Teams
Sanford, ME- Three former Sanford Mainers signed Undrafted Free Agent contracts with Major League ball clubs last week. Harrison Ray (Toronto Blue Jays), Justin Lavey (Seattle Mariners) and Dylan Hall (New York Mets).
Dylan Hall who was on the Mainers pitching staff in 2018 signed with the Mets last Monday. During his time with the Moose, Hall started seven games, recording 20 strikeouts in 30.0 innings pitched. Hall started his college career at Virginia Tech and spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons in Blacksburg before transferring to Central Oklahoma.
During his first season at Central Oklahoma, Hall tied the school record for starts in a season with 16 and set the single-season school strikeout record with 123 strikeouts. In the shortened 2020 season, the 6-foot-5-inch right-handed pitcher posted a 4-1 record and struck out 45 batters in 30 IP.
Justin Lavey, a member of the 2017 Mainers, signed with the Mariners. Lavey hit .205 in 21 games for the Moose, but collected nine hits in his final nine games, but went on to explode throughout the remainder of his college career. The third baseman spent his college career at the University of Louisville. In the 2019 season, Lavey played in all 69 games for the Cardinals and posted a .286 batting average. He also matched his career highs with three home runs and 33 runs batted in over the course of the 2019 season.
Lavey earned honors in 2019 including being named to the All ACC third team and the NCAA All- Louisville Regional Team. In the shortened 2020 season, Lavey was the only player to start all 17 games for the Cardinals. In that time he had a .316 average with seven doubles, one triple, and a team high 17 RBI. He ended the 2020 season with a career high 12-game hitting streak.
Harrison Ray, another member of the 2017 Mainers squad signed with the Blue Jays. In the 2017 NECBL season, Ray had 20 hits and 11 RBI in 30 games. Ray played college ball at Vanderbilt University. In 2019, Ray had three hits, two runs and two RBI in the College World Series finals. He also led the team with 21 stolen bases on 24 attempts that year.
In the shortened 2020 season, Ray was named to the preseason All-SEC second team and reached base safely in 17 of the 18 games. Ray also posted a .979 fielding percentage having only one error in 48 chances.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Major League Baseball held an abbreviated draft for the 2020 season. Unlike its normal 40-round draft process, it was cut to just five rounds highly limiting the amount of athletes proceeding onward to a professional career. The entire Mainers organization is proud of the accomplishments of these three Mainers and extend best wishes in their path to the top.
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