United League Has Banner Year Assigning Player Contracts
October 22, 2007 - United League Baseball (ULB) News Release
Edinburg, TX; October 22, 2007 - The United League of Professional Baseball (ULB) today announced that over the course of the past year, thirteen of its players had their contracts purchased by Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs and one player purchased by a club in Taiwan.
The San Angelo Colts led the league with seven players signed by MLB clubs. This list includes Luke Massetti and Stephen Artz signed by the Yankees, while Chase Vacek will be attending spring training with the Bronx Bombers; Kevin Bass and John Anderson both signed by the White Sox; Eric Harryman signed by the Tigers; and Drew Coffey signed by the Rockies.
Three other ULB clubs had members of their squads signed by affiliated organizations. The Alexandria Aces had three players signed by MLB; Justin Dowdy went to the Athletics, Adam Cox was sent to the Red Sox and Ryan Smith is now in the White Sox system. The Edinburg Coyotes followed suit placing Aaron Sisk with Tampa Bay and Robinson Cancel with the New York Mets. Lastly, the Laredo Broncos sent Edwin Maldonado to Houston's spring training and Yorkin Ferreras was signed by the Sinon Bulls of the Taiwanese Professional Baseball League.
To top things off, Edwar Ramirez, the lone player sold in 2006 to affiliated baseball, was named Minor League Baseball's 2007 Pitcher of the Year. Ramirez was sold by the Edinburg Coyotes to the New York Yankees, where he spent the stretch run of the 2007 season on the Major League roster.
Ex-Major League manager and current Colts skipper Doc Edwards had an idea on why 2007 was a banner year, "In the fall of 2006, League President Craig Brasfield implemented a new approach to the process by getting team managers involved in assisting in the sale of players to Major League Organizations. The managers work at the field level and have access to the scouts who visit the park, allowing us to give very credible information to the scouts and their clubs."
League President Craig Brasfield added, "We are excited about our accomplishments during the 2007 season of selling players to affiliated clubs. It gives a tremendous amount of credibility when our field managers talk to potential players for our 2008 season and beyond. If you play for a United League Club, you have a legitimate chance to get to affiliated baseball."
Edwards added, "To see the United League go from 1 to 14 players sold, and the possibility of as many as 20 by the time spring camp opens, in just one year is above realization. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that most independent leagues have at least eight teams and the United League achieved it with only six."
United League Baseball is an independent league of six professional baseball teams located in Texas and Louisiana. The United League is preparing for their third season this summer with teams located in Amarillo, Edinburg, Laredo, Harlingen, and San Angelo, Texas; and Alexandria, Louisiana.
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