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Jose is a 6’2 205 lb. sophomore infielder from Pinar del Rio, Cuba. As a freshman Jose hit .320 with 3 HR, 9 2B, 32 RBI and scored 38 runs. He also had 7 stolen bases. Jose only had 6 errors last season with .982 fielding percentage. At Judson high school Jose was a Two-Time First-Team All-District, and Second Team All-District.“Jose is a big time player who is really going to impact us this summer! I’m extremely excited about signing him, he can really hit. He’s a great athlete who is on a different level than most, I think he has a great chance of playing professionally one day. Jose will play some 3rd base and 1st base for us, I’m sure he could even play some 2B if we wanted to get creative and maximize power in our line-up. He will hit somewhere for us 2-5 and be an impact player. He’s a tough out, and faces quality competition during his college season so I know he will come in and be ready to play. He’s a very motivated and driven young man with pro aspirations so I know he’s going to come to Albert Lea ready to work hard every day.”
Welcome Jose Diaz to the #LakeShow!
Manna is an Omaha, Nebraska native. He will serve as the teams 1B Coach. Manna graduated from Waldorf University where he was a 2 sport athlete; he lettered in baseball and bowling all 4 years. He was in the pitching rotation all four years for the Warriors where he is in the top 10 of numerous pitching records. He also started games at 2B his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Manna is currently in his 1st season as the Head Coach of the Waldorf University men’s and women’s bowling programs. “Baseball has and always will be a passion for me. I have enjoyed my time playing, and now I’m ready to give back. I’m excited to join Coach Keeran, the rest of the staff, and the players in making this summer unforgettable. I feel as though I can bring a lot of energy and knowledge to the team. During my playing career, I played every position. I look forward to being able to help out as much as I can, wherever I am needed.” – Coach Manna
“Tony is extremely passionate about athletics, and I am very excited to have him on staff. I think he will do a great job as the 1B coach, and will also help the team out with a variety of areas. He knows all facets of the game so it’s hard to pinpoint what he will be doing every day. I know he will be helpful with analysis and putting together game-plans on opposing teams. I’ve had a great relationship with Tony and know he’s going to do a great job. He brings head coaching experience, and knows the Albert Lea area very well. I think Tony is going to help us accomplish something very special this summer.” – Coach Keeran
Albert Lea Lakers sign RHP Christian Peery from Lamar Community College. Peery is a 5’11 175 lb. side-arm RHP from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The sophomore pitched in 25 games last season for the Lopes with a 5.10 ERA. Peery recorded 8 saves last season, which was good for top 15 in the entire nation. He had 20 strikeouts in 24 innings last season with opposing hitters hitting .245 off of Peery. Being the Lopes closer last season, Peery is used to pressure.“Christian will be a back-end of the bullpen guy for us. He’s going to pitch in pressure situations late in the game as a set-up man or closer for us. It’s nice to have someone who’s already used to being in the late game situations. He’s a nice weapon to have being a side-armer. Side-Arm pitchers are extremely difficult on right handed hitters. He did pretty well as a freshman closer, so I expect this year his numbers will only be better. You can tell by talking to him he loves the game and wants to play at the highest level he can. I am excited to see him dial up some funky stuff for us and be effective out of the bullpen.”
Cade Seabold is a freshman at Orange Coast College. Seabold is an OF/1B. The 6’3 225 lb. freshman had quite the impressive high school career at Newport Harbor High School. Seabold hit .565 his JR season in the Sunset League, with 2 HRs and 12 doubles, earning him 1st team honors. His SR season he made 1st team honors again, while making the North Vs South All-Star game and showcase. He was a participant in the Sunset Home Run Derby. He was second-team All-Orange County as well. He batted .333 with 7 HRs, with a .489 On-Base Percentage.
Orange Coast College Baseball is considered one of the best Junior College Baseball Programs in the nation, going 36-12 last season, and was rated #1 at one point in the season in the CCCAA. They won back to back State Championships in 2014 and 2015, while being recognized as the #1 Junior College team in the country in 2014. Cade’s brother Connor Seabold played at Cal State Fullerton and was drafted in the 3rd round of the MLB draft last year by the Philadelphia Phillies.
“Cade is a great sign for us, especially offensively. He’s going to get a lot of playing time because of what he can do with the bat. He hits for average really well and can hit for power, which is a combo you don’t see very often anymore. He hit extremely well in a tough pitchers conference in high school, and had a great fall for the Pirates at 1B. He will play a lot of OF for me, but will also get some time in the IF. He’s definitely a D1 talent, and will be at a division 1 school in no time. You can tell from his swing that he uses leverages and angles very well. I’m very excited to see what he can do for us in the middle of our line-up. He’s got pro talent in his family already; I really wouldn’t be surprised if he played professionally one day.”
Cole Petersen of Southwest Minnesota State University signs with the Albert Lea Lakers! Cole is a LHP for SMSU, about to begin his JR (RS) season. He was a Northern Sun All-Conference pitcher last season. He was 3rd in the entire conference in ERA, with a 1.70 ERA in 10 appearances and 8 games started. He was 6-2 on the mound with 29 K’s in 53 innings, only walking 19 batters all season. He was in the rotation as a freshman as well. Cole pitched for the Glencoe Brewers the past season with ERAs of 2.00 and 3.65. He was 5-3 in those two seasons.
“Cole is a big signing for us because he will bring in a successful background against a good hitting conference. He gets the job done plain and simple, the stats don’t lie. He gets hitters out, and he wins. He might not light the radar gun up like some of the other guys we have signed, but he’s a competitor and a winner. He will be a great guy to have in our rotation. I saw him throw in Arizona and he mixes up extremely well, and causes weak contact. He gave up just 6 extra base hits all of last season; that says a lot about how good of a pitcher he truly is. You’re gonna have to beat him the hard way. I am glad he’s on our side, and we don’t have to face him.” – Coach Keeran