Saturday, February 27, 2010

Eri Yoshida offered contract by Chico Outlaws

A total of 55 players out of the Arizona Winter League were offered professional contracts on Thursday, including Eri Yoshida. The 18-year-old Japanese knuckleballer was drafted by the Chico Outlaws and if she signs she'll be the first woman ever to play in the Golden Baseball League. Assuming she inks a deal, she will make two trips to Victoria this season -- July 26-28 and August 14-17. Mark those dates on your calendar and (if she signs) come on out to Royal Athletic Park to watch her take to the mound.

Eight of the ten teams in the Golden Baseball League drafted players out of the Arizona Winter League. The only two teams who did not take any of these players were the Victoria Seals and the Cimarrones De Tijuana. Seals manager Darrell Evans and his right-hand man, coach Dan DiPace, have been busy with the California Winter League (CWL) over the past month or so. Evans was league commissioner and the lead instructor. Now that the CWL season has wrapped up, we'll likely see the Seals sign some players out of that league. It just may take a while longer before any announcements are forthcoming.